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Oct042016

Upgraded Tour Setup Keeps X Ambassadors from Feeling "Unsteady" on the Road

Natalia MantiniX Ambassadors' breakthrough success came last year with "Renegades," and now they're riding the wave of the follow-up, "Unsteady."  Having two hit singles and the success that goes along with that, means the band's touring setup has vastly improved from when they first started back in 2009.  And that helps keeps one member from feeling "Unsteady" -- quite literally.

"We spent four or five years just driving around in a van with no support of a crew or a record label, just kinda doing it on our own," drummer Adam Levin tells ABC Radio. "And as we've had a little bit of success, it's allowed us to step up to getting a tour bus, and to having more people around us to help us set up and to make the production a bigger production."

"It's really just become more comfortable for us, and also a better experience for the fans and for the show as a whole," he adds.

But for keyboardist Casey Harris, that tour bus means a lot more than just more room.  He was born blind, so being able to return to the same bus every night makes things a lot easier for him as the band travels all over North America.

"Really the roughest part is just every single day, another venue, another hotel room, another space to get familiar with, you know?" Casey says of what it's like to tour when you're visually impaired.  "But I got a great group of people with me, so it's never really an issue. But I have to admit, I'm stoked to have a home base that I can rely on to stay the same every day!" 

X Ambassadors are getting close to wrapping up their touring for 2016: they have a show later this month with Fitz and the Tantrums at L.A.'s Greek Theater and then a run of dates in Canada which wrap up November 27 in Ontario.

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