#7 - Tour Stories: Doin' America 

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Peter finds Jesus in the back of a tour van, Dante drives it like the devil through New York City, and then Grey Cat steals the show. If you have stories from tour, share them in the comments!

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Giant Robot Babies by Nice Peter
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  • Josh

    Josh Texas

    How do I watch?

    How do I watch?

  • Heather

    Heather Florida

    I decided to cancel my flight to Boston (to attend a week-long dance camp) JUST to drive ALL the way up there to catch the NP concert in Virginia. Best decision EVAR. The concert was way better than I expected. People were friendly, the crowd was comfortably crushed toward the front, the Jack Pot Golden Boys were persistently bangin', and Pete and Dante were the best concert hosts. I loved how Pete interacted with the crowd; both optimistic and sarcastic, full of love, both gooey and tough; he can really work a crowd. YouTube fans can be really annoying (and loyal), and he surfed the crazy with aplomb, accepting people for whom they are and also good-naturedly ribbing us all in general and in specific (remember the reefer dude who shouted that he wanted to be Hitler??). The best part, though, was afterwards when I stood in a fairly long line to meet the Famouses. I got soooo excited to meet Pete for the second time (the first being at Vidcon 2013 for just a couple seconds). I'd recently watched the Monday Show where he confessed he had a girlfriend, so I didn't have to worry about swooning (my fiercely monogamous loyalty extends to extreme crushes, and can shut them down in a flash if I realize the object of my affection is taken). Yet, when it was my turn, and I awkwardly approached as he walked away to show a dude some merch, I embraced the awk. I danced over to him, and he danced back to me, and he grabbed me (from the follower's side of dance embrace), and I led him back toward the line in a silly pseudo-tango so my new line-friend could take a picture of us. I cherish that picture, no matter how blurry it is! Pete and I chatted about my job, the joy I shared with my middle school art students when Pete opened my decorated box and letter on the Monday Show, the sad state of education, and my love of dance. He is truly wonderful; full of joy and honesty. Dante was nowhere to be found so I just walked out of line when Pete had to move on. I saw a familiar face, and realized it was the drummer of the JPGB! His name was Jim, and was honestly one of the best conversationalists I have ever met. We talked about EVERYTHING, and I showed him my sketchbook, and gushed to him about Lindy Hop, and he was endlessly interesting and interested and responsive. I've really never met anyone like him. Through that conversation, I got to speak with a tipsy Dante, who remembered me from Vidcon and offered me some nachos, Alex the lead singer of the JPGB, and a few other people hanging out at the bar. Rather than being my typical fangirl-self amongst Famouses, I found myself being a friend. I also gave unsolicited advice, which is not my M.O. at all. I told Jim and his brother Alex (kind of the opposite of Jim) about how to wrap cords, and they actually asked me to show them what I meant by "a quarter turn to the cord". I wrapped cords with them for awhile, and my attention drifted to Alex, who seemed silly and fun during his amazingly energetic performance, but was quietly attentive and complimentary in person. Curse my weakness for big blue eyes and shameless compliments... But as for New York City, which I drove through probably around the same time as Dante and the van, I couldn't handle it, emotionally, especially in my super-small car. I mean, at first, it was fine. But then I stupidly stopped in Brooklyn to see the Botanical Gardens, and it was so hard to get out of there and onto the beautiful freeways. I was fine with the toll-ridden, crowded, dangerous freeways, oh yessss, but the left turns in the city....NOPE. I literally almost was crushed. No one there follows signals. Though I was able to make it back onto the freeway eventually at great physical danger to myself and my car, and had an amazing time at my dance camp, I do wish I could have seen more shows and gotten to hang out more with these awesome dudes!

