Even though the calendar says we’re still in the final throes of spring, let’s get real: With the rising temperatures, lack of school and reruns on TV, summer is totally here. With that in mind, we asked members of All Time Low, Yellowcard, Asking Alexandria, Man Overboard, blessthefall and I Set My Friends On Fire (just to name a few) to share their c.v. for Summer Tour Survival 101. Whether revealing their road essentials or recalling painful (or just dumb) sunburns, the following musicians are experts at beating the heat.

Telle Smith of The Word Alive
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?
Deodorant. It gets awfully sweaty during the summer, no sense in adding to the torture. Bathing suit, because you never know when a spur-of-the-moment swim sesh will go down. And your iPod, for all those late-night drives with the windows down, enjoying music and nice weather.

What was your worst summer touring experience?
Last summer on Warped Tour, the power and AC broke on our bus for a total of almost two weeks. That was easily the worst tour experience, summer or not! We had to ride in the front of the bus, all of us in our underwear, just hoping for a breeze from the driver’s window (our only source of air). We all were super sweaty and slept like crap the whole time. But we were on Warped Tour, which ruled, so we made do.

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
When I was in high school my senior class took a trip to a beach in Florida. Nice white sand… and little did we know how brutal the sun really was that day. First day of our trip, I got second-degree burns on my feet from the sun. My feet were super swollen and completely purple! I'll never make that mistake again.

How does your band beat the heat?
We usually just ride around in the van/bus naked with fans to cool our bodies. I'm kidding, kinda… Or am I?

What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
On my 18th Birthday I was able to see the Cure, Thursday and Muse, three bands I love to this day. That was one of the best shows of my life.
 

Beau Bokan of blessthefall
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?
1. Flip-flops
2. Sunscreen
3. Board shorts
 
What was your worst summer touring experience?
Breaking down in some super crappy random town in the middle of Texas. Not only was it the hottest place on planet Earth, but the gas station we were at had billions and billions of flies! If you opened the van door for literally two seconds at least five flies would get in.
 
What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
Any sunburn is a bad sunburn.
 
How does your band beat the heat?
Swim, swim, swim! We find hotel pools, lakes, rivers, any place we can submerge our bodies in water. Get in and cool off!
 
What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
Warped 1997, Irvine, California, at Irvine Meadows. It was my first Warped Tour, and I believe it was only the second year of Warped. I remember losing my mind for Blink and NOFX. Crowd surfing and circle pitting causing tornadoes of dirt. When I got home and rinsed off there was literally mud in the shower, and I was shooting dirt snot rockets. So much fun. I still have my ticket stub.


David Schmitt from Breathe Carolina
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?
Dry shampoo, clean socks, alcohol.
 
What was your worst summer touring experience?
Being in Tampa for Warped ’09 and 2010, when it's pouring rain and 100% humidity, and all our merch and gear got ruined from the rain!

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
Well, I wore Toms a lot on Warped, and I didn't really notice, but I got the craziest tan from where the Tom stopped to where my pants started. It was so bad, I literally still have it!

How does your band beat the heat?
We don't—the heat beats us.

What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
I saw Rush with my dad at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. It was just amazing, the sound and all the drunk cougars. It ruled!

Matt Kean of Bring Me The Horizon
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?
Beer pong, a shower and a football!

What was your worst summer touring experience?
We've never really had a bad one! Some of the earlier tours, we've slept in the van to wake up to being insanely hot and sweaty! It's not the best way to start a day! But I think every band would agree summer touring by far beats winter touring!

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
Being English, I always thought sunburn was a myth, a mysterious mythical tale told by people in hot countries to keep people like us away! I think I got it pretty bad on Warped Tour the first time we ever did it—but these days I'm wise and hide away in the bus!

How does your band beat the heat?
We give in! On Warped Tour in Arizona, I think it was 120! Outside, luckily, Oli [Sykes] was away recording so we just kept out of it! Whilst hearing of other bands passing out while playing!
 
What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
When I was younger I'd go to festivals in the UK called Reading and Leeds! I can't remember much of it—it's kinda like a drunken blur!

Any random summer memories or thoughts on the season?
Once on Warped Tour, the first time we did it, we all had a crazy night which involved our old guitarist Curtis puking everywhere, Oli pouring a drink on my head, me kicking Oli off a BMX on a dance floor and fighting and our drummer Matt N. and guitarist getting in a car crash in a taxi and Matt N. getting found sitting in the fridge pissing everywhere… A good night!

Matt Goddard of Chiodos
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?
Tank tops, Gold Bond, flips.

What was your worst summer touring experience?
Going a week and half without taking a shower. Balls.

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
Thinking, “I don't need sunscreen,” and then getting blisters on my shoulders… This has happened multiple times.

How does your band beat the heat?
Finding AC anywhere we can. If not, setting up our merch tent, laying some chairs down, putting a table up, and grabbing the cooler. Ice. Beer. Chill.

What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
The only summer show that comes to mind is Warped Tour 2002, and it was way too hot to be considered awesome. But I did get an awesome, “I'm wearing glasses” sunburn that year.

Any random summer memories or thoughts on the season?
I ran into Zach Galifianakis in a bathroom in Detroit at a Warped Tour after-party. I complimented him on his show he used to do on Vh1. He was very soft spoken.

Chris Motionless of Motionless In White
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?
Can I answer with water for all three? Water is definitely the key to survival in the summer, as I'm sure anyone can guess. Aside from that, I'd say add my iPhone and some sunblock and I'm good to go!
 
