Billy Reed, a tour manager, has written some great articles, detailing his approach to tour pre-production, advancing and other tour related activities, on his blog here.
You will find this advice really useful, especially if you can’t afford a tour manager yet, and are doing all the pre-production for your shows yourself.
He also relates his amazement at opening up for the Rolling Stones.
Goes to show how touring never ceases to make you feel both proud and humble at the same time.
Read his articles here.