Peter Fox is one of the two owner/operators of Stone House Recording in Grand Rapids,MI, but he's built for the road. At least that's what he tells us each year before getting behind the wheel of the 26' Penske Truck that brings all the Michigan goodies down to SXSW. This past summer he got to fully test his road worthiness when he ran sound on three different cross-country concert tours. He was on the road for nearly four months, and we had more than a few questions for him when he finally returned home.
Middle West: So you recently got back from tour - remind the people where'd you go? Who were you touring with? How long were you gone?
Peter Fox: I toured first with In the Valley Below who you know from around here. Then I was out with Flagship who had but opening for In the Valley Below. Then I just did a few weeks with Grizfolk. Wait...what else did you ask?
MW: Where'd you go? How many cities?
PF: One sec, I actually have this on my phone from the tour manager. So there were 78 shows. We drove over 23,000 miles. And I took 5 flights. Don't know off the top of my head how many cities since we hit a number of them 2 or 3 times on the different tours.
MW: Woah that's nuts. I didn't realize it was that many.
PF: Yeah, dude, a lot of shows.
MW: Okay, what does a normal tour day look like? When does it start? When does it end?
PF: Normally we'd wake up in the city we'd just played and have lobby call around 11 or 12 depending on how much driving we had in front of us. Then we'd hit the road and drive probably an average of 4 hours or so. That gets us to the venue around 4 pm for load in.
MW: Do you get to check in to the hotel first?
PF: Not usually but sometimes. Then we'd spend a couple of hours sound checking with the band and the opener. That give us enough time to grab some food before doors opened at 8.
MW: What time would you finally get out of there?
PF: For the night. Probably around 1 or 2.
MW: That brings up my next very, very important question: describe the perfect "Tour Meal"?
PF: Some kind of ramen. We're always on the search for the great ramen spot. It was sort've my ramen tour of America.
MW: Favorite venue you guys played in?
PF: That's impossible. There were so many. You mean like best sound? Or coolest spot? Or most famous?
MW: Start with best sound.
MW: What was the coolest spot then?
PF: Rickshaw in San Francisco was really cool.
MW: What was your biggest fuck up on tour?
PF: After a show in Albany, I was driving and sort've zone out and drove us in the wrong direction for over an hour.
MW: Wait, where were you?
PF: Leaving Albany and driving north in New Hampshire. I looked up at some point and was just like, "I have no idea where we are."
MW: New Hampshire is all winding roads and changing street names. I can totally see that. What was the best hotel you stayed in?
PF: Not a hotel but we stayed in an Airbnb in the Smokey Mountains that was amazing. I'll send you a pic of that place. Also the Colonade in Boston at the end of tour was dope - #rooftoppool.
MW: I know the answer to this but what was your most glamour moment on tour?
PF: Dude, getting to mix in the most amazing venues all over the country - places that I'd only heard of or seen videos of like the National or LCD Soundsystem. And I got to run sound on their boards!
MW: I totally thought you were going to say Kate Bosworth.
PF: Well, yeah, and getting to hang with Kate Bosworth after our show in LA.
MW: Pretty damn glamorous. Last question, and again I kind of know the answer to this one, how long did you sleep once you got home?
PF: A week. At least a week to get back to any sense of normal reality.