From time to time, I invite fellow music lovers like me to write a post for the blog as a “Guest Groupie.” I’ve read Holly’s blog for more than a year now, and I always enjoy her writing. So when she started Instagraming her latest Hanson touring adventure and I saw all the fun she was having, I knew I wanted to ask her to guest post here for more on this idea of a fan going on tour. Read on for Holly’s take!
Hi! I’m Holly. I do a lot of traveling in the name of good music, which brings me to my latest trip—a virtual journey across the Internet to write a guest blog for The Good Groupie. When Miranda asked me to write this, she pointed me in the direction of an insightful post that raises a few questions about going “on tour” for a band. What does that mean, exactly? Is there some kind of official criteria? Why do it at all?
Personally, I think it can mean something different to everybody, the way “favorite food” can be pizza to one person and sushi to another. I could try to analyze the concept of going on tour and form a list of specifications, but to me it’s just following the music you love in whatever way suits you. The best way I know to describe it is to tell you what it meant to me this year.
In September, I saw Hanson 11 times in a row on the west coast. We’re talking 15 minutes north of Mexico straight up into Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Did I mention I’m from South Carolina?) I did it all with my usual partner in crime and a few friends that joined for anywhere between one show and eight. We sang; we danced; we saw the Grand Canyon; we walked barefoot and got drumsticks and shared it all—including the strep throat at the end. It’s all part of the journey. [Read more…]