Book Review: “One For The Road: How To Be A Music Tour Manager”

Let me start by saying that if I had this book in my possession twenty-five years ago I would definitely be in a different place right now in my life and I certainly could have been a much better asset for the bands I managed.  Not that I have any regrets, but instead of watching “Almost Famous” and just wondering how one goes about getting on the road with the band, this book actually gives you a step by step guide.  Mark Workman lays out such a comprehensive strategy to becoming a working tour manager that if one has the will, Workman provides the way.

Mark Workman has been a successful tour manager and lighting designer in the music business since 1983. His list of past and present clients includes Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, Machine Head, Danzig, Mudvayne, Dio, Queens of the Stone Age, Devildriver, Soulfly, Sepultura and many others.

As a lighting designer, Mark Workman has designed high-impact lighting performances for many music tours, including the infamous Clash of the Titans (Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Alice In Chains, & Suicidal Tendencies) in 1990/1991 and American Carnage 2010 (Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax & Testament), as well as for many music videos and live DVDs such as Machine Head’sElegies DVD filmed at Brixton Academy in London, Megadeth’s Rust In Peace Live DVD shot at the Hollywood Palladium, and Testament’s Dark Roots of Thrash Live DVD shot at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY.

“One For The Road: How To Be A Music Tour Manager” starts of  with a very strong endorsement by Alex Skolnick of Testament, of which Mark Workman was the lighting director then later manager.  These are the topics that the book explores:

Part 1 tells you how I got started as a tour manager and why I wrote this book.
Part 2 teaches you how to organize a concert tour and:
create a complete and accurate tour budget;
hire the best road crew;
lease the right tour bus and safest driver;
book hotels and air travel the right way;
create a proper backstage pass system and where to get it made;
deal with foreign artist tax for your band;
apply for overseas visas and work permits for your entourage;
create a tour book and the vital information it should contain;
coordinate trucking and air cargo;
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hire sound and lighting systems for your tour;
understand tour riders and contracts;
prepare ATA carnets and equipment manifests;
get backdrops, scrims and stage sets made;
prepare your tour accounting and a lot more.
Part 3 shows you how to get organized and properly advance each show and:
what you should know about stage plots and input charts;
preparing your pre-advance package;
making a proper advance sheet;
how to advance each show;
advancing your cash requirements and much more.
Part 4 guides you through an entire show day and shows you:
what it takes to be a tour manager running a music tour;
the mechanics of how to do press, meet-and-greets, and in-stores;
the proper way to do your guest list each day;
the right way to handle venue security;
how to do your daily tour accounting correctly;
how to do your show settlement each night;
important information about merchandising, foreign currencies, and more.
Part 5 shows you how to:
promote yourself so you can build your successful career;
find your first job as a tour manager;
and the road hazards to avoid.

That list speaks volumes, but the content definitely backs it up.  Add to that Workman’s writing style that is very smooth, humorous at times, and easy to understand, and you have one hell of a how to guide.  The promise of a series of these books is very enticing and long overdue.  It would not be surprising to see Berklee School of Music or The Musicians Institute making this book, or eventually the series, part of their curriculum…it’s that good.

If you want to get into the music business, are in the music business already, or are like me, and just fascinated with the music business, you will find this to be a treasured find.

Mark Workman is also a former boxing writer whose feature articles have appeared on BoxingScene and Fox Sports.

THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS: New Testimonial Video Featuring MAX CAVALERA of SOULFLY

Guys- I’ve got to tell you that this is a very awesome book.  It’s definitely one any metal fan needs or would cherish as a gift.  This is not a read as much as a list of all things metal that make you think back, discover, argue, and maybe even move ahead.  Pittsburgh Music Magazine devoured our copy and it’s already pretty dogeared around here!

See what the press is saying about THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS:

A “Lovingly compiled bible of all things metal.” – Entertainment Weekly

The lists are literary (“Best Metal Blogs”), humorous (“Completely Unnecessary Heavy Metal Subgenres”) and fight-stirring (“The Best Metal Albums Ever!”). – New York Times

 

The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists, compiled by Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins, is the ultimate look at the world of heavy metal via the ease and convenience of a list. No stone is left unturned here, and I mean no stone. If you think you have a list about metal that isn’t in this book, chances are you’re wrong. Both Jenkins and Abrams have exhaustively researched and brainstormed Merciless and delivered a look at their beloved genre that is informative and fun.” – Iann Robinson, CraveOnline.com

