When I go on tour – especially one as rigorous as this Confidential tour – I get asked a lot, “How do you do it?” It’s such a strange question to me, because I’ve been doing this for so long that it doesn’t seem all that extraordinary. I guess the easy answer is that I just take it an hour at a time.
That said, here’s how a normal day on the road goes:
2:00 am – Our bus leaves the previous night’s venue – we’re usually asleep by then.
7:00 am – We arrive in the next city. This obviously varies from venue to venue, but it’s usually sometime around then.
7:30 am – Shai wakes up and we play or read for a bit. The first night on the road was pretty rough. We have a bunk that we’ve converted to a crib, and I think being in a strange place and being jostled a bit in his sleep from the driving scared him. But, really, every day since then he’s been fine and sleeping through the night.
8:00 am – I feed Shai his bottle.
9:30 am – Shai has breakfast and morning rotations. Right now, it’s Shai, Maks, my mum, our nanny and me on a bus, so it’s pretty tight quarters. So, we all have to shuffle through showering to eating breakfast to playing with Shai. If it’s nice out we go for walks, otherwise he likes to cruise around the venue in his little car. I can’t wait for warmer weather so we can see more of the cities we visit, but for now, we’ve had to settle for a lot of indoor activities.
11:30 am – We put Shai down for a nap and take some time to grab lunch.
1:00 pm – I put myself down for a nap.
2:00 pm – If there’s anything we need to tweak with the show – maybe something didn’t click with the audience or we want to play up a laugh – we have to workshop it. Otherwise, I’m usually doing something work-related. Meanwhile, Shai has his lunch.
3:30 pm – I start getting glammed up for meet-and-greets and our performance.
4:00 pm – I have to say goodbye to Shai for the night and leave him in the care of our amazing nanny, Katie.
5:30 pm – Meet-and-greets start. I really do love this part. My fans are so amazing and I just love that I get the opportunity to meet so many of them in person.
6:30 pm – We run through the show while Shai has his dinner.
7:00 pm – I touch up my hair and makeup and get into costume.
7:30 pm – It’s show time for me (and bath time for Shai)!
8:30 pm – Bed time for Shai (and still show time for me)!
9:00 pm – The show ends; since there’s a bit more space, we de-glam and shower down at the venue.
10:00 pm – We all pile back on the bus to do it all over again.
Did you catch Peta on tour? Do you have a question about tour life that you’d like her to answer? Leave a comment and it may be a future All Things Fam & Glam post!
For Confidential tickets and information, visit maksandvaltour.com.
March 19 – Hammons Hall, Springfield, MO
March 20 – Victory Theatre, Evansville, IN
March 21 – Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
March 22 – DPAC, Durham, NC
March 23 – Berglund Center, Roanoke, VA
March 24 – TPAC, Nashville, TN
March 25 – Cobb Energy Centre, Atlanta, GA
March 27 – Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
March 28 – Fillmore, Miami, FL
March 29 – Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL
March 30 – Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando, FL
March 31 – Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL
April 2 – Wilson Center, Wilmington, NC
April 3 – Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA
April 4 – American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PA
April 5 – American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PA
April 6 – Wang Center, Boston, MA
April 7 – Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY
April 8 – Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA
April 10 – Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA
April 11 – Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY
April 12 – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
April 13 – Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ
April 14 – Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
April 15 – MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD
April 17 – Morris PAC, South Bend, IN
April 18 – Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
April 19 – EJ Thomas, Akron, OH
April 20 – EKU Center, Richmond, KY
April 21 – Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
April 22 – Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
April 24 – Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN
April 25 – Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA
April 26 – Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX
April 27 – Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX
April 28 – Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX
April 29 – Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO
May 1 – Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO
May 2 – Bellco Theatre, Denver, CO
May 4 – Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
May 5 – Civic Theatre, San Diego, CA
May 6 – City National Civic, San Jose, CA
May 8 – Morrison Center, Boise, ID
May 9 – Eccles Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT
May 11 – Grand Sierra Casino, Reno, NV
May 12 – Fox Theatre, Riverside, CA
May 13 – Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
May 14 – Luther Burbank, Santa Rosa, CA
May 15 – Gallo Center, Modesto, CA
May 16 – Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV
Photo Credits: Mike Williams, Peta Murgatroyd