Backstage Tour: on the road with Karnivool

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The difference between perception and reality is one of the big hairy questions that haunts the periphery of the human experience. Unsurprisingly, musicians and other writers have done their best to try and cut through the myths surrounding the band on the road and present the unvarnished truth. From Henry Rollins' gritty and misanthropic memoir Get In The Van to Cameron Crowe’s iconic film Almost Famous, pop‐culture has plenty to offer on this topic. 

Having spent seven years touring as an artist myself across around 30 countries, I have plenty of opinions on the subject. Recently, I completed my first big tour as one of the guitar techs for the rock powerhouse Karnivool on their Praxis tour. Here are some thoughts from the back‐of‐house regarding routine, gear, and the realities behind a run of great shows by one of the country’s best bands.

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