Brandon Bolmer of Chiodos
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?

MacBook/Ableton, water and cigarettes.

What was your worst summer touring experience?
Warped Tour 2004 in a van with a busted AC.

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
In eighth grade, I came back from summer break with my entire face peeling. I got it from a three-day trip to the river. I wanted to rip my face off, until it turned into a nice bronze. I couldn't get the ladies off me… pfffffff… right…

How does your band beat the heat?
Three-point shots, Gatorade, quick passes, and gettin' them rebounds.

What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
The entire 2005 Warped Tour is a summer I will never forget. Great friends and no more van.

Any random summer memories or thoughts on the season?
I once hit a person in the face with a can of Warped Tour water… I felt terrible… at least it was cold?! Oh, and my old band was said to be one of the youngest bands to play Warped at the time, kinda cool.

JR Wasilewski of Less Than Jake
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?

Baby wipes, baby wipes, baby wipes.

 
What was your worst summer touring experience?
Warped Tour 1999. I was in my old band, Spring Heeled Jack USA, and we did a week and a half in our van. So much fun, but so brutal. Overnight drive from DC to Atlanta almost killed us.

 
What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
I'm a ginger, so it happens once a summer, and it usually involves me being drunk on a boat. 

 
How does your band beat the heat?
By staying on the bus in the AC.

 
What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
To be honest, I have been on tour every summer since 1996, and prior to that I didn't go to too many concerts.



Justin Collier of Man Overboard

Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?

1. flip-flops
2. bathing suit
3. sunglasses

What was your worst summer touring experience?
The worst thing is waking up in the van and its like 874893454 degrees and you're sweaty and gross. Sometimes at night, I’ll get in my sleeping bag and then wake up practically burning alive. Gross.

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
I rarely get sunburned, but our old band, Front Page, was on tour with a band called Lighten Up in 2006. Their drummer fell asleep on the beach in Naples, Florida, and looked like a straight lobster. They ended up dropping off the tour three days and driving home because it was so bad.

How does your band beat the heat?
We have a 2006 Ford Econoline, so it has AC. Our old van was a ’96 Dodge, and that thing was an oven.

What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
Summer of 2009 at Best Friends Day in Richmond, Paint It Black and Ceremony did an afterparty house show. The kids from the house had just signed their lease the day before, so they hadn't moved a thing in yet. It was a big Victorian style house, and the show was nuts. I dove off the PA speakers. I think there is video online somewhere.

Any random summer memories or thoughts on the season?
Hmm… I'm seeing the new Harry Potter [film] this summer in England, as we will be there on tour with Polar Bear Club. I am super excited.

Jack Barakat of All Time Low
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?

1. Our merch tent. We set it up outside our bus and lounge in the sun all day
2. A great lounge chair! You need something comfortable to sit in under the tent.
3. Malibu and Mountain Dew. We call it our “summer beverage.” If you could put the beach in a drink, that would be it.
 
What was your worst summer touring experience?
The first year we did Warped Tour, we did it for two weeks in our van with our manager. He wanted to murder us after three days! We helped set up our stage every morning and had to sneak into half the dates. We didn't get meal tickets, so we sold CDs to buy festival food and gas and barely survived the two weeks. Luckily for us, the next year we were actually on the tour, and things were much better.
 
What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
The first time we went to Hawaii, Alex [Gaskarth] didn't wear sunscreen on our first day and was a lobster the entire rest of the trip. Our show was the second day we were there and he could barely wear his guitar strap, his burn was so bad! There are pictures of it somewhere online.
 
How does your band beat the heat?
The less clothes you have on, the less hot you are. It's a very simple concept! Everyone should try it. We can all just walk around in our boxers and underwear all summer. It'll be great!
 
What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
Blink-182 always toured in the summer when we were growing up, and it was always the best night of the summer. We would spend half the summer looking forward to the show, and then the other half of the summer talking about it and thinking back to how fun it was. The year they played with New Found Glory and Alkaline Trio was probably the best summer concert I attended growing up. Last year we did a whole festival circuit with them in Europe, so I got to relive those memories night after night.
 

Ryan Key of Yellowcard
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?

My own towel that I can depend on if and when I can find a shower, an Xbox 360 with copies of FIFA 2012 and NCAA Football 2012, lots of clean socks.

 
What was your worst summer touring experience?
We had the most beaten-down, smelly bus in Europe in the summer of 2004. The floor in the bathroom was falling out, so you could see the road passing underneath you while you were in there. Also the driver (in Europe the drivers sleep on the bus) woke up every day wearing bikini cut animal print briefs. 

 
What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
I fell asleep under an umbrella at the beach, but my feet were sticking out. I almost went to the hospital it was so bad. They turned purple.

 
How does your band beat the heat?
We tap the Rockies.

 
What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
I went to Warped '96, when Blink was headlining. I was 16, and it was something special to be there.

