Tour Survival Guide: Cold War Kids

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Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. We got the?Cold War Kids before they embarked on their tour opening for the White Stripes to find out about bootlegs, lucky maids and Wal-Mart parking lots.

Accidentally Tipping Maids Around the World
Nathan Willett: We had Jameson for three tours in a row. And that was no longer any fun. Now we just have water and beer. [Drinking Jameson] just gets gross.

Matt Maust: After a while we had six or seven bottles that hadn’t been drank. We left them in our hotel room once somewhere and the maid got them all. It was in London.

Post-Show Perambulations
Matt Aveiro:
I usually take a pretty fast walk after the show. Ten minutes away from everyone. I don’t think it’s really conscious. I just get off stage and I walk away from everyone, and I have my ten minutes away.

Orlando, Bootleg Capital of the World
MM:
I got a bootleg copy of The Wonder Years in Orlando, where all bootlegs come from. It’s the scam capital of the world. My mom told me that. My mom or my dad. You know [that movie] Matchstick Men? Orlando.?

Hiltons, Ramadas, and Wal-Mart Parking Lots
MM:
We used to not book hotels in advance, so we’d have to stay in the van in a Wal-Mart parking lot. There’s security, and it’s legal to stay there. We stayed there once, and I woke up to a cop and asking us if the pizza box and empty bottles were ours. I told him it was our recyclables.

Check out the Cold War Kids on tour:

9/13 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM
9/18 Bayside Concerts, San Diego, CA
9/19 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
9/21 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
9/24 William A. Egan Civic, Anchorage, AK
9/26 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
9/27 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
9/28 The Idaho Center, Nampa, Idaho
9/29 The E Center of West Valley, Salt Lake City, UT
9/30 Snowking Convention Center, Jackson Hole, WY
10/2 Rushmore Plaza Arena, Rapid City, SD
10/3 Fargo Civic Auditorium, Fargo, ND
10/4 Pershing Auditorium, Lincoln, NE
10/6 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
10/7 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL