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Get in the Van

Get in the Van

Date: Jan 14 2008

Themes: Music

Intro

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Even when musicians become successful enough to quit their day jobs, a lot of times they still have to work eight hours a day…driving. When a band first becomes popular enough to play out of town, they usually tour in a van that they drive themselves.

Since up and coming rock bands don’t usually have lots of money, the vans they drive frequently break down. Beren is a drummer and she recently went on tour in a van. Listen to her and Mason talk about it.

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Mason

Mason

Beren

Beren

Mason:  This friend of mine is starting a tour with his band and he’s kicking it off here and they’re gonna drive around, like down to California…

Beren:  Oh cool, cool.

Mason:  And then back up through Idaho and Seattle and stuff.

Beren:  Rad. What are they going in, do you know?

Mason:  Uh, they’ve got this big, junky van that they just throw all their stuff in and hope that it’s gonna get to the next city.

Beren:  Yeah, definitely. Do they have, like, a little bunk bed in the back?

Mason:  No! I think they either put up tents or get a junky motel room.

Beren:  Really? That’s pretty luxurious. I just got back from a tour in a van…

Mason:  Really?

Beren:  ...I did. And the only people who had seat belts were the driver and the passenger up front.

Mason:  Yeah…

Beren:  And everybody else was in recliners in the back, like a bench.

Mason:  Recliners? Like lounge chairs?

Beren:  Yeah, like La-Z Boys.

Mason:  In the back of the van? How big was this van?

Beren:  It’s pretty big, but size wasn’t the issue. For me it was safety. There were a few times that the chairs are tipping over and you don’t know what’s gonna happen. It’s dangerous. And that’s how bands do it in vans, typically. It was fun though. Are your friends going to Southern California?

Mason:  Yeah. They do it a lot. They’re just like, “Hey, man, we got three days off. Let’s have a tour.”

Beren:  That’s pretty cool.

Mason:  They do it all the time. It’s so weird. I don’t know how they get the gigs but…

Beren:  Wow. It’s going to be expensive too. Vans are super expensive. Gas, they guzzle gas.

Mason:  Do they?

Beren:  Yeah.

 

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Discussion

Mason mentions that some friends of his are going to go on a short tour down to California and then back up through Idaho and Washington. He says they’re taking a van and sleeping in tents or cheap motel rooms.

Beren says that cheap motel rooms sounds pretty good to her. She just got back from a tour where the van had recliners in the back instead of proper seats. She said it was kind of scary.

Mason’s friends go on little tours whenever they can. Mason’s not sure how they do it and neither is Beren. Vans use a lot of gas and gas is expensive.

To some people, touring in a van sounds like a dream come true, but to others it sounds terrible. Would you like to be in a band that tours in a van?

 

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aliaalia3

Egypt

it is very nice .

12:16 AM Jun 10 2009 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

it’s sounds good :)

05:14 PM Feb 24 2009 |

飞云

飞云

China

     Yeah, it is fun .Maybe it is why so many people like it including me.

        Everyone here will have a good time! 

11:49 AM Jan 20 2008 |

Didihp

Didihp

Spain

I'd like to travel in the van around the world with my friends, It sounds well!

02:40 PM Jan 19 2008 |

ola3

ola3Super Member!

Ukraine

To travel in a van that would be fun. What else to desire! But the van should be in a good condition. No shaky, dilapidated chairs. Laughing I would go on tour along America with my family.

07:19 PM Jan 18 2008 |

kgqa5651

kgqa5651

China

It's very good

 

10:16 AM Jan 18 2008 |

creakylee

creakylee

China

i like it

04:36 PM Jan 17 2008 |

delerium

delerium

Bulgaria

If somebody got a van and planning a tour call me :)

08:42 AM Jan 17 2008 |

unlockedgates

Viet Nam

I love this lesson verymuch. I love Ebaby. It's really useful for me. 

06:16 AM Jan 17 2008 |

ttppss

ttppss

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Iam   a merchant  in iran  my can is at you the for

travel/tourist  together  start loyal  i come  at  you

dlad  thankyou   hekmat111

06:18 PM Jan 15 2008 |

abdeeq

abdeeq

Somalia

Cool

03:57 PM Jan 15 2008 |

yana011

yana011

Philippines

tour in the van is totally cool.

02:09 AM Jan 15 2008 |

bethaniart

bethaniartSuper Member!

Brazil

I think touring ina van would be cool. Does anybody know if I can change teh rate? I would like to click on 5 stars and I made a mistake!

11:37 PM Jan 14 2008 |

EstebanM

EstebanM

Colombia

Yeah, that's the way to grew up.

07:35 PM Jan 14 2008 |

yuki gao

China

  Travling in the van , that is impossible for me . i have motion sick on all the transportation. Also, that is long distance ,how can people stand for it

07:23 PM Jan 14 2008 |

prosperity

China

Just check your IE. If you disabled your plugin. Or you had a firewall to block it off.

It's just played by a flash player plugin.

good luck!

07:02 PM Jan 14 2008 |

johny johny

Cote D'Ivoire

why with your intimate friends i think that its better with simples friends cause it permits good friendships

06:16 PM Jan 14 2008 |

kohtay

kohtay

Myanmar

It's fun i like that,,

05:51 PM Jan 14 2008 |

Alhan

Alhan

Pakistan

Its really alot of fun travelling in van for long tours. having party in northern hilly areas, wooow.. really want to go some where in coming days :)

05:15 PM Jan 14 2008 |

nabiha joe

nabiha joe

Djibouti

i liketo travel in  the van , but  not a long time

02:14 PM Jan 14 2008 |

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