Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. VH1?s You Oughta Know artist Brandi Carlile tells us about missing dogs, swallowing gum, and her groupies.
Gumming Up the Works
I used to really like Orbitz, but now I like that gum Stride. It lasts forever. It?s like the everlasting gobstopper in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. [I chew gum on stage] all the time. I get so much sh*t for it because I?m always chewing on stage and people can hear you chewing gum, which is not a good thing. I?m a total gum swallower too.
The Dog Whisperer
[The hardest part of touring is] not having animals around. I feel so much more like myself when there are animals around. If I go to the park [while I?m on tour] and I see squirrels I?m like, ?Oh thank god there?s animals.? If I could bring a dog on the road I would be so happy. Someday I will take my dog on the road.
The Power of Positive Thinking
I try and keep myself in a really good place on stage. The other night I almost got angry because somebody from the audience hit me in the face with something, beads or something. But I always stop myself before I say something on stage that I regret.
Groupies: They?re Not Just For Dudes
We have people that follow us around on tour and come to dozens of shows. I see them and I?m always confused, like ?Didn?t I just see you in San Francisco and now we?re in Boston?? They?re the nicest people, super respectful and I always stick around to say hi to them and sign whatever they want. Some people have been to twenty or thirty shows in the past two years, just traveling around. It?s so cool.
VH1′s You Oughta Know Tour dates:
10/10 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
10/11 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
10/12 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
10/13 The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN
10/14 St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
10/16 The Pageant, Saint Louis, MO
10/17 The Rave Eagles Club, Milwaukee, WI
10/18 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
10/20 Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
10/21 Monterey Co. Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA
10/23 Big Easy Concert House, Boise, ID
10/24 Big Easy Concert House, Spokane, WA
10/25 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
10/27 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
10/30 Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA
11/2 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA