Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has spoken openly about the mental fatigue that can come with being on tour. In a recent interview, Yannis said bands should be grateful for being able to tour, but warned of the rigorous nature of being on the road.
In a recent interview with The Line Of Best Fit, he said that those on the road should be more grateful. Yannis said of touring “it’s a blessing to be onstage” adding that “I’ve read some of those articles, they pissed me off. It’s a blessing to be onstage. There’s so many people who would kill to be doing this.”
Yannis did make it clear that it does take a lot out of you “You need to understand that if you’re musician and you go out on tour, it takes its toll on you – quite right too,” the singer continued “I fucking love that we get to go and experience the oblivion of the road.”
Later he took to twitter to clarify that he wasn’t belittling any artists that suffer from mental health issues. The Foals frontman said “I have the upmost sympathy for sufferers of mental illness,” adding “I have experienced it first & second hand the quote has been misaligned a bit.”
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