Punk rock troubadour Frank Turner simply did one thing solely two artists earlier than him have ever completed. He performed 50 reveals in 50 days in 50 totally different cities throughout the USA – an endeavor that was little question excited and exhilarating all on the similar time.
The opposite two courageous acts to aim the journey have 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 stated 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 short time. Within the context of post-pandemic touring, it appeared like a cool technique to hit the bottom working and a re-statement of intent. I’m on my ninth document and my seventeenth 12 months of touring as a solo artist, and this isn’t a foul factor to have a hook to hold a tour off.”
Turner additionally described the beginning of the tour as brutal, revealing he received 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 have been genuinely fairly front-loaded, so I recovered from COVID, jumped on a aircraft, after which did one thing like 20 reveals in 12 days. That was brutal. It will 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 received a tattoo on his leg, a eternally reminder of an accomplishment that places him in rarefied air. Are you a Frank Turner fan? Are you shocked he was capable of full the gauntlet?