 

“If you love metal and you love lists like I do, you must check this book out.” – Richard Christy, Charred Walls of the Damned/The Howard Stern Show

 

“I love lists and even more than loving them, I love to call them out for being wrong.  Normally it’s the bullshit that Rolling Stone or Revolver puts out that gets me the most angry, but now there’s a real book I can look at with my elitist mindset… There have been a lot of metal books coming out over the last year or so, this one actually has me interested.” – Sam Roon, SkullsnBones.com

 

“This April, there’s sure to be plenty of arguments coming between metalheads as ‘The Merciless Book of Metal Lists’ arrives in bookstores everywhere.” – Chad Childers, Loudwire.com

 

 

THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS is out NOW! Today, Loudwire.com is exclusively hosting a new testimonial video for the book, this time featuring SOULFLY’s Max Cavalera! Max took a brief break from writing the new SOULFLY record to read the “The 10 Hardcore Punk Albums that Shaped Thrash Metal” list and comment on the book. Check out the video here: http://loudwire.com/the-merciless-book-of-metal-lists-receives-max-cavalera-approval/.

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THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS Co-Author Howie Abrams will be teaming up with VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, on Friday, May 10th at 12:00pm ET to host their Metal YouTube channel! Howie also picked and reviewed his five favorite Metal videos available across VEVO. You can tune into that channel here:http://www.youtube.com/user/MetalOnVEVO and read more about his picks here:http://vevo.com/news

In its first week, THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS has landed at #1 on the Heavy Metal Book list on Amazon.com! Pick up the book at your nearest major book retailer or online at Amazon.com now! The E-Book version of THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS will be available later this month with an official date being announced soon.

 

Written by NYC music scene veterans Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins and touted as being “the most opinionated compendium ever written concerning Heavy Metal”, THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS is comprised of 208 jam-packed pages representing all that is glorious across the world of Heavy Metal. The book also features dozens of never-before-seen photographs from iconic East Coast photographer Frank White.

 

The foreword for THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS comes from one of the most respected names in the genre, Slayer guitarist extraordinaire Kerry King, with a candid and passionate afterword from Pantera/Down frontman Philip Anselmo. The book also features numerous other contributions from key metal luminaries and industry personnel like Scott Ian (Anthrax), Gary Holt (Exodus),Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly), Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show), and more.

 

You can learn more about THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS at the official Facebook page or Abrams Books.

THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS: New Quote Snippets from Kerry King and Philip Anselmo

The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists, compiled by Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins, is the ultimate look at the world of heavy metal via the ease and convenience of a list. No stone is left unturned here, and I mean no stone. If you think you have a list about metal that isn’t in this book, chances are you’re wrong. Both Jenkins and Abrams have exhaustively researched and brainstormed Merciless and delivered a look at their beloved genre that is informative and fun.”– Iann Robinson, CraveOnline.com

 

THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS, written by NYC music scene veterans Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins, is set to be released on April 9, 2013. Touted as being “the most opinionated compendium ever written concerning Heavy Metal”, THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS is comprised of 208 jam-packed pages representing all that is glorious across the world of Heavy Metal. The book features dozens of never-before-seen photographs from iconic East Coast photographer Frank White.

 

The foreword for THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS comes from one of the most respected names in the genre, Slayer guitarist extraordinaire Kerry King, with a candid and passionate afterword from Pantera/Down frontman Philip Anselmo.

 

“This book will appeal to metalheads because it’s what they love. They’ll get to laugh at the industry and at themselves. Any information is good information, and metal kids want it.” –Kerry King (Slayer)

 

“I am an unabashed heavy metal fan, and I know as well as anyone, that metal fans can be an extremely loyal lot. But we are a very critical lot too. With each new movement, a new, defiant, outspoken, and sovereign audience is born. Music is older than all of us, so its history is ours to writhe in and absorb.” – Philip Anselmo (Pantera/Down)

 

There are numerous other contributions from key metal luminaries and industry personnel like:

 

Scott Ian (Anthrax)

Gary Holt (Exodus)

Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly)

Katon W. DePena (Hirax)

John Gallagher (Raven)

Danny Lilker (Nuclear Assault/SOD)

Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show)

Jon & Marsha Zazula (Megaforce Records)

Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)

Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica Producer)

ILL BILL (Heavy Metal Kings/La Coka Nostra)

MC Serch (3rd Bass)

Richard Christy (Charred Walls of the Damned/The Howard Stern Show)

Monte Conner (Roadrunner Records/Nuclear Blast Records)

Borivoj Krgin (Blabbermouth.net)

Shaun Glass (Soil/Dirge Within)

Betsy Weiss (Bitch)

 

 

Presented in the form of dozens of factual, random and often outrageous lists, THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS dares to call many out for being the worst instead of being the best. It points out the triumphs, as well as the miserable failures concerning metal, from a diehard fan’s point-of-view.

