There are so many great tour memories from over the years, it’s hard to narrow it down to just ten. But here are some of my favorites!
10. Walking around DC
On our Endless Summer headlining tour we did in 2012, we had a day off in Washington DC, so we spent it walking around, seeing different things like the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, etc. Seeing all that was a bucket list item for me, so I was pretty happy at the end of the day!
9. Learning to drop in.
This was during a little tour we were on with a band called Go Radio. Our tour manager Marco and I both brought our skateboards, so we’d try and hit up skateparks as often as we could. There was one day in Iowa that we went to a skatepark and I learned how to drop into a halfpipe/bowl. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked and couldn’t stop dropping in for the rest of the day.
8. Warped Tour BBQ’s
As sweaty and exhausting as Warped Tour 2009 was at times, the barbecues that happened at the end of some nights kinda made it worth it. I met a lot of cool people and ended up chatting with more than a handful of musicians I had looked up to.
7. Finding Ryan
There was one night in Florida where after our show, we all kind of went our separate ways. Some of us went to our hotel and others went to hang out with friends. Ryan ended up being one of the people who went off to hang out with someone, and the following morning we had no idea where he was. He never told us where he was going and we couldn’t get a hold of him on his phone (I think it had died), so we ended up driving around the venue location with our windows rolled down looking for Ryan asleep on a park bench or something. We ended up finding him a little later on, but I was worried for a bit that we might be drummerless for the next show.
6. Being introduced to phở
I was introduced to this incredible Vietnamese soup by Marco, who was our tour manager at the time. This was during our 2011 tour with Good Charlotte. It’s a bit funny to put this down as one of my favorite tour memories, but I eat phở all the time now!
5. Our first London show.
Something about this show was special. I think there ended up being around 1,100 people that showed up, and of the 1,100 at least half were singing along to some of our songs. I just didn’t expect that…I didn’t think we had many fans in the UK. That night was one of those cool moments that stays with you.
4. Any night on the 8123 Tour w/ The Maine, A Rocket To The Moon and Brighten
This was a best case scenario all around. An entire summer 2013 tour surrounded by amazing friends and fans is pretty hard to top. Plus, I really enjoyed the different potato themed chants we did every night at the end of The Maine’s set.
3. Beach camping in Florida
During our Young & Useless headlining summer tour we did in 2011, we had almost a week off in Florida, so we decided to spend that time camping out on a pretty secluded beach. The beach is one of my favorite places to be, and being there with friends just made it that much better.
2. Exploring Paris, France
On our European tour we did with our buddies in The Maine, one of the dates was in Paris. Sean and I decided to wake up early on the show day (nobody else wanted to wake up!) and go see the Eiffel Tower. We somehow managed to get from our bus, onto the correct metro and we actually did end up in front of the Eiffel Tower with the help of some very nice French people. We did some more exploring after seeing the tower, got lunch at a cool little cafe and then headed back to play what would be a crazy awesome show at the music venue, which was a huge boat on The Seine river!
1. Our first show in Manila
The entire experience was incredible, not just the show. From meeting our amazing fans that were halfway around the world to actually hearing one of our songs being played on the radio, the whole trip to the Philippines felt entirely surreal to us. It was an extremely gratifying answer to our hard work and persistence!