Ever wonder what life is really like for your favorite artists when they’re on tour? For the past year, Billboard’s On the Road series has invited you backstage to hang with the world’s biggest stars as they bring their music to fans across the globe. Our exclusive behind-the-scenes videos take you on tour buses to see the band’s travel essentials, introduces you to the crew members who keep the show on the road and presents intimate live performances with some of the scene’s most celebrated road warriors.
Check out the artists who have taken us On the Road with them so far, and stay tuned for more exclusive videos, coming soon.
Grouplove: The infectious alt-rock quintet never fails to put on an amazing show. That held true on Sept. 16, when the group took the stage at New York City's Rumsey Playfield in Central Park to play the final gig of their long-running trek. Our cameras were there to document the on and offstage craziness.
Passenger: British singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg invites our cameras backstage to capture his sold-out concert, a tour-bus performance and pre-show shenanigans -- including an impromptu ice-bucket challenge -- at Columbus, Ohio’s Newport Music Hall on Aug. 19.
Austin Mahone: Meet the teen heartthrob, his adorable mother, his tireless road crew and the legions of Mahomies who turned up to see Austin’s July 30 show at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Panic! At the Disco: What's it like to be a member of Panic! At The Disco on their 2014 headlining tour? There's plenty of glamour and attention, a little day-to-day drudgery, and sometimes, a ping-pong match with a lucky fan, as we discovered when we caught up with Brendan Urie and crew at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on Feb. 8
Thirty Seconds to Mars: Jared Leto may be an Oscar-wining actor, but music is where his heart is. Our cameras were invited backstage at London's O2 Arena to chronicle his band's Nov. 23, 2013 gig before a crowd of thousands. Billboard's crew also got a rare glimpse into the life of the men and women behind the scenes who made the Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams tour happen.
Ellie Goulding: Ask alt-pop princess Ellie Goulding about what it's like to be on the road and she'll tell you, "It's a very strange life, so it's really important that I've got my friends with me and I've got a really good band." She let our cameras behind the scenes in Pittsburgh to get a window into her close-knit road crew in action.
Sara Bareilles: Last spring, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles left her band behind and embarked on a solo tour of the U.S. But she certainly didn’t hit the road alone. Follow along as we trek to Philadelphia to see how her show at the intimate Union Transfer came together.