Disclaimer: This blog is not about a particular person. It's stories that have been collected and consolidated. The sole purpose of this blog is to educate youth.
Note: You must read blogs One and Two before reading this blog.
Now you're on tour with a major artist. Fortunately, you're not playing on the small stage in the parking lot at Entry Gate F. The artist you're opening for is "cool," but they're not your friend.
You have one job to do — open the show for the headliner. Don't forget — this is their show and these are their fans.
The record label informs your management that your second single is hovering at #24 and it looks like it might fall off the charts next week.
Everyone is in panic mode.
Meanwhile, one of your band members has heard the news and goes into panic mode also. This member tells another band member and, of course, he calls home to tell his wife. Now she's in panic mode because she's two months pregnant. Without this tour, everyone is back to looking for a gig. And, in Nashville, practically every single guitar player is eyeing the next gig.
You get nervous every time you see your drummer talking to the bandleader in the headlining band. You're thinking, "Is he putting out feelers?"
Now everyone is in survival mode. The morale on the bus isn't the same. A few of the musicians congregate in the back of the bus while you and your road manager are in the living room discussing the buyout you and your band were supposed to receive from the club you performed in between your tour dates with the major artist.
You've just confronted him after learning the buyout was $75.00 per band member, and he only gave each band member $25.00. He tries to explain why he kept the extra $50.00 from each musician's cut: to buy "bus stock," which can consist of water, apples, peanut butter, bread etc. Only it is the last day of that run, so there was no need for bus stock.
A buyout is what promoters will give each musician to buy food, instead of hiring a catering service. The artist and band members go to a restaurant in the area and buy lunch and dinner. (They can always choose to pocket the buyout and just snack on bus stock.)
Bus stock is what the food/snacks/water on the bus is called. It's something that the artist provides, or the club may also offer. It is usually pretzels, bread, sandwich meat, cokes, water and/or beer.
Now you've got to have a meeting with your personal manager and business manager, and sometimes your record label, and inform them that you need a new road manager because the one you have is stealing the buyout. This is always a bad situation to be in — especially when you're in the middle of a tour.
Your road manager is your confidant; your go-to-person. The middle-man or woman. They are the person who speaks for you to the major artist's team; their road manager etc.
You also have to inform your personal manager and business manager that the bus driver bought a 12-pack of Mountain Dew and a dozen donuts with your credit card that was only approved for fuel. Typically the road manager will hand the bus driver the credit card before he or she goes to bed so that the bus driver won't have to wake them up at 4:00 AM asking for the credit card.
The bus pulls into Nashville on Monday morning, and into the parking lot where everyone parked their vehicles Thursday evening at 11:30 PM/CDT — no sooner because you don't want the bus leaving the parking lot before 12:01 AM/CDT or you could get charged for another day. Bus drivers are generally good guys and do not charge you the additional day, even if they roll out of Nashville at 11:55 PM/CDT.
Everyone unloads their instruments from the bay of the bus and loads them into their vehicles and drives away. Meanwhile, your road manager is collecting fuel receipts and a mileage report from the bus driver.
Your personal manager calls you later that day and says, "we have a road manager replacement but he wants to be paid $425.00 per day." You have to decide to hire him or keep the road manager you already have. You decide to keep the road manager you already have, but then the replacement road manager calls him and says you're looking for a replacement. Now your road manager is panicking and starts looking for another gig.
In addition to this mess, your band is looking for another gig also because they heard your song was dying on the vine at #24.
You're stressed. Your new girlfriend (the one you tossed the faithful one for) still thinks you're a big deal though — but that will end when she learns you're not. Ms. Faithful has already moved on and found a good man.....