Tour Life: The Inside Scoop

May 2, 2014

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on a world tour? Putting a concert on each night in a different city? In a different time zone even?

This is what your favourite artists do day in and day out. When you attend a concerts however, you’re only seeing 30% of the production! The rest is either happening outside of the concert hours or behind the scenes…

As an attendee, the duration of a concert is from approximately 7pm to 10pm. For the crew working at these events, it never stops. From the moment they wake up they are setting up the stage, rehearsing, working soundcheck or checking the lighting. All of which are necessary, but ongoing. Presumably, the type of job that holds its hours at 24 hours per day can begin to take its toll on a person.

For Miley Cyrus, her fourth world tour has brought her the biggest success as well as some of the hardest struggles she has faced. Kicking off The Bangerz Tour beginning of February, she enjoyed 2 months of worry-free touring until her tour bus hit a few bumpy spots. Her puppy, Floyd, passed away beginning of April leaving Miley heartbroken- even shedding tears during her sets. But just when we thought the worst had come and gone for the young pop star, she fell ill having to take perscription medication. As luck would have it, she had no knowledge of her severe allergy to those meds, leaving her in worse shape than before and forced to be hospitalized.

Since then, she’s been fighting to recover but Doctor’s just won’t give her the OK to get back on the road and travel. The return of her symptoms have lead her management to cancel many of her US tour dates as well as postpone her first two European shows in Amsterdam and Antwerp. For now, the European leg is set to kick off May 6th in London.

Miley isn’t taking any of this lightly, hopping onto twitter to share her feelings…

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Lorde is unfortunately in the same boat as Miley. The 17-year-old had to postpone her Australian tour due to an illness of her own.

She told fans: ‘It breaks my heart to have to postpone these shows as the band and I absolutely love playing to Australian crowds, and it was not a decision we made lightly. I know I need to focus on getting better in order to perform at my best. We’ll be with you as soon as we can, Aussies.’

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Since winning her Grammy in January, Lorde has been on demand non-stop. Performance after performance caught up to the superstar teen and left her with a rough chest infraction along with other overall health issues.

Fan responses are coming in mixed with some wishing her well and a swift recovery but others hurt by the postponing of the dates, and deeming her ‘irresponsible.’ Either way, as soon as it comes to her health she loses a bit of her power to control touring. Her management and parents have a lot of say in how she can handle her tour not to mention the advice of her doctors.

These circumstances for Miley and Lorde are not rare, for almost every international tour there follows health struggles leaving devoted artists to postpone or even cancel shows and tours. Most outside of the industry will assume the life of a performer is blessed with minimal work and effort but it proves to be the opposite. Being away from home, living at work 24/7 and above all the strain their duties have on those small fibbers in their throat weighs in quite a lot.

A moment to appreciate the hard work and effort that goes into a tour goes a long way. To you it might look like a sparkling 3-hour event for one night of the week but its so much more than that.

Were you planning on attending any of Miley or Lorde’s postponed shows? Or do you know any artists that have been through a similar struggle? Tweet us and tell us at @weknowthedj!

– Sara Soulati (@sarasoulati)

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