    I decided to cancel my flight to Boston (to attend a week-long dance camp) JUST to drive ALL the way up there to catch the NP concert in Virginia. Best decision EVAR. The concert was way better than I expected. People were friendly, the crowd was comfortably crushed toward the front, the Jack Pot Golden Boys were persistently bangin', and Pete and Dante were the best concert hosts. I loved how Pete interacted with the crowd; both optimistic and sarcastic, full of love, both gooey and tough; he can really work a crowd. YouTube fans can be really annoying (and loyal), and he surfed the crazy with aplomb, accepting people for whom they are and also good-naturedly ribbing us all in general and in specific (remember the reefer dude who shouted that he wanted to be Hitler??). The best part, though, was afterwards when I stood in a fairly long line to meet the Famouses.

    I got soooo excited to meet Pete for the second time (the first being at Vidcon 2013 for just a couple seconds). I'd recently watched the Monday Show where he confessed he had a girlfriend, so I didn't have to worry about swooning (my fiercely monogamous loyalty extends to extreme crushes, and can shut them down in a flash if I realize the object of my affection is taken). Yet, when it was my turn, and I awkwardly approached as he walked away to show a dude some merch, I embraced the awk. I danced over to him, and he danced back to me, and he grabbed me (from the follower's side of dance embrace), and I led him back toward the line in a silly pseudo-tango so my new line-friend could take a picture of us. I cherish that picture, no matter how blurry it is! Pete and I chatted about my job, the joy I shared with my middle school art students when Pete opened my decorated box and letter on the Monday Show, the sad state of education, and my love of dance. He is truly wonderful; full of joy and honesty.

    Dante was nowhere to be found so I just walked out of line when Pete had to move on. I saw a familiar face, and realized it was the drummer of the JPGB! His name was Jim, and was honestly one of the best conversationalists I have ever met. We talked about EVERYTHING, and I showed him my sketchbook, and gushed to him about Lindy Hop, and he was endlessly interesting and interested and responsive. I've really never met anyone like him. Through that conversation, I got to speak with a tipsy Dante, who remembered me from Vidcon and offered me some nachos, Alex the lead singer of the JPGB, and a few other people hanging out at the bar. Rather than being my typical fangirl-self amongst Famouses, I found myself being a friend.

    I also gave unsolicited advice, which is not my M.O. at all. I told Jim and his brother Alex (kind of the opposite of Jim) about how to wrap cords, and they actually asked me to show them what I meant by "a quarter turn to the cord". I wrapped cords with them for awhile, and my attention drifted to Alex, who seemed silly and fun during his amazingly energetic performance, but was quietly attentive and complimentary in person. Curse my weakness for big blue eyes and shameless compliments...

    But as for New York City, which I drove through probably around the same time as Dante and the van, I couldn't handle it, emotionally, especially in my super-small car. I mean, at first, it was fine. But then I stupidly stopped in Brooklyn to see the Botanical Gardens, and it was so hard to get out of there and onto the beautiful freeways. I was fine with the toll-ridden, crowded, dangerous freeways, oh yessss, but the left turns in the city....NOPE. I literally almost was crushed. No one there follows signals. Though I was able to make it back onto the freeway eventually at great physical danger to myself and my car, and had an amazing time at my dance camp, I do wish I could have seen more shows and gotten to hang out more with these awesome dudes!

  • bas

    bas cph

    You guys keep mentioning a camera, but where do we watch the video of this? It's really frustrating!

    You guys keep mentioning a camera, but where do we watch the video of this? It's really frustrating!

  • Al Future

    Al Future

    Hey guys! Greetings from Tasmania. 'Twas as great hearing about touring across the US. I'm looking forward to the Europe stories!

    Hey guys! Greetings from Tasmania.
    'Twas as great hearing about touring across the US. I'm looking forward to the Europe stories!

  • Bon Jambon

    Bon Jambon Preston

    The same thing happened to me when I moved into a house that had cats. Even though Im allergic, they really taught me to love. Great podcast. Keep 'em coming! Good to hear tour stories :)

    The same thing happened to me when I moved into a house that had cats. Even though Im allergic, they really taught me to love. Great podcast. Keep 'em coming! Good to hear tour stories smile

  • Silke

    Silke UK

    Great podcast guys :) these always make my day. But where can I watch the video?

    Great podcast guys smile these always make my day. But where can I watch the video?

