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Published on January 25th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Hollerado is helping to fund next month’s tour by putting some empty tour bus bunks on AirBnB

One of the many reasons I love Hollerado is because they insist on doing things differently. A complicated multi-person one-shot video? Done. Issue a record in a plastic bag? Record an album featuring 111 songs? Already on the resume. Now it’s an AirBnB gambit that as far as I know has never been done before.

For their upcoming tour with Portugal.The Man that begins in Windsor tomorrow (January 26), they’ve rented a tour bus. But these things are expensive. Plus the one they have has more bunks than there are band members are road crew. Seems like a waste, right?

Rather than let those expensive bunks go to waste, they’re renting two of them out on Airbnb. I quote from the listing:

The space

The rooms are 6 feet long and 2.5 feet high and 3 feet wide. This combined with the sound of the motor and the motion of a drive through the night will enable the coziest sleep of your life.

Bus is:
-Smoke-Free
-Poop-free (bathroom is for #1 only)
-Bummer-Free

Guest access

Bus has WiFi, Satellite TV, and Coffee.

Anything they can get will be used to subsidize the tour. And frankly, they could use the company. Hollerado has embarked on many Canadian winter tours and the time con the road can be a little dull. Maybe having some new blood on the fan will help.

The bunks are available for three legs on this tour.

  1. Edmonton to Calgary
  2. Calgary to Saskatoon
  3. Saskatoon for Winnipeg

You can rent the two available bunks for one night or for all three at $400 a night. That also comes with two tickets for that evening’s show.

Tour Bus Rules

I’ve had a chance to talk to many musicians who have had to spend too many hours on tour buses. Here are some rules I’ve learned from them.

(1) Always sleep with your feet pointed in the direction of travel. That way if there’s a head-on collision, you’ll end up with broken ankles instead of a broken neck.

(2) A bunk with a window is cool, but if there’s ever an accident, the window might break sending you out onto the road. You don’t want to be like Metallica’s Cliff Burton.

(3) A top bunk is cool, but just remember this one fact: smells rise.

(4) when it comes to the bathroom on the bus, rule #1 one means no #2. The only time that’s permissible is when the driver stops. The bad news is that rule #2 is that the driver never stops.

 

 




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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