The Absurd Logistics of Concert Tours: The Behind-the-Scenes Preparation You Don’t Get to See

If you’re lucky, you get to spend three hours at a con­cert, com­muning with your favorite band. That’s just a frac­tion of the time it takes to pre­pare the logis­tics for the show–to sign the orig­i­nal agree­ments with the venue, rent suit­able hotels, hire crews, fill trucks with equip­ment and haul it from venue to venue, hang speak­ers and erect the stage, the list goes on.

The absurd logis­tics of con­cert tours gets cov­ered in the Wen­dover Pro­duc­tions video above. It takes you through all the behind-the-scenes logis­tics you nev­er get to see. Mean­while, the video below lets you see, in time­lapse motion, a crew prepar­ing a Ramm­stein show at a large Ger­man sta­di­um, com­press­ing sev­en days of bee­hive activ­i­ty into 2 min­utes. It’s a sight to behold…

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