In this Dream Tour segment, the punk band, The Sixties, share the acts that they would include on their ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
1) The Arctic Monkeys: Aside from being among a favorite of ours, The Arctic Monkeys have “been in the game” since they were very young and haven’t shown any signs of going away anytime soon, all the while growing with respect and dignity (for the most part). One of the great aspects of being on tour with other bands, but not always first to be mentioned, is being able to really get to know the other bands, as well as learn from one another. Just being able to hear their ideology and approach to music, and the subsequent “business” that is the necessary evil behind it, would be quite interesting. You hear about a lot of bands that grow too quickly or take advantage of success and it ultimately leads to their downfall. These guys, who arguably blew up just about as fast as you can and garnered such huge success, were able to keep their wits about them, not just in the public eye, but with their artistic integrity. They’ve been a band (to us) that have continued to evolve and grow on their own terms, with a level of consciousness and a genuine want to better themselves as musicians.
2) The Strokes: “The Saviors of keeping popular Rock & Roll music cool.” Ya don’t know exactly what it is about ’em, but you’re automatically cooler when associated with these guys. They’re definitely a prime example of taking into consideration the “how” to do things, in addition to the “what.” Not to take away from their musical content, which is awesome in its own right, but how they convey it, in having that “Je ne sais quoi” element, is something you just want to be in close proximity of in hopes to absorb it somehow.
3) The Whigs: A band that we were fortunate enough to open up for once in a club in Philadelphia, PA, The Whigs have shared stadium stages with such established acts as The Kings of Leon and The Black Keys and back again. They run the gamut on touring. They have such control over their act and a honed-in craft of performing. To be able to adjust accordingly to the venue, whether it be a grungy city club, or a high production stadium stage, is stuff you just watch, take notes from, and learn. These guys are the epitome of Road Warriors. Not only do they always seem to be on tour, but they have the endurance to do it without the luxuries of jumbo jets or a fleet of tour buses.