It all started … Well, it all started years ago, really. But the idea for this blog started with this tweet, when I did the math and realized that I had driven over 5000 miles to see live music in 2016:
Final 2016 tally: drove 5180 miles for 21 shows. I don’t regret a single mile.
— Anne Haines (@annehaines) December 28, 2016
Which led to being contacted by a writer for the “Inside IU” newsletter, who thought it was interesting that I’d traveled that much for concerts, and asked if I’d be willing to be interviewed for a profile. (Slow news day, much?) When that was published, friends and colleagues told me they enjoyed reading it. I already had a (much-neglected) blog that included occasional concert reviews, but a couple of people suggested that I should write a more travelogue-type blog, talking about where I eat and stay and maybe travel tips for others who for some inexplicable reason aren’t in the habit of hopping in the car and driving a few hundred miles for a rock show.
So, why not. We’ll see how this goes. I’ll use this blog to write about the travel itself as well as about the actual shows. I’ll write a bit about the food I find along the way – though, fair warning, I am not really a foodie and I’m usually very happy with a plate of fish & chips and a local beer before a show, or whatever I can find near the venue. I’ll write about the travel, when I go out of town – the road, the hotels, whatever – and I’ll write about the venues, hopefully offering tips that may be useful to other concert-goers. And of course I’ll write about the music, though I make no pretense to being a critic.
It’s early in the year as I write this, and I don’t know if I’ll hit 5000 miles like I did in 2016 – but I’ve got some shows lined up, and I look forward to sharing the fun.
The highway is alive tonight…