Tucker Leighty is Pure Noise Records in-house booking agent, but he is doubling as Handguns merch guy for their current tour with Hawthorne Heights. We thought it’d be nice to give a different perspective of tour life from someone who does not directly play in a band. Be sure to check out Tucker’s update, he has a lot of great things to say about being out on the road.
From Tucker Leighty:
It’s strange how you can spend so much time in one area and not feel a strong connection to anyone, yet you can meet some of your best friends on a tour that lasts only a few weeks. Preparing for a tour is like going to your first day of school. You make preconceived judgments about everyone based on what they look like or what they’re wearing. Tour is no different. I make assumptions about people based on their genre of music, and level of popularity. Our current tour has a lot of people from a lot of different places and walks of life, and we had many van discussions imagining what each band would be like, and we were brutal. We had never heard of Self Centered, but we saw that they did a cover of a Ke$ha song and were immediately turned off. I checked out the wikipedia page for After Midnight Project and saw they had tour experience with bands like Papa Roach and 30 Seconds To Mars, and assumed they’d be cocky, quote-unquote “rockstars”. We all had mutual friends with the Veara guys and knew we would get along with them, and figured they’d be the people we’d buddy up with in their short tenure on the tour. And of course, we had the most conversations about what the Hawthorne Heights crew would be like, and we all pretty much had one idea in mind: old and jaded. It’s harsh to make such rude assumptions about people we’ve never met, but it’s human instinct. We’re all guilty of it to an extent.