 

TMBML leaves no stone unturned, often blurring the lines separating fact and hilarity. You want to know about album covers that feature goats on them? What Motorhead icon Lemmy’s warts might tell you if they could speak? The achievements Iron Maiden would never have reached had their original vocalist Paul Dianno remained in the band? Well then, this book is for you.

 

To pre-order THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS, please visit Amazon.com. You can learn more about the book at the official Facebook page or Abrams Books.

Affiance headline dates in Feb/March with special guest ‘Glamour Of The Kill’

Affiance will kick off their first touring of 2013 with a three week tour of the US with special guest Glamour Of The Kill from the UK! The band will be playing songs from their brand new album “The Campaign” and will be sharing the stage along with I See Stars and Soulfly on select dates.

The new Affiance album “The Campaign” has had a successful first few weeks! Some great sales numbers have charted them at #7 Heatseekers, #7 Top New Artist, #37 Top Hard Albums, and #53 Top Indie Albums. Singer Dennis Tvrdik commented, “We are absolutely stoked that we charted on Billboard! Our fans are insanely supportive and believe in us not only as a band but as people. Thank you to everyone who bought The Campaign. We are forever grateful!”

Dennis Tvrdik commented on the new album (Produced by Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio who has recently finished records for August Burns Red, Texas In July), “The Campaign is multiple levels above No Secret Revealed in every area. The vocals, the drums, the guitars, the recording quality, the song structure, the variety… We couldn’t be happier or more confident with a sophomore album. It almost feels like we skipped a release between the two albums! There is not a doubt in my mind that this will be a game changer for us and will open many doors to opportunities otherwise closed off from us.”

The band has recently been featured in Hails And Horns Magazine and Outburn Magazine and more, and recently appeared AS A CARTOON (yes, a cartoon) in a new interview with South Africa’s MK Ondergrond! The interview appeared on national SA television but can be seen on YouTube along with recent interviews with In Flames and The Used. Singer Dennis Tvrdik talks about their hometown of Cleveland, the metal and hardcore scenes, touring, music videos, and more.

Affiance have recently wrapped up US tours with Memphis May Fire, Close Your Eyes, Serianna, Modern Day Escape, The Color Morale, Stray From The Path, Vanna, This Or The Apocalypse and Deception Of A Ghost.

Affiance w/ special guests Glamour Of The Kill:

2/16 Toledo, OH @ Frankies
2/17 Peoria, IL @ The Brass Rail
2/18 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
2/21 Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
2/22 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit (with I See Stars)
2/23 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dogg Saloon
2/24 Lubbock, TX @ Jakes
2/26 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
2/27 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
2/28 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
3/01 Madison, WI @ The Loft
3/02 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville, Mews
3/03 Lacrosse, WI @ The Warehouse
3/05 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
3/06 Chicago, IL @ Live 59
3/07 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop (with Soulfly)

THY WILL BE DONE Fourth Episode of “Inside Temple” Available Now

THY WILL BE DONE will now start the second leg of the “Party to the Apocalypse” tour with Shadows Fall, God Forbid and Trumpet the Harlot this coming Tuesday, November 13th due to Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner’s illness. The band is out on the road in support of their new EP release Temple which was released worldwide on September 25th via the band’s own Eye.On Lion Recordings with INgrooves Fontana handling distribution.

Today the band is premiering the fourth installment of the “Inside Temple” video series hosted exclusively by Metal Injection. Episode four is entitled “Mix-Master Metal” and it sheds light on the band’s choices for the post-production team for their latest
release.

Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive stream of Temple HERE.

Known for their DIY approach, the EP was produced and engineered by THY WILL BE DONE, mixed by acclaimed metal producer ZEUSS (Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, Soulfly) at Planet Z and is the inaugural release on the band’s own Eye.On Lion Recordings with INgrooves Fontana handling world-wide distribution.

