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Touring Quotes

We’ve collected the best Touring Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: John Gourley, Drake Bell, Aaron Dessner, Lizz Wright, Jack Antonoff. Use them as an inspiration.

We pride ourselves on being a touring band. We work very hard to give a great and unique performance.
I just love singing, songwriting and touring.
After years of touring you experience music festivals that are mostly the same – where you copy and paste the same experience into a muddy field in California or a muddy field in England.
Making a record and being a touring artist is about cooperation between spirit, craft, emotion, and focus.
I’ve been touring through Texas since I was 15, on my first tour ever.
When we’re out touring, we often go to clubs to see people play. The alternative is to go back to the hotel And that’s no good.
When I wasn’t touring I’d be really down, then suddenly after a few weeks of crazy travelling – America, a double headline with Ray Davies in Denmark, TV shows here and just partying… Suddenly I had an acute psychotic breakdown.
Once you start out, you are kind of finding out who you are, and then by the time you get to the second album or you’ve been touring a lot, doing live shows or whatever, the sound starts to shift slightly to something that is more the true essence of what the band really is.
I’m no spring chicken. The same arthritis that ate up my left hip that finally got replaced hasn’t stopped there… And touring is a lot of work. I’m impressed when I see people like Eric Clapton out there. Gee whiz, Eric, give me a break! I know it’s gotta hurt somewhere.
Steve Perry
I feel like I’ve spent the majority of my time touring and traveling, so if I reduced the actual time making music, it’s probably four and a half years at the most.
I’ll be like Bob Hope, touring when I’m 100.
In the past, we never really had that kind of spontaneity on record. When you start touring, you play songs in a certain way and then I start to feel like it’s tough to really get lost in my playing.
Touring is a weird thing. It’s like getting married to four different people.
We love performing, we love touring.
By the time Guns n’ Roses spent 28 months from 1991 to 1993 touring the ‘Use Your Illusionalbums, the tour staff sometimes approached 100 people. We were carrying not only backup girl singers, a horn section, and an extra keyboard player, but also chiropractors, masseuses, a singing coach, and a tattoo artist.
Then we’re going to take a lot of time off because in the last three years we’ve been touring continuously.
Meg White
I left school just shy of 17: I’d started going into touring and that situation.
The touring for this album was definitely going to be the most intense touring we’ve done.
I’ve probably gone a month or two without playing guitar, just because I’ve gotten so burnt on it touring all year or whatever.
Jonny Lang
While we were touring for ‘Vacation,’ we weren’t aware that the record wasn’t doing well. It was a good tour, but the album didn’t go over with critics.
My teachers encouraged me to audition for some professional work during our summer vacation. I landed my first job. It was for the National Theatre Company’s Mimika Pantomime troupe. I ended up touring with them for the next two years.
I’ve done every kind of touring known to mankind. I’ve played the big and the small places.
With rock n’ roll and touring comes a lot of good and bad decisions. These guys who are 21, they’re out there, and they’re not indestructible. The history of rock n’ roll tells us, and so a lot of these guys are on this road to destruction.
But the soul of touring and the heart of it is basically every day is like putting up a circus tent.
Pat Benatar
Touring helped me understand where I needed to be better in my music.
Vince Staples
When I moved to New York, I felt very strong emotionally and mentally. Aside from touring, I’d spent a couple of years alone and because of that, I was able to go out in the world again.
Marketa Irglova
One of the negative sides of a really intense arc as a touring band is there are big gaps in your memory because you’re so exhausted.
My touring has never stopped; from the time I started doing stand-up, I’ve been on the road.
I like touring; I live on the road, more or less.
We were touring the States tied to a load of drum machines and sequencers and synthesizers, playing to hundreds of thousands of people and yet feeling strangely removed from the music.
I think the 360 deals are what stands out to me, first and foremost. I never would have dreamed that record labels would be taking a piece of touring, merchandise, and everything else. The world has changed so dramatically from when we first started.
I felt pressured by continuous touring.
Andy Partridge
But I don’t mind, I’m a bit of a touring animal. When I’m on tour that is the greatest thrill for me, playing to a live audience.
Vanessa Mae
I went to the University of Michigan for two years, and I auditioned for ‘Bring It On’ during my sophomore year, so I got to finish my sophomore year, and then I joined the cast – the touring cast.
Touring is really hard because you’re gone for three months at a time.
I love touring in the United States. It’s dramatically different wherever you go. North to south, you’re going from snow to palm trees.
The great thing about kids is the immediate gratification. As soon as I get home from touring, my wife and kids become my life. There is nothing sweeter.
We were really motivated to do something with this record overseas, even though I hate touring.
The original idea of being anonymous – it was a great, naive idea on paper in 2008, not knowing to what degree we’d be touring or to what extent this was going to be a professional operation. That regimen is very hard to live by. What I hadn’t foreseen was the fans and their willingness to embrace that and play along.
I learned so much about playing and touring being on the road and in the studio with Jeff, but I’d always played a lot of gigs in Seattle even prior to joining the Fusion.
After my touring life, I’d love to be more involved with charity. It gives me a lot of fulfillment, you know? I would love to get people who are into my music more active in charity work. In the future, when I have more time, I’d love to do spend more time on that.
In my touring rig, there’s a pedal drawer, where I’m able to switch pedals in and out, going into the front of the amp.
We didn’t realize there were that many boy bands until we started touring in Europe. I don’t think we were ever affected by it since a lot of the groups in Europe didn’t really sing live, but we did and would perform a cappella as well.
A. J. McLean
I find myself more affected by music the more I do it. Particularly when you’re touring, and you’re in the bus, and you’re listening to loads of music. Life becomes far more dramatic, I guess – you’re never in the same place; you’re constantly meeting new people. You almost become more sensitized to music.

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