Tour Survival Guide: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

by (@katespencer)

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Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s guitarist James Black on how getting punched and packing light keep Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in good spirits.

Just One of the Crew
I help with the load-in and joke around with the crew. They usually yell at me when I try because they say if I break a hand, they’re out of a job. They tell me to get the f*ck out of the back of the truck. I feel like a jackass if I’m not involved that way. It’s kind of your only exercise when you’re out on the road, anyway. I’m not a big runner.

They Give New Meaning to "Packing Light"
We’re always having competitions of who can bring the least. Once Nick just had a little bag. I’m down to one shoulder bag — three pairs of pants, two shirts, couple pairs of socks. I’d love to tour without a cell phone. I long for the days where it used to be you disappear on the road. I did one tour with three pair of pants in a sleeping bag bag. Like a hobo. It’s fun — it’s good to do. It’s nice to know how little you can live with. 

Pre-Show Masochism
I ask someone to punch me a couple times [before I go onstage]. I don’t know why, it relieves tension. A nice heavy punch is good — in the arm, chest, side, back. That’s been going on for a long time.

The Next Best Thing
I hung out with Keith Richards’ dog [when opening for the Rolling Stones]. This little dog came running into our dressing room, made friends and hung out. And then we found out it was Keith’s dog. I forget its name. He got it from Russia, so it’s got a Russian name. I think it was a little terrier type thing.

Tour Dates
May 20 THE PAGEANT
St. Louis, MO

May 22 FIRST AVENUE
Minneapolis, MN

May 23 THE RAVE
Milwaukee, WI

May 24 VIC THEATRE
Chicago, IL

May 25 ST ANDREWS HALL
Detroit, MI

May 26 KOOL HAUS
Toronto, CA

May 28 LATULIPE
Montreal, CA

May 29 AVALON BALLROOM
Boston, MA

May 31 WEBSTER HALL
New York City, NY

June 1 THEATRE OF LIVING ARTS
Philidelphia, PA

June 2 9:30 CLUB
Washington, DC

June 4 NEWPORT MUSIC HALL
Columbus, OH

June 5 THE MUSIC MILL
Indianapolis, I

June 7 ROXY THEATRE
Atlanta, GA

June 9 CULTURE ROOM
Fort Lauderdale, FL

June 10 THE SOCIAL
Orlando, FL

June 12 ZYDECO
Birmingham, AL

June 13 THE REPUBLIC
New Orleans, LA

June 14 MERIDIAN
Houston, TX

June 15 LA ZONA ROSA
Austin, TX

June 17 DIAMOND BALLROOM
Oklahoma City, OK

June 19 UNIVERSITY THEATRE
Las Vegas, NV