Punk rock troubadour Frank Turner simply did one thing solely two artists earlier than him have ever achieved. He performed 50 reveals in 50 days in 50 totally different cities throughout the US – an endeavor that was little question excited and exhilarating all on the similar time.
The opposite two courageous acts to try the journey had been George Thorogood and The Melvins. Thorogood made the trek in 1981, whereas The Melvins climbed the mountain in 2021.
Talking with NME whereas in Hawaii, Turner mentioned he was “shell-shocked” from the expertise and, “I had the thought of enjoying 50 states in 50 days previous to the pandemic, and it’s been on ice for the final couple of minutes. Within the context of post-pandemic touring, it appeared like a cool strategy to hit the bottom working and a re-statement of intent. I’m on my ninth file and my seventeenth yr of touring as a solo artist, and this isn’t a nasty factor to have a hook to hold a tour off.”
Turner additionally described the beginning of the tour as brutal, revealing he acquired COVID simply earlier than it was set to kick off:
“For that purpose, I needed to play some two-show days as a way to purchase journey time down the West coast of the nation. These two-show days had been genuinely fairly front-loaded, so I recovered from COVID, jumped on a airplane, after which did one thing like 20 reveals in 12 days. That was brutal. It could have been brutal at any level of my profession, however after having had two years off and having turned 40, that proved fairly difficult!”
To rejoice finishing the journey, Turner acquired a tattoo on his leg, a endlessly reminder of an accomplishment that places him in rarefied air. Are you a Frank Turner fan? Are you shocked he was in a position to full the gauntlet?