#1
i am in a metal band, we are all 17 years old.
we have been playing locally for 6 months
and we are starting to book shows a little bit out
like an hour and a half or so from our area, rather than right where we live.

we were thinking about doing like a 4-5 day tour this summer, not too far out just in some surrounding states. renting a Uhaul and taking an SUV.
do you think 17 is too young to go on a small tour?
#4
Nope, I'm 17 and I'm doing a 15-date tour in January with my band
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#5
Yeah, I dont think 17 is too young to tour.
Just dont f**k up school.
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#6
Quote by Mazujev
Yeah, I dont think 17 is too young to tour.
Just dont f**k up school.

This.

Also, our failing economy's merciful on gas prices!
#7
it will be during summer, school wont be a problem.
i couldnt really find anything on this site about touring.
what kind of advice can you guys offer?
im sure well stock up before tour on food and water, and take plenty of extra money just incase.
it wont be a long tour..

also i dontk now if this was a problem for you guys, but what about convincing your parents to let you leave home and drive around and sleep in a car just for the love of playing music?
i was thinking we could take my guitarists older sister on tour with us as a chaperone (little do they know she is 21 and is going to be partying with us!)

where do you guys sleep?
i hear walmart parking lots are common haha
#8
just go man without hesitation, rock 'n' roll is about as jack black puts it, "sticking it to the man" in other words go nuts, rock the show no matter what the cost, if means doing the thing u love most in the world do it
#11
Quote by loves2sp00ge
any advice for convincing my parents?

Tell them how much it means to you and explain to them why the don't have to worry.

The fact is, they do have to worry, and there are all sorts of problems you could get into, but you're going to have to try to convince them of otherwise.
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#12
cool.
im excited as ****
i know for a fact its going to cost money but it should be fun as hell
i know that i can keep my mouth shut for the sake of the band, but i do worry that we will get into some form of fight / argument...hopefully not?
do you guys have any tips or advice?
#14
In Britain, you are legaly old enough to have sex, get married, have kids, join the army and fight for your country at 16 years of age. You can enter employment and do all sorts of dangerous jobs (though oddly you cannot drink or serve alcohol until you are 18 or watch a porn film)
So yeah, I think you're old enough to tour at 17 years old.
#15
Quote by SlackerBabbath
In Britain, you are legaly old enough to have sex, get married, have kids, join the army and fight for your country at 16 years of age. You can enter employment and do all sorts of dangerous jobs (though oddly you cannot drink or serve alcohol until you are 18 or watch a porn film)
So yeah, I think you're old enough to tour at 17 years old.


Hot damn. I'm moving to Britain.

Anyways, now to the subject at hand. 4 to 5 days doesn't sound like too much, I guess. I think it's alright. Convincing your parents won't be an easy matter and other people's advice can only get you so far. Besides, you're probably the one who knows your parents the best. So, first things first, make sure to explain your plans to them in detail so they know what you'll be doing on those 5 days out. Tell them the tour schedule, where you'll be playing the shows, where you guys will be staying for the night, etc. Just make sure they have an idea of what you're doing. Also, make sure they have a way to contact you. I'm guessing you have a cell phone, so there's your method of keeping in touch. If not, go buy a cell phone first, or borrow a friend's or something. Chances are, if you've got things planned out well enough (and do a good job of explaining said plans), then they'll probably be convinced you're mature and capable enough to do a tour.

I highly advise against not telling your parents. They'll be worried to death when you're gone, and they'll be pissed as hell when you get back. Heck, they might even make you quit your band if they find out what it is you were doing. Or, they might suspect something worse.

If the strategy I suggested above doesn't work, then you might as well just run away from home forever and live the rest of your life on the road. Well, no, not really but I think you have a good shot at getting permission. You could always just wait until it's legal for you to tour, like Slacker mentioned.
#16
Quote by +}-136-{+
Hot damn. I'm moving to Britain.

Anyways, now to the subject at hand. 4 to 5 days doesn't sound like too much, I guess. I think it's alright. Convincing your parents won't be an easy matter and other people's advice can only get you so far. Besides, you're probably the one who knows your parents the best. So, first things first, make sure to explain your plans to them in detail so they know what you'll be doing on those 5 days out. Tell them the tour schedule, where you'll be playing the shows, where you guys will be staying for the night, etc. Just make sure they have an idea of what you're doing. Also, make sure they have a way to contact you. I'm guessing you have a cell phone, so there's your method of keeping in touch. If not, go buy a cell phone first, or borrow a friend's or something. Chances are, if you've got things planned out well enough (and do a good job of explaining said plans), then they'll probably be convinced you're mature and capable enough to do a tour.