What was your worst summer touring experience?
Actually, right now, as I'm answering these questions we're having a pretty horrible summer tour experience. We have an RV now, and two weeks ago our generator which powers everything decided to stop working. So we're now stuck driving in the crazy heat of the south without any air conditioner. Sweaty dudes galore.
 
What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
Warped Tour is pretty much a haven for terrible sunburn. Last year I ran out of sunblock and had no other option but to wear a hoodie or I would've fried. Unfortunately that then lead to just my neck and face to be completely red while the rest of my body remained white. I looked like a red lollipop.
 
How does your band beat the heat?
As I mentioned earlier… Water is key in the summer, and fortunately we are all smart enough to stay hydrated. Other than that… you pretty much have no other options except to just man up and get out there.

What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
A few years ago I went to Ozzfest (I don’t remember the year) but it was pretty much the best lineup that ever existed. My favorite show memory of all time—never mind just summer shows—was this show. Tons of bands played all day long, but then Bleeding Through, my favorite band ever, came on and completely annihilated everything. They wore all black and makeup and went on stage and put every other band to shame. That memory motivates me more than anything to strive to do that same thing for someone watching our band.


Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?

That's easy and should be a perfectly obvious answer! Sex, drugs and rock ’n roll! Are they items? If not, I guess I'll pick toothbrush, Captain Morgan’s and my iPhone—but really, you know my first answer was the better option!

What was your worst summer touring experience?
I don't remember most of my previous summers. Isn't the point of summer to get so drunk that you don't remember it?

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
A: Last year I was sitting outside at a festival, chilling with my friends and band members, and I had my tour passes around my neck, but no top on and I was wearing aviators. I was left with a fucking white rectangle on my chest and white circles around my eyes. Sexy, huh?!

How does your band beat the heat?
We are so hot ourselves that the sun actually tries to avoid us, coz it doesn't want the competition!

What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
I remember when I was a kid watching Aerosmith one summer. That was by far my favorite summer show simply because it was fucking Aerosmith, one of the best rock bands of all time.


(photo by Matt Grayson)

Matt Mehana from I Set My Friends On Fire
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?
Facial cream (for the ladies too), vaporizer, MacBook

What's your worst summer touring experience?
Shitting on Lights' bus after eating at Target. No one knew; I stuffed my crap that I had put in a bag in-between their the inside of their garbage can. Shh.

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
This one time visiting the Egyptian zoo; it got me real good. Sun was blaring, so there isn't a clue to how I got it. I should have worn all black, like the majority.

How does your band beat the heat?
We can't. Nothing will ever beat the heat. But there lots of girls in heat I'd love to beat.

What's the most awesome summer show you've ever seen?
I honestly don't think I had one. I feel bummed to say that. Perhaps I'll see an awesome one this year?

Any random summer memories or thoughts on the season?
Fourteen-year-old girl asks me a bunch of questions at the merch booth. Last one she decides to ask: “Can I finger your butthole?” Answer: “Whoa, NO.”


Dave Strauchman, Every Avenue
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?

I can’t live without my phone, my toothbrush and my acoustic guitar. All that other stuff like underwear and food… I can make do.

What was your worst summer touring experience?
My worst summer tour experience was in '08. We had to drop off a tour because I lost my voice and developed nodes, which are blisters on your vocal chords. I then had to go home and sit and not talk at all for 10 days. It sucked.

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
On Warped '09 I had my laminate around my neck on a lanyard. I fell asleep outside for a bit with my shirt off and when I woke up had a little bit of a stupid laminate tan line from it. Luckily it's not hard to catch tan on Warped, so it was gone pretty fast.

How does your band beat the heat?
A: Well, we are lucky enough to tour in a bus this summer, so that really helps. The summer tours we have done in a van have been hard. Drink a lot of water and find shade and a lot of sunscreen!

What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
I'd have to say my first Warped Tour experience was my favorite summer show. When I was young, I couldn't wait to go for the first time, so when I actually got to go I was so excited.

Any random summer memories or thoughts on the season?
I'm sitting in my underwear on my couch in my place right now answering these questions.

Alex Kerns of Lemuria
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?

1. Two pairs of a shoes. Always have a back-up! Wet shoes on the kick pedal and high-hat stand is very annoying. Too slippery.
2. Darn Tough socks: Best brand; they prevent smelly feet.
3. Ear plugs: Not for the show, for snorers.

What was your worst summer touring experience?
My old band The Young Ones were broken down for a week in Norman, Oklahoma in 2000, and the house we were staying at didn't have AC. There also was never a quiet moment in the house. I would stay up till the nearby campus library opened and go to sleep in a chair pretending to be an over-studied student. That same tour, my bandmate purposefully broke the driver-side window because it wouldn't roll down because he thought the comfort of the drive was more important than all the gear up front. He was also the stand-alone singer in the band.

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
Playing rugby with my friends outside on the first day out of high school for several hours under the sun, with no sun screen. My skin had boils in it. It was very gross. Now I have freckles on my shoulders.

How does your band beat the heat?
Coconut water, and we always attempt to hit the very hot areas of the country during the middle of winter. We're from Buffalo, so we're not very comfortable under high temperatures.

What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros. The Clash has always been my summer music. I love Joe Strummer’s solo work, and my heart sinks a little every time I remember that he's no longer making music in this world.