(Credit: Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns)
With the new album What Separates Me From You out now, A Day To Remember is out touring, preaching their screamo gospel to fans everywhere. Lead singer Jeremy McKinnon was nice enough to write a guest tour blog for us, detailing life on the road. Check out Jeremy’s second entry below. And get more A Day To Remember at Posted.mtv.com.
Hello all, blog number 2 here. I woke up today in Des Moines, Iowa. I say “woke up,” cause I never actually know where I am, or where I’m going until I get there. To be honest, every day right before I walk onstage I look back to our tour manager and say the name of the place I think we are at the moment. I’m either right or I’m not, and in that case he will correct me so I don’t look stupid onstage. It keeps things interesting!
It’s Thursday, Nov. 18, today, and the last few days have been some of the craziest of the entire tour. Mainly because of our new record, What Separates Me From You, which came out two days ago. So if you didn’t know already, it is available everywhere now, so you should probably check it out!
+ Get more of Jeremy McKinnon and A Day To Remember’s adventures after the jump!
It all started early on the 15th, or kinda late on the 14th if you wanna be technical. We started getting hit up from kids telling us that they had found the record in some stores, and even more people were telling us that the album was available on iTunes. That kinda took us by surprise since I thought it came out everywhere on the 16th. It was cool, though–kids were really excited.
That whole day was pretty hectic. Kevin, Neil, and I had an acoustic performance/interview to do at a radio station earlier in the morning, and it went pretty well. The people that were dealing with us were all really pumped about the new record, which was awesome. When we left we had to go over to the Hard Rock Hotel. Victory Records had set up a meet and greet and listening party for the new record with about 250 people coming, so we had to make sure all that was set up. We also had to shoot an episode of “VicTorV” before it started. I’m sure that will be out soon, so be on the lookout.
The party was awesome. We had never done anything like it before, so it was an experience to say the least. All the kids that came were really nice and had a lot of good questions. So, it kept things flowing smoothly the whole time. Afterward we had a big family dinner at a Chicago pizza place to end the night. It was a good day.
The 16th was the release day, and was also a show day. It was in Milwaukee at a venue called The Rave, which, from what we were told, is haunted. We spent the earlier portion of the afternoon searching the building with cameras trying to capture orbs. We got one orb, and then even weirder than that Josh took a photo of a room full of chairs on his iPhone. When we were looking at all the photos later, that photo was upside down. We tried to re-create the photo later even with the help of an ex-Apple employee and were told that’s impossible. Also, the venue is across from the Ambassador hotel, which has something to do with Jeffrey Dahmer.
After sound check, crew and all of the band headed to Best Buy to pick up the record. We took a group photo holding up the record and headed to our signing. The signing went well. We ended up standing on the table trying to break it while taking pictures with all the kids. It didn’t end up breaking, but we tried. The show was sick, and we played the first song off the new record, “Sticks & Bricks,” for the first time. We ended the night with a celebration. Our tour manager bought us an ice cream cake, and a good time was had by all.
The 17th was pretty normal. It was in St. Louis, Mo., and it was pretty cool. Now I’m here, in Iowa, and about to head in to do a sound check. Which will be hard since I’m kinda sucked into the movie “Panic Room” right now, and I’ve never actually seen it. Oh well, till next time.