On Tour The Late Night Drive
posted by June 20 at 12:25 PMon
One of the pitfalls of a touring band or DJ is the late night drive.
By the time you finish playing and packing up the van, car, or bus, it’s after 2 AM. There’s a long drive the next day to get to the next show, so you get on the road to knock a few hours off the trip.
After an hour or so, everyone falls asleep, and the driver is left to fend off sleep alone. The drowse heavily approaches. You put on a good cd, something with a beat.
You must stave off the nod off. Fight it. It’s a testy time, these lone wee hours – crack the energy drink and chug.
There’s Red Bull, Rock Star, Vortex, Venom, and Monster.
They tout things like ginseng, guarana, and taurine. What the hell is guarana?
And here’s “Cocaine.”
They said Cocaine, the energy drink, was “speed in a can” and “liquid cocaine.” But the FDA said, uh uh, and pulled it from the shelves.
On those late drives, how do you stay awake?
What is your energy drink of choice?
How do you fight off the gripping hand of sleep?