THY WILL BE DONE will be on the road in support of Temple this fall/winter. Confirmed dates are listed below, with more to be announced shortly.

Thy Will Be Done w/ Shadows Fall, God Forbid and Trumpet the Harlot
11/13: Nashville, TN @ Main Street Live
11/14: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
11/15: Shreveport, LA @ The Warehouse November
11/16: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
11/17: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
11/18: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
1120: Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
11/21: El Paso, TX @ House Of Rock
11/22: Gallup, NM @ Juggernaut
11/23: Phoenix, AZ @ Joes Grotto

Thy Will Be Done w/ Hatebreed, Emmure & More
12/26: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
12/27: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

THY WILL BE DONE Third Episode of “Inside Temple” Available Now

THY WILL BE DONE’s newest EP Temple received its long awaited release worldwide on September 25th via the band’s own Eye.On Lion Recordings with INgrooves Fontana handling distribution. In addition to cracking the Top 10 on Billboard Heatseeker charts regionally at #9 and the whirlwind of positive accolades surrounding it’s unveiling; Temple was voted Revolver Magazine’s ‘Album Of The Week’.

Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive stream of Temple HERE. Temple is available through other retailers and can be ordered on Amazon. The digital version of the EP is also available via iTunes and Amazon.

Today the band is premiering their third installment of the “Inside Temple” video series hosted exclusively by Metal Injection. Episode three is entitled “Fresh Elements” and it showcases how the rhythm section in place for the past couple of years, finally got to bring their contributions to the fold for ‘Temple’; their first recording with the band. The video is available for viewing exclusively on Metal Injection HERE.

Known for their DIY approach, the EP was produced and engineered by THY WILL BE DONE, mixed by acclaimed metal producer ZEUSS (Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, Soulfly) at Planet Z and is the inaugural release on the band’s own Eye.On Lion Recordings with INgrooves Fontana handling world-wide distribution.

THY WILL BE DONE will be hitting the road in support of Temple this fall with Shadows Fall, God Forbid and Trumpet the Harlot. Confirmed dates are listed below, with more to be announced shortly.

Thy Will Be Done w/ Shadows Fall, God Forbid and Trumpet the Harlot
10/12: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/13: Syracuse, NY @ Station 58
10/14: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/16: Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
10/17: Madison, WI @ RSR Stage
10/18: Des Moines, IA @ Peoples Court
10/19: Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock
10/20: Detroit, MI @ Harpos
10/21: Springfield, IL @ Boondocks
10/23: Lexington, KY @ Busters
10/24: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
11/8: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
11/9: Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
11/10: Spartansburg, SC @ Ground Zero
11/11: Jacksonville, FL @ Brewsters Roc Bar
11/14: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
11/16: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
11/17: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
11/18: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
11/21: El Paso, TX @ House Of Rock
11/23: Phoenix, AZ @ Joes Grotto

For More Information Please Visit:
http://www.thywillbedone.net
http://www.facebook/thywillbedone

Discovery Channel’s THE DEVIL’S RIDE to Premiere ATTIKA 7 Tracks

Tune in to The Discovery Channel’s new hit motorcycle club series, ‘The Devil’s Ride’, next week for ATTIKA 7’s world premiere of select tracks appearing on the band’s upcoming full-length album, Blood Of My Enemies. The episode, featuring a previously recorded live performance with exclusive, never-before-heard tracks, will air on June 5, 2012 at 10pm ET/PT. The series often features ATTIKA 7 guitarist Rusty Coones and will include music from the band’s new album throughout the rest of the season.

ATTIKA 7 and Loudwire.com recently revealed the brand new track, ‘Devil’s Daughter’. Fans can head to Loudwire.com to listen to the track now at this location.

ATTIKA 7’s new album, Blood Of My Enemies, is set for a July 31, 2012 release and features ex-Biohazard vocalist Evan Seinfeld, lead guitarist, notable songwriter and famed (Sons of Anarchy) motorcycle builder Rusty Coones, and bassist Tony Campos, founding member of Static X, who also currently performs in Soulfly, Prong, Possessed, Asesino and Ministry. The band recorded Blood of My Enemies with legendary producer MUDROCK (Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack).

Blood of My Enemies is a brutal slab of unrelenting hard rock, with the initial groundwork laid by Rusty Coones in the confines of a federal penitentiary. It was in this unforgiving environment that he penned the songs that would eventually become the band’s uncompromising debut.

For more information on ATTIKA 7, please visit:

www.attika7.com