September 16, 2006

TomBlog - the day-room

Ambling about this musical world. Rarely stopping in any town for more than a few hours. Sleeping or its fitful approximation is achieved only on the tour bus in your small and eminently bumpy bunk. Our daily ablutions are maintained only in the common or garden day-room. The day-room being a single room occupied by 11 men, mainly for its bathroom and, in turn, its shower. Nominally the 'day-room', because, in the UK, the rooms can be rented on a day-time only basis and then turned round for later new arrivals in the evening. In the US it's more blurry. It occurs to me how wasteful it is to pay for a room and then not sleep in it. In fact, I've toyed with ideas about how to recycle these day-rooms, to perhaps let touring musicians know where there's a room lying dormant where they can lie dormant. Maybe.

Your average day is filled with at least a couple of hours of watching bad cable as everyone wanders round in their underwear, telephoning the front desk for more towels. Often the wait for towels is your universe. The source of all attention and conversation. Its remarkable how people's priorities change when they've been on a sweaty bus for 12 hours.

Every hotel room is the same. Two double beds with matching ugly bedspread, divided by some contraption that purports to be a wall-fixed bedlamp. There's a veneer desk with matching veneer chair. The fat old television sits aboard a low chest of drawers. The bathroom is tiny with thermoformed plastic bath and mind-boggling tap/faucet arrangement. You could write a book about the different formations and qualities of hotel showers: being the only real variable, but suicide might be a better option.

As hygiene is once more maintained the room falls to tatters. Bags, computers, ironing tables, men, wires, gatorade, wash-bags, phones, suitcases, clothes and empty pizza boxes strewn abouts. A Jackie Chan film. A dark sense of deja vu. The gig awaits.


Blogger camy said...

A day in the life of touring Gomez...

I love the hotel/shower bit. Too damn true, Tom. A bit of advice if you don't already know: Don't use the cover sheet on the bed! I've heard too many people with the same horror stories of them... just trust me on this one.

3:56 AM  
Blogger mytvc15 said...

But, Oh what joy the gig brings us!

Gomez made front page news in the Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006 “Austin American-Statesman.” A photo of the crowd with caption: “British trad-rock band Gomez pumped up the crowds Friday evening, the first day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park. A bit of cloud cover made the heat slightly more bearable near the packed Heineken Stage.”

Didn’t realize how many people were behind me at ACL until I saw Austin’s newspaper. Now I understand why you looked so happy on stage! See the world … see the people … sea of people.

The late show at La Zona Rosa rocked! Great set. Amazing bridge of Led Zeppelin. Enjoyed the three solos (you, Ben and Ian). Beautifully done! Bravo!

Thanks to my husband for understanding of my trip to Austin from Chicago to see Gomez twice in one day. Thanks also to my friend from Chicago who joined me at the La Zona Rosa show. Since the show she is a fan and bought 3 of your CDs the next day so we could listen to Gomez as we drove around Austin in the rental car. We will be at the Madison WI show in October. Hope I could get you guys to autograph a couple things for us.

Tom, your entries are very entertaining. We are getting an insider’s view of a day in the life of a rock & roll band, on the road, in a bus. Thanks for thinking of us and taking the time to keep us posted with Gomez stories.

Enjoy the journey and best wishes for brighter déjà vu.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Rooney said...

Quite the intense post, Tom. You boys getting excited for the NYC shows?

3:01 PM  
Blogger Viola D said...

I f**king hear you. Good luck with the towels, my friend.

9:16 AM  
Blogger tania said...

hi tom,
tania here!
i enjoyed our little chat at the zona,
you were kind and sweet.

i blogged about that,
and a few other events here:

great posts btw,
keep 'em coming.
i am going back through to catch the ones i've missed.

3:49 PM  
Blogger mytvc15 said...

Hey Tom,

I was just called a “Gomez Pusher” by my friend who saw your late show with me in Austin -- only because now she is hooked on Gomez.

Gomez is a beautiful high indeed!

See you in Wisconsin. Coordinating a group from Chicago to see Gomez in Milwaukee or Madison. If Gomez can't come to Chicago again this year, Chicago will come to Gomez!

4:44 PM  
Blogger Vinyl'sTheWayToGo said...

Thank you Gomez.

I while back I wrote in one of these blogs requesting California at ACL.

You have no idea how sweet it was to hear you guys sing it.

The Force will be with you, always.

5:27 PM  
Blogger gomezgeek said...

there are indeed hotel rooms you can rent for the day in the just end up paying by the hour, and I wouldn't wanna use those towels to save my life. but you know. in case you were wondering.

1:57 PM  
Blogger mrrockandroll said...

It's sort of similar to what we do as well, except we're in a car instead of a bus, only have 3 or 4 to a room instead of 11, and we're going TO the show instead of putting ON the show. Oh, and we only do it for about a week at a time and not the entire year.

I'll tell ya' what: Mr&MrsRockandRoll will be glad to trade with you when you get to Minneapolis if you'd like. After the show you guys can all have our house for the night and Karen and I will go crash somewhere else and let you enjoy at least one night away from the road madness. I've got a huge collection of vinyl, cds and books for you to peruse, musical instruments and goodies to play with(including a Korg MS2000), a nice landscaped suburban backyard for your relaxation needs, high speed 'net, and LOTS of clean towels and linen! Mi casa es su casa, honestly. We'd be honored to know you might be digging through our shit :) Considerate it standing offer always open to you and your mates, brother Tom.

7:46 PM  
Blogger BEXMORG28 said...

Somebody needs a hug! Take some advice from a florist-treat yourself to some flowers....Sunflowers! They will brighten up anywhere! Men should enjoy flowers too!

7:21 AM  
Blogger jacinta said...

I vote that you just ask fans to crash at their places, you would get 5 star treatment, and could stay as long as you wanted to,clean towels would be a given, and it would be free! Damn, why didn't I think of this while you were still in Oz???

7:37 AM  
Blogger BEXMORG28 said...

....that could be a little dangerous tho!Not all fans are of sound mind.GOMEZ could end up living in someones shed eating bread and water and only being aloud to play their music for the one they call "master"!

8:27 AM  
Blogger BEXMORG28 said... minneapolis!That house sounds way too nice-its a trap!

11:11 AM  
Blogger musiquesb said...

Have your people contact the Santa Barbara Bowl to play a show there next year.

We'll host you at our house and have plenty of clean towels for everyone!
We have a tangerine tree in the backyard and will make you fresh juice to ward off the germs in those nasty hotel rooms.

12:12 AM  
Blogger Vinyl'sTheWayToGo said...

Hell yeah, do a Bowl show with Robert Randolph

1:26 PM  

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