WATCH: The Rubens Took Us On Tour & Showed Us Life On The Road
If someone offered you a weekend away in Noosa, Byron and Gold Coast, and the chance to befriend the hottest rock band in Australia - what would your answer be?
My name is Sam Taunton. I’m a Melbourne based comedian who regularly lingers in the MTV offices (turns out if you bribe the front desk for the access code and get really good at ping pong, people forget you’re not supposed to be there).
Like all comedians, my dream is to be a musician. Due to a combination of my match-winning backhand and middle management’s attempts to get me off the premises, MTV asked if I wanted to join the Rubens for the Queensland leg of their Corona Sunsets tour and I jumped at the offer.
Now, most people would have taken this opportunity as a chance to learn how one of Australia’s most popular live bands operate, how they tour, what makes them tick etc. Not me. This was my chance to live my dream and become a musician and I wasn’t going to let it slide. I was going to join The Rubens.
Unfortunately, after our first meeting I could tell the boys didn’t like me. I stupidly explained that I could play 'Wonderwall' AND 'Under The Bridge' on acoustic guitar* and immediately could tell they were worried I was going to steal their Hottest 100 buzz.
To combat this, I formulated a three-step plan to win them over.
1. Take them on activities in Noosa;
2. Show them how cool I was in Byron and Brunswick Heads by selling merch;
3. Solidify my place in the band by creating a long lasting memory on the Gold Coast.
PICS: The Rubens Took Us On Tour & Showed Us Life On The Road
We started in Noosa, where 3000 backpackers and surfer punks turned up to the Surf Club to see the show and by the time we got to the Gold Coast I’d promised to stop saying “that is so US!!” after every conversation.
I had done it. I was one of the boys. I was accepted to the inner circle.
Sure, now they won’t reply to my texts or emails and have unfollowed me off every social media platform, but for three beautiful days I was their best friend and bandmate. I was a Ruben.
*Not a joke. DM me for acoustic guitar covers.
Watch Sam's entire Corona Sunsets tour adventure with The Rubens above!
- Sam Taunton