Billie Eilish • Finneas
For Brian Marquis, tour managing came about organically. “I grew up playing in bands and quickly realized somebody needed to take the wheel when it came to booking, putting on shows, travel, selling merch, and making sure we got paid at the end of the night,” he says. “I started touring in high school in the mid-late ’90s around New England and the East Coast with punk and hardcore bands. My first proper tour was in 1999 with my band Charlie 5-0.”
That said, tour managing the supernova that is Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep World Tour” as it’s gone from “300-cap clubs” to “20,000-person arenas and headlining festivals” in two years is a whole other level.
Marquis’ favorite road story involved Eilish’s 2018 Lollapalooza play, a blocked street to their hotel and Billie’s sprained ankle. “I told Billie to get on my back and keep your head down and walked straight into the crowd like a scene out of The Walking Dead,” Marquis recalls. “I ran a city block to our hotel with kids chasing after us right into the hotel lobby which was filled with kids from the concert…[when] I got her to her room she said ‘that was fun!’”