DANKO JONES - "A Band's Crew Should Be Treated With The Highest Regard"

June 25, 2013, 4 years ago

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Toronto rocker DANKO JONES has posted a new column at Canada's Huffington Post. Following is an excerpt from his latest article:

"Whether people realize it or not, while on tour, a band and its crew are greater than the sum of the band members alone. Show me a band that treats its crew respectfully and I'll show you a band that will persevere through any obstacle the road throws at them. When I run across a road crew that is unhappy and overworked I know there's more bullshit drama emanating from the band themselves than what's visible on the surface.

I've also witnessed people from the outside of a band's camp (i.e. crowd attendees, music biz schmoozers, entitled family and friends) treat their crew like shit trying to get to the band.

Wrong move.

A band's crew should be treated with the highest regard. After all, they're the conduit to the group themselves and when everything is firing on all cylinders, the crew and band roll as one. When you're thousands of miles away from home together, whether you play on stage or not becomes indecipherable and extraneous because everyone, whether they realize it or not, is on survival mode. Anyone outside the circle can usually go fuck themselves, too.

And yet, however tight a band is with its crew, and despite it revolving in the loose carefree hang-ten world of Rock 'n' Roll, everyone's got their own bottom-line. And it's talk of the bottom line that snaps everyone back into reality. No matter how cool a band is to their crew and vice versa, no matter how many memorable times you've shared together, there is no crew if the budget won't allow for it. You can usually tell how well a band is doing by the size of their crew, too. If a band has a guy to open the dressing room door and wipe the crumbs off their face, they're probably selling out multiple nights in arenas months ahead.

In the rough and tumble transitory world of Rock 'n' Roll, we've lost crew guys to bands who were more affluent, but I'm proud to say that we've never had a crew member quit on us due to any grievance. Still, it does hurt a little bit when you watch a beloved ex-crew member teching for another band when they roll through town. The only consolation being that they put you on their guest list and you watch said roadie stealer's show for free."

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Danko Jones (the band) have been confirmed for Festival D’Été in Québec City, Québec on July 13th. Go to this location for event information.

The band's tour schedule is now as follows:


29 - Helsinki, Finland - Rock The Beach


4 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metaltown
13 - Québec City, Québec - Festival D’Été
19 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
20 - Holte-Stukebrock, Germany - Serengeti Festival
24 - Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Festival Nyon


2 - Kostrzyn On The Oder, Poland - Woodstock Festival
9 - Eschwege, Germany - Open Flair Festival DE
10 - Berlin, Germany - Ehemaliger Flughafen Tempelhof (Rollfeld) - supporting DIE ÄRZTE
11 - Berlin, Germany - Ehemaliger Flughafen Tempelhof (Rollfeld) - supporting DIE ÄRZTE

Danko Jones recently released the official video for the Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue album track, 'I Believed In God'. Watch the clip below along with a behind-the-scenes of the making of the video in the footage below:

On April 9th, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue was reissued via iTunes. The reissue features an exclusive, brand new, unreleased track called ‘Crazy In Bed’. The track was recorded during the Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue sessions.

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