Tour Survival Guide: Arctic Monkeys

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Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Arctic Monkeys‘ Nick O’Malley and Matt Helders on Gary Coleman and the perils of Chinese food.

Judging Books by Covers Since 2006
Matt Helders: When we first started, we used to ask for a novel. We didn’t get any good ones. We never read them, but they just looked crap.

Gary Coleman’s a Fan
Nick O’Malley: [On the rider] we used to ask for a cardboard cutout of a different person. We wanted Gary Coleman. They [actually] made one in England — they just got a cardboard cutout of Yoda, and stuck [Gary Coleman]‘s face on. We asked for Steve Irwin, but he’s dead now, so it’s not funny.

Rock Vs. Hygiene
MH: The worst part about touring is not being able to shower as soon as you wake up. If you wake up on the bus and then you have to get dressed, it f*cks your cycle up, your day up. Get dressed, then have a shower, then get dressed again.

Chinese Food May Be Hazardous to Your Show
NO: I once had a massive Chinese meal right before we went on, and just felt terrible. Recently I needed to use the bathroom whilst on stage, so I just went the side and used a cup.

Tour Dates
6.01.07  Rock am Ring – Nurburgring   
6.02.07  Rock im Park – Nuremberg   
6.16.07  Malahide Castle – Dublin   
6.17.07  Malahide Castle -  Dublin   
6.19.07  Cardiff International Arena / CIA / C.I.A. – Cardiff   
6.20.07  Cardiff International Arena / CIA / C.I.A. – Cardiff   
6.22.07  Glastonbury Festival (@ Worthy Farm) – Pilton, Somerset   
6.29.07  Rock Werchter Festival – Werchter   
7.01.07  Saint Gallen Open Air Festival – Saint Gallen   
7.06.07  T in The Park – Balado / Kinross   
7.21.07  Festival Internacional de Benicassim – Valencia / Benicassim   
7.28.07  Old Trafford Cricket Ground / LCCC – Manchester   
7.29.07  Old Trafford Cricket Ground / LCCC – Manchester   
8.11.07  Summer Sonic Festival / SummerSonic – Osaka   
8.12.07  Summer Sonic Festival / SummerSonic – Tokyo   
9.09.07  Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Montreal, Qu 

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