UNLESS YOU THINK A FART BOX IS BETTER THAN A MOTEL 6…
It’s no secret that Metallica is the exception to the rule, and that being a touring musician in a metal band does not make for a very glamorous lifestyle. Your stinky fart-box of a van often serves as your bed, unless you’re lucky enough to be able to find a floor or couch or something to sleep on. And that would require that you either a) know someone near the tour stop, b) make a friend at said tour stop, and/or c) actually have time to sleep (as opposed to driving all night to make the next gig). You might like to think that these problems only plague smaller bands, but guess again – plenty of well established bands have made a van seat their bed time and again. These facts serve me personally as a constant reminder that I could never be a touring musician – I’m a spoiled brat and I need a fucking bed.
Well, AdFreak.com reports that Motel 6, that classiest of motel chains, is now doing something to try and help out:
Motel 6 has joined with Primary Wave Music, a song publisher, for “Rock Yourself to Sleep,” a promotion that offers bands free hotel rooms while on the road… Bands that have signed on include Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, Hit the Lights and Sparks the Rescue. I’m not sure those guys will ever leave once they’re ensconced. Motel 6 beats sleeping in the van with the roadies, though admittedly not by much.
The article doesn’t offer any additional details on the program, and I can’t find any mention of it on the Motel 6 website, so I’m not sure if there’s a catch, or if only certain types of bands (e.g., signed) are eligible, or whatever. And, again, this would require there being a Motel 6 near the tour stop (which is not implausible, I imagine, given that there are a lot of Motel 6s out there) and that you actually have time to stop somewhere for X number of hours before you need to get back on the road.
Still, in theory, this seems like a pretty cool offer.
Thanks to MS Maniac MetalAC13 for the tip. If anyone has additional info they think the group would find helpful, feel free to share in the comments section below.