Tour Diary: 7 Minutes in Heaven

We are happy to present another guest blog from Chicago’s 7 Minutes In Heaven. Hitting the road can be a trial of patience and a test of character, packing into a van with a few guys and playing in new, exciting places every night. Taking time to reflect on the touring experience is essential for any band and luckily these guys were kind enough to give us a glimpse of their experiences. Check out the second installment of 7 Minutes in Heaven’s Tour Diary. 

Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek) Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek)

When you have to visit fourteen cities in seventeen days timing is so important, but in some moments the concept of time is completely lost. On the last day of tour, you‘re always left with a feeling of disbelief that it’s already time to go home.


Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek) Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek)

There’s a mutual honesty between our fans and us. When you’re on tour you’re presenting your real life for each and every listener to interpret every single day. It’s exhausting to be vulnerable all the time, but that transparency has always been important to us.


Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek) Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek)

When you go out on tour, you sacrifice any privacy you’ve ever had to share your life and journey with the fans, but also quite literally with everyone else in the band and crew. You learn how to live out of a van and spend every waking moment with five other people.


Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek) Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek)

Touring teaches you how to identify the nearest lobby bathroom, open wi-fi network, and dollar menu. Wal-Mart parking lots make for great hotels, and Subway sandwiches become two meals. Planet Fitness Black memberships allow you to work out in any city and bring a friend, which means free showers in any city for you and one more in your crew.


Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek) Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek)

While touring is an amazing and fun experience, there’s still an incessant need to be aware of our surroundings and the situations at hand. When things can go wrong, they usually do, which means constantly thinking on feet, problem solving, and improvising.


Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek) Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek)

Touring is the most rewarding and challenging part of our lives. It’s the pursuit of new experiences and perspectives. If we weren’t in this band none of us would have the opportunity to see the people and places that we do.


Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek) Photo: Teri Cwiek (@tericwiek)

We learn so much about ourselves when we’re on the road. No matter how much we prepare, we always find ourselves in situations we could never have even imagined. It’s in those moments we learn what we’re really made of.

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