I am headed back out on the road again really soon so here is an interview I did with Buzznet to let you all know what pre tour is like for me!
How do you prepare for touring? Do you have rehearsals? Do you go shopping?
The harder a band practices before tour the easier and better you will play on tour; I feel like practicing is THE MOST important activity any band can ever do. So I always try to make sure we have plenty of time dedicated to practicing or even just jamming together to understand the type of musicianship and vibe the band has is very important.
In regards to shopping I find it really important to find jeans that wont look dirty... when they are and find shirts that will match with black and dark blue jeans, since sometimes we have to get dressed for the show in a such a rush it makes putting outfits together easier.
Do you have a favorite city to visit?
I enjoy so many cities for so many separate reasons some that are standing out right now: New York City two-three dollars for the best hot dog of my life? I'll take it.
Orlando, Florida has some of the most amazing friends I could ever ask for and the same goes for Chicago. Then of course there is Las Vegas and Los Angeles so we can play in front of our families and management. With the exception of the kids/fans-food is a large factor for how excited to be visiting a certain city.
How do you stay connected with your family while on the road?
In all honesty, I am horrible at texting people back and have anxiety when it comes to phone calls. Granted, it is something I have been working really hard on the past year or so. Face Time on the iPhone is a life changing app. It will certainly help me stay in contact with my loved ones when we are gone.
How do you pass the time on the road?
Going comic-book store hunting with our drummer, Dave Briggs is something that we greatly enjoy doing. I always bring a book out for reading material, always have my journal on me to draw/ doodle in and write poetry.
When I am not doing any of the above I usually (And should be) getting my chops up on bass.
What is one thing you can’t live without on tour?
For longer tour runs, Baby Wipes. Right after every show we run backstage and say our compliments to one another (bro-hugs all around) then I take a 40 second baby wipe shower before we run out to meet all the kids and hangout with them. So, for everyone of you who always say, " oh jeez Joey, you smell so good!" Well, now you know... Baby wipes for the win.
What are you looking forward to most about touring with Parachute/ Katelyn Tarver?
I recently just got endorsed by Fender & Aguilar. With that being said I have all new guitar and a full pedal board setup. Which basically means I have all new toys that I have yet to try out and put miles on. This will be the first of many tours that I am using Fender and Aguilar products. I couldn't be more excited!
What is the biggest challenge for you while you are on tour?
Staying in contact with the friends and family at home is so challenging for me and it's so hard to let people know that the road life is very draining, not just physically but also mentally. I'm really working on my communication skills with my loved ones back home! (big thanks to apple products making tour life so much easier).
What can fans expect for this tour?
This is by far, the best setlist The Cab has ever put together. The show is going to be quite an experience for the individual watching the show. Starts strong, ends even strong with a roller coaster of emotion in between. One must wear his or her dancing shoes before stepping into the venue.