The “Not Really a Tour” Tour

The “Not Really a Tour” Tour

Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.  That’s what most people think happens when a band goes on tour.  Well, that may be true for major bands, but not really true for your friendly, neighborhood cover band. For FlashMob!, it’s more crappy hotel rooms, Kyle insisting on Taco Bell and terrible beer, and other people’s rock n’ roll.  Oh, and we probably lost Jamie.  Either that, or she’s packed up in the trailer along with the rest of our gear.  Again. As a part-time cover band, we generally play 2-4 times a month, but we’re blowing that out of the water for this summer.  We have a busy summer this year that will take us from the mostly pristine lakes of Lake Okoboji all the way up to Canada where Kyle hopes to find even worse beer than we have down here.  Sprinkle some weddings, corporate shows, and other festivals in there and you have about as close to a tour as a part-time cover band can get. Starting June 20th, we kick off the first of eight shows in six straight weekends, for a total of 11 shows in 11 weekends.  For the full listing of dates on this summer’s tour, check out our website at http://flashmobrocks.com/tour/. Come on out to a show for hugs, whiskey, and music that will make you dance until you sweat uncomfortably. Throwing up devil’s horns for rock, Your friends at FlashMob!...
By the Numbers: Inside a FlashMob! Rehearsal

By the Numbers: Inside a FlashMob! Rehearsal

Rehearsal.  Band practice.  Senseless mockery of other people’s souls and spirits.  Whatever label you want to give it, a band can only perform songs well in a live setting if they’ve gone through them together beforehand, and FlashMob! is no different. Have you ever wondered what happens in a typical band practice for your favorite cover band?  Here are some statistics as to what generally transpires in a FlashMob! rehearsal. 17 : Number of emails it takes to hammer out a practice schedule, as most of the band refuses to use the Google calendar set up for this purpose 3 : Number of minutes into practice before Kyle starts sweating 2 : Number of times Pete is reminded he doesn’t really have a say in what happens in the band. 100 : Percent of a new song each band member is expected to know for the first run through 17 : Percent of a new song that Josh says he knows 79 : Percent of any song in the FM! catalog that Josh actually knows 20 : Percent of rehearsal time actually spent practicing songs 4 : Main topics discussed during practice (1. What Pete is wearing, 2. Who farted/made that smell?, 3. Why doesn’t anyone know their parts?, 4. How the song is actually supposed to be played) 3 : Number of times the band has to physically stop Ian from screwing around on the keyboard so we can continue practicing 4 : Number of times Kyle incorrectly says, “Nailed it!” or plays the “buh dum, ching!” sound when he thinks something is funny 30 : Average number...