Tour Survival Guide: Plain White T’s

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Our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Here?s Plain White T?s Tom Higgenson on electrocution, his Diet Coke problem, and bad stage banter.

He Suffers For His Art
One time I was plugging something in on stage, like an amp, and I got electrocuted. I didn’t fly off or anything, but I had to play it off like nothing happened, but it was terrible. It was in a college town in Illinois.

Drug Of Choice
There’s this thing called Throat Coat that I use. It’s a miracle drug. If I can’t even talk during the day, I have a little Throat Coat before we go on stage and I can sing. Diet Coke is very important [on our rider]. It’s not an addiction. There was a point where I was drinking a lot more. I switched to diet for my girlish figure. Since switching to diet, if I have a regular coke, it’s disgusting.

Fruit Of The Band
We have star fruit on our rider — I didn’t even know that it existed. [We get it] every once in a while at a college show when they try to get you everything [on your rider]. We never touch it, but it?s funny.

What Not To Say Onstage
We gave [drummer] De?Mar [Hamilton] a mic, and it was a really bad crowd — they weren’t really responding. We were all asking if they were out there, giving [the audience] crap. And De?Mar said something like, ?You’re looking at us like we’ve got AIDS or something.? I don’t know where that came from. Even the band was like, what the hell did he just say? That was a bad stage banter moment. I don’t even know what he meant by that.
Plain White T’s Tour Dates:

10/4 Suny/Albany, Albany, NY
10/6 Wild Adventures Theme Park, Valdosta, GA
10/7 Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
10/16 Ryder Center, Saginaw, MI
10/18 Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OH
10/19 DeltaPlex Arena & Conf. Ctr., Grand Rapids, MI
10/20 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
10/21 Assembly Hall, Champaign, IL
10/23 Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
10/24 Nokia Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX
10/25 Verizon Wireless Theater, Houston, TX
10/26 Ford Center, Oklahoma City, OK
10/27 Mud Island Amphitheatre, Memphis, TN
10/30 Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena, Jacksonville, FL
10/31 Fillmore At Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach, FL
11/1 New UCF Arena, Orlando, FL
11/2 Amphitheater At The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
11/3 The Arena At Gwinnett Center, Duluth, GA
11/4 Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC
11/6 Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
11/7 Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA
11/9 Paul E. Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
11/10 Arena At Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, CT
11/11 Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA
11/13 The Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
11/14 Madison Square Garden Arena, New York, NY

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