I highly advise against not telling your parents. They'll be worried to death when you're gone, and they'll be pissed as hell when you get back. Heck, they might even make you quit your band if they find out what it is you were doing. Or, they might suspect something worse.

If the strategy I suggested above doesn't work, then you might as well just run away from home forever and live the rest of your life on the road. Well, no, not really but I think you have a good shot at getting permission. You could always just wait until it's legal for you to tour, like Slacker mentioned.


Good advice.
Also for more touring advice, check the 'Touring' section on my blog titled 'So you want to be in a band? Part 2.'
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/SlackerBabbath/blog/
Last edited by SlackerBabbath at Dec 3, 2008,
#17
Quote by loves2sp00ge
any advice for convincing my parents?


Tell them about a little band called Black Tide.

Seriously, none of their members are older than 19 or 20, and they've already played the main stage at Ozzfest and were one of the main acts on the second stage at Mayhem Fest.
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#18
4-5 days should be no problem. Your 17 ffs, practically an adult. If they have any interest in what you are doing with your life they will realise the amount of shows you are playing and should support you in what you are doing.

Also if you sense difficulty, tell them that you have been asked by the venues, rather than you booking the venues, that should give you a few inches
#19
im not to sure about going on tour to other states or cities or whatever but um 14 and our band(from liverpool,england) and were staying over in machester one night doing 2 gigs in the same venue in january but one parent is going with us
#22
Follow your dreams. I'm only 15, (well I turn 16 in a week) and I'm planning an immense 2-month summer tour with a few other bands. Its all about planning, making sure you keep with your budget, and figuring out where you can make money and save money.
#23
Quote by +}-136-{+
Hot damn. I'm moving to Britain.

Anyways, now to the subject at hand. 4 to 5 days doesn't sound like too much, I guess. I think it's alright. Convincing your parents won't be an easy matter and other people's advice can only get you so far. Besides, you're probably the one who knows your parents the best. So, first things first, make sure to explain your plans to them in detail so they know what you'll be doing on those 5 days out. Tell them the tour schedule, where you'll be playing the shows, where you guys will be staying for the night, etc. Just make sure they have an idea of what you're doing. Also, make sure they have a way to contact you. I'm guessing you have a cell phone, so there's your method of keeping in touch. If not, go buy a cell phone first, or borrow a friend's or something. Chances are, if you've got things planned out well enough (and do a good job of explaining said plans), then they'll probably be convinced you're mature and capable enough to do a tour.

I highly advise against not telling your parents. They'll be worried to death when you're gone, and they'll be pissed as hell when you get back. Heck, they might even make you quit your band if they find out what it is you were doing. Or, they might suspect something worse.

If the strategy I suggested above doesn't work, then you might as well just run away from home forever and live the rest of your life on the road. Well, no, not really but I think you have a good shot at getting permission. You could always just wait until it's legal for you to tour, like Slacker mentioned.


This guy has it!

Check out some other threads similar to this too.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1003199&highlight=touring

Theres another really good thread but I can't find it! Sorry just be smart and listen to everybody here and your bandmates.
#24
yeah man! do it!

im fifteen and my band toured three states! do it brooo
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#25
Dude I say go for it. Not everybody gets the opportunity to do this at 17. Just make sure you don't **** up your grades in school.
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#27
Yea I'm 16 and my band's gonna tour this summer but idk where, probably just around the state with another band.
#28
2 words: Layne Staley

He was 17 when Alice in Chains first got big. Just do yourself and us a favor, stay away from heroin.
#29
Quote by loves2sp00ge
i am in a metal band, we are all 17 years old.
we have been playing locally for 6 months
and we are starting to book shows a little bit out
like an hour and a half or so from our area, rather than right where we live.

we were thinking about doing like a 4-5 day tour this summer, not too far out just in some surrounding states. renting a Uhaul and taking an SUV.
do you think 17 is too young to go on a small tour?


Michael Schenker started touring almost nationally when he was 15.
#30
I dont know if you have heard of the band Our last Night..but their screamer is 15..maybe 16 now, but he does touring almost all year for the past 2 years, they're signed by victory records and the whole band is like 18-20 then the screamer..

I believe he does homeschooling though.