Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: FINAL RULING ON CARRYON RIGHTS FOR FLYING
Gigging and air travel, and getting ulcers? Where do I start?
My drummer and I thought about how to tour Japan while traveling from California. We came to the conclusion that we would buy decent enough gear in Japan, use it, and then donate it or sell it cheap. While we didn't tour this year, due to flying (all other gigs were reachable by car), we will just show up somewhere in Japan and buy the gear. The thought of getting flight cases for maybe half a dozen Ibanezes, Fenders, and Gibsons and the Marshall amps just didn't make sense. We aren't rock stars who have a record company paying for all of this!
I can get by with RG420/421 I purchase when I land and be more than happy and use a 40-50 watt transistor amp with clean/dirty channel and single footswitch. My drummer could get by on a simple 5 piece set without all the bells and whistles so we didn't see the need to travel on an airplane with our favorite gear. The key is to get the music out, have fun, meet people, and there's no need to sacrifice our gear here or put up with expensive transport costs or issues with luggage. We have been playing together so long, two decades under all types of circumstances, that I don't think the gear would make any difference in how we sound anyway.
I did come up with final idea before tour, which we cancelled anyway, which was to find a Jemsiter in Japan who played, use him on guitar, and we could go around in van and tour that way. We would only have to buy small PA and drumset and we could ship PA board back to states and ditch the rest on return home. Shipping bulky PA speakers and drumset from Japan to USA actually costs more than the gear. We were thinking of using Mattias Tolki on that one but he dodged that bullet being thrust into a situation where the great drummer we have would want to play guitar (which doesn't work) and we would fight over being the musicians people like (more towards pop/Green Day) versus what drummer likes (Shrapnel shredder stuff). My partner and I get along well but we have a ton of history and that's never easy to bring a third person into that mix since we just play originals or very obscure B-sides at best.
What we wanted to do was put me only on vocals, so I don't have to fight with drummer over guitar duties, and put Matias on guitar and call it a day. He could play guitar and focus on that, I could sing as was my role only for many years, and drummer could drum. We would only need to pick up bassist and then things would be complete and I know Matias would have known somebody. Where each member has a role nobody else has input to can make a great situation where everybody is busy doing their part so there's no battle over tiny details. Of course in studio recording everything is game and people put their heads together and hash it out, hopefully peacefully. But while gigging, it's enough to deal with traveling and audience so people tend to do their part and make it work under those time constraints which is why live gigs can be refreshing.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 01-15-2015 at 12:04 PM.