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Jon Walker Writes About Gifts On Tour

Posted by: Jason Tate (03/29/12)
Jon Walker (former Panic! at the Disco) wrote a blog about what to get bands for gifts while they're on tour.
From the Blogsomeone recently messaged me asking what gifts a band might enjoy from fans while on tour and i thought it was a great opportunity to shed some light on the subject. personally, of the gifts i’ve received, i preferred the gift cards to places like subway or starbucks. these are not my favorite places. i dislike mostly everything about these places but because driving through america on tour, theseare usually your only decent options. this fact, to some, can be one of the most annoying things about touring and not having to spend tour income on this inevitability lessens the blow and getting to use the gift card from you, the fan, is a nice reminder of why we, the band, would subject ourselves to this “unconventional” lifestyle. additionally, getting to pick what and when you eat is significantly better than being faced with the daunting task of eating 50 unhealthy brownies before they go bad in 3 or 4 days. bands are already unhealthy enough, no more dessert please. if you still want to gift food, make it something they can throw in the van then open, share and finish in one sitting without creating a big mess. again, healthier options preferred. some delicious nuts or seeds might be nice, unsalted of course. no more chips or candy please, gas stations are full of those things. tea is also a good option, throat coat is cool but nothing beats a cup of chamomile to calm your nerves on the 8th hour of a 12 hour drive to the next destination. well maybe one or 2 things could beat it. other gifts like arts and crafts are very thoughtful but have almost no chance of surviving more than a few hundred miles before they’re unrecognizable due to the chaotic nature of the van, so keep that in mind. finally and most importantly, the best way to support the artists you love is by going to their shows, buying their stuff and sharing their work with everyone you think might enjoy it. thanks for reading.

writers note: the last tour i did, i brought a cooler so i could bring fresh foods on long drives and it worked great, so forget what i said about the gift cards to corporate conglomerates. damn the man!
 
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11:06 AM on 03/29/12
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mike l
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save the empire
11:06 AM on 03/29/12
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well said, i like the idea.
11:15 AM on 03/29/12
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Who brings gifts for bands to shows?
11:25 AM on 03/29/12
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Who brings gifts for bands to shows?

girls who want to get fucked. Gift card with the highest dollar value wins!
11:26 AM on 03/29/12
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Seems silly, just be thankful for anything you may get.
11:33 AM on 03/29/12
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Who brings gifts for bands to shows?
Everyone who goes to Panic! meet and greets gives them gifts. It's dumb if you ask me.
11:39 AM on 03/29/12
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I gave Soupy a book. Asked him to pass it along to someone else when he was done and then hashtag it on twitter. Never did get that @ response :(
11:41 AM on 03/29/12
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Who brings gifts for bands to shows?
:boobies:
11:58 AM on 03/29/12
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Those are the gifts that bring themselves.
12:00 PM on 03/29/12
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Does this dude still tour anymore?
12:56 PM on 03/29/12
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I usually just give bands a nice, firm handshake.
01:04 PM on 03/29/12
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01:11 PM on 03/29/12
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It's called a caps lock. Use it.
02:12 PM on 03/29/12
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It's called a shift key. Use it.

fix'd. if you're going to be a dork about grammar, at least say the write key.
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