  • Max

    Max

    Loving it!

    Loving it!

  • Vann Harbin

    Vann Harbin Atlanta

    Seriously love the podcast, thank you so much for sharing it with the world! It's slowly become my favorite, even past Ear Biscuits and This American Life. I would really enjoy seeing the videos of the podcast that you've mentioned. Do you happen to have a link to see those by chance? Much love, keep spreading joy, wisdom, and knowledge my friends. Peace be with you in your creative process and life as well.

    Seriously love the podcast, thank you so much for sharing it with the world! It's slowly become my favorite, even past Ear Biscuits and This American Life. I would really enjoy seeing the videos of the podcast that you've mentioned. Do you happen to have a link to see those by chance? Much love, keep spreading joy, wisdom, and knowledge my friends. Peace be with you in your creative process and life as well.

  • Sofia

    Sofia Aarhus

    Cool to hear about your tour stories :) Glad to know you take suggestions from the comments! My personal story sounds much less exciting than it actually was. My sister and I went to Copenhagen to see you guys and to visit some friends. We were staying at a friend who lived really close to the place you were playing. We went over there two and a half hours before the show started, because we wanted to be in the front. Fortunately it paid off and we stood upfront the entire time! It was so much fun, we really had a blast. I think the best part of the evening was when I got to go upstage to rap against you Peter :D Mozart vs. Skrillex I love that one. Anyway I hope to hear more stories, maybe some from Europe? And I'm eagerly waiting the announcement of your next tour!

    Cool to hear about your tour stories smile Glad to know you take suggestions from the comments!
    My personal story sounds much less exciting than it actually was.
    My sister and I went to Copenhagen to see you guys and to visit some friends. We were staying at a friend who lived really close to the place you were playing. We went over there two and a half hours before the show started, because we wanted to be in the front. Fortunately it paid off and we stood upfront the entire time! It was so much fun, we really had a blast. I think the best part of the evening was when I got to go upstage to rap against you Peter biggrin Mozart vs. Skrillex I love that one.
    Anyway I hope to hear more stories, maybe some from Europe? And I'm eagerly waiting the announcement of your next tour!

  • Erica

    Erica Macon, GA

    Pete & Dante, Loving the Podcast. I listen to it during my work day & you guys make it better! About tour stories...I went to your show in Atlanta last summer (great show by the way) & during the show while doing Rap Battles with the audience the little voice in my head came out as loud as it could be & asked you (Peter) if you wanted to wear my ERB t-shirt. I had noticed earlier that nobody else in the audience was wearing one (I did feel a bit special), but it made my night when you wore my shirt on stage. Yes, I did wash it. I love that shirt & wear it all the time. I just recently got my autographed ERB season 3 CD in the mail & I love it! Hope you guys come back to Georgia or some place close by so I can see you guys again! Good luck in your future endeavors! Keep making killer music & videos!! Much love here in the GA!! I hope you guys come back to Georgia or somewhere close on your next tour so I can see you guys again!!

    Pete & Dante,
    Loving the Podcast. I listen to it during my work day & you guys make it better!
    About tour stories...I went to your show in Atlanta last summer (great show by the way) & during the show while doing Rap Battles with the audience the little voice in my head came out as loud as it could be & asked you (Peter) if you wanted to wear my ERB t-shirt. I had noticed earlier that nobody else in the audience was wearing one (I did feel a bit special), but it made my night when you wore my shirt on stage. Yes, I did wash it. I love that shirt & wear it all the time. I just recently got my autographed ERB season 3 CD in the mail & I love it!
    Hope you guys come back to Georgia or some place close by so I can see you guys again!
    Good luck in your future endeavors! Keep making killer music & videos!!
    Much love here in the GA!!
    I hope you guys come back to Georgia or somewhere close on your next tour so I can see you guys again!!

  • jasmin

    jasmin london

    wheres the podcast about the rest of the tour? really enjoyed these stories! made me so happy!

    wheres the podcast about the rest of the tour? really enjoyed these stories! made me so happy!

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