 
Any random summer memories or thoughts on the season?
A: The real key to summer touring is to stay hydrated. This can be a problem for me sometimes because I think spring water tastes like spit. More often than not, we get case after case of spit. Purified drinking water, please. Thank you.

Ben Witkowski of Texas In July
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?

Sunglasses, sunblock, cornhole.

What was your worst summer touring experience?
A car accident a few summers ago; it was the worst day of my life. I won't go into detail.

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
Actually, just a few weeks ago we were at a Motel 6 in Anaheim, near Disney on a day off, which had an outdoor pool. I made a plan to wake up at a decent time and go relax by the pool for a little while. I woke up as planned, walked to the pool—iPod and towel in hand—and laid on a chaise lounge chair while jamming a few prime summer albums. At some point I nodded off and fell sound asleep. I woke up later, looking down at my bronzed body thinking I was good to go, little did I know the next four days of my life were going to be a living nightmare. I'm actually still peeling from this incident two weeks later. I'll be sure to use sunblock from now on.

How does your band beat the heat?
Depending on where you are in the world, there is no beating the heat. The most you can do for yourself is pray for some solid AC and drink ice cold water all day. Places like California, Texas, Arizona, Italy and Florida can be very unforgiving in the summer months, so you have to face the beast and make dues with it. And remember: at least there isn't four feet of snow on the ground.

What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
A: Warped Tour, I don't think anything can top it. We as a band have never play/toured on Warped Tour, but I did attend the event in 2007. It's filled with great music, cool stands, and so many people. It's just generally a very well put together event. I hope to play on it in the future.


Tim Landers of Transit
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?

iPod, water bottle, liquor stores.

What was your worst summer touring experience?
Hmmm. I mean, touring in the summer is always a blast, but it’s definitely a bit shitty when you’ve got seven dudes packed into a small little van with no air conditioning. It was hot, it was sweaty, and every ride was borderline miserable.

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
I try to hold it down with the sunblock pretty consistently, because I’m Irish and white as all hell so sometimes burns are inescapable. I’ve gotten some pretty hilarious sunburns solely on my left arm from driving during the day. I’ll be completely normal with just one red arm.

How does your band beat the heat?
We lurk in the shadows and shade. I don’t know. One time, we pulled off the highway in the middle of nowhere and ran through a bunch of sprinklers on a golf course. It ruled. We’ve been known to hop a few hotel fences and sneak into some pools, too.

What's the best summer show you've ever seen? Why was it awesome?
Sound and Fury after-show 2010. 400 kids packed into a backyard on a rad summer night going nuts to Tigers Jaw, Foundation and Bracewar. Kids were doing front flips off the roof.


Tay Jardine of We Are The In Crowd
Three essential items you can’t live without on a summer tour?

Tanks, water, sunscreen!

What was your worst summer touring experience?
Warped Tour 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. It was about 112 degrees! We nearly passed out on stage.

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
My lips always get burned! I forget to wear Chapstick or sunblock all the time

How does your band beat the heat?
We drink a lot of water and huddle around the AC. Or scout out someone with a swimming pool!

What’s the most awesome summer show you’ve ever seen?
The only shows I've ever been to in the summer were part of Warped Tour! I'll never forget watching the Starting Line in, I think, 2005.

Any random summer memories or thoughts on the season?
Girls: Wear waterproof makeup. Nothing's worse than makeup running into your eyes when you sweat!

Ace Enders
Three essential items you can't live without on a summer tour?

1. Baby wipes. They can be very refreshing when the sun is beating down on you all day..
2. My 10-year-old basketball shorts that I only wear in the van.
3. A large cooler for the van. Pack it every day with fresh ice and all is good.

What's your worst summer touring experience?
I have way too many of them. I have to say the worst was my first Warped Tour, where we flipped our first van and got the second one stolen.
 
What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
I wore a hat all of last Warped Tour and had an awesome ring on my head!
 
How does your band beat the heat?
Night drives and lots of water.. Long day trips in the summer can be killer.
 
What's the best summer show you've ever seen?
I'm gonna say all the Warped Tours I went to growing up because it was the event we waited for all year. [They [provided] lots of great memories I'll never forget.

Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré
Three essential items you can't live without on a summer tour?
iPod, swim trunks, shorts.

What's your worst summer touring experience?
In a band I toured in before, we had no air conditioning and we were touring in a van we bought off a gardener. Sleeping in the van in Wal Mart parking lots was super rough, but it makes you appreciate the nicer things later.

What was your dumbest (or worst) sunburn ever?
Sound and Fury 09. It was overcast and you didn't realize you were getting burned until you were extra crispy.

How does your band beat the heat?
Any chance to swim we'll go for it. If we see a lake on the side of the road and we aren't running late to a show, we'll hop in. Things of that nature.

What's the best summer show you've ever seen? Why was it awesome?
I'm not even sure… there have been so many! That's entirely too hard of a question. I can say playing Toronto for the first time with Bane / Strike Anywhere last Summer was a really good time.