In this Dream Tour segment, Shawn Milke of the rock band, Alesana, shares the acts that he would include on his ultimate tour lineup. You can check out his picks, after the break.
This is definitely not the first time I’ve been asked this question, but the funny thing is that my answer seems to change every time. Music is so mood based, so affected by atmosphere and surroundings, influenced by the people you are with or even the weather outside. So really all I can do is answer this question for today for it will most likely change tomorrow.
The tour would have 10 bands. Yes, that is unrealistic and insane, but who cares; this my dream tour, after all. I will try my best to place them in order from opener to headliner but, believe it or not, that task is actually harder than the selection of the bands itself.
Oh, come on. Did you really think we wouldn’t be on this tour? I want to see this damn thing every night, not just in my hometown.
9. Darius Rucker
Everybody should have a little country music in their lives and Darius does it just as good as anyone. I’ve loved him since his days in Hootie. There, I said it.
These Danish lads just have a way of making every song sound like the most important scene in a movie AND they are currently making their next record. Geeking out has begun.
7. Between The Buried and Me
BTBAM are the masters of their craft and somehow manage to put out new music seemingly every year. In regards to “heavy” music, there is no one better and no bigger influence in my writing.
I am a sucker for family bands and, although the brothers of Oasis never seemed to publicly get along, there is not a single record in their storied and colorful career that has not been stuck on repeat in my car at some point.
In a perfect world this band would still be making records and playing shows. Few memories of my show-attending life are stronger than me and my boy Nick jumping around and “mosh-pitting” to these dudes.
The first record my wife and I ever listened to together was by Mae. The first song my wife and I danced to at our wedding was by Mae. Our dog is named Mae. I think you get the idea.
3. Smashing Pumpkins
Billy Corgan is a genius and yet he has still somehow been fairly underrated in my opinion. The man can blend genres with the best of them, and what’s better, is he pulls it off. My left bicep is real estate for the SP logo.
2. Sigur Ros
If you have never seen this band live, do yourself a favor. Do it. Goose-bump City.
1. The Beatles
All of the aforementioned bands exist because this band invented rock ‘n roll. Love ’em, or hate ’em, you have to respect ’em. They are the motherf***ing Beatles!!