"What It’s Like Working Behind The Scenes As A Roadie"

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  1. omahaaudio

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    I want to be a roadie.

    Seriously.
     
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    not like that in my day - i could have retired by now - oh i have
     
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    I've seen the stage from many angles.... lead player (most frequently), sound tech, monitor tech and for 3 years road manager. I have never been a "roadie", but I certainly have done the job over the years.

    It's a great business but it's not for everyone. Living on a tour bus, away from family for months at a time, strict/tight deadlines, almost "zero" margin of error, absolutely "thank less" job for the majority of the time.... but show time makes up for everything! Rinse and repeat.... day in, and day out!

    $5K a week? I think that's a bit misleading! That would have to be a pretty big (big meaning well known) touring act - and you would be more than a mere roadie. I think $5k - $10k per month is more realistic for most shows... and that only applies when the group is working. If they work 3 months, you get paid for 3 months - then there is nothing until they are back on the road again. Salary is not very common.
     
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    it is a ton of fun..I had a blast I wish I was 20 again I'ld be in there huge , I got to meet some really fine musicians , and people , but believe me when I tell you it is hard work and you have to be fast and precise in what you do , would I do it again , abso....fricken ....lutely!

    there is a back up for every thing in these shows , from lights to mixers

    I got to work with Sammy Bones when I did the Toby Keith Show , he was the guitar tech for Cinderella , so I got to see first hand ALL thast was involved with this gig , I also got to meet Billy Gibons guitar tech Elwood Francis and set up with him as well, Close and personal with Billy G's guitars
     
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    I work with a guy that toured with Waylon Jennings and John Denver. The stories are unbelievable. Stories like getting paid in Jack Daniels and Budweiser.

    If I were thirty years younger.....
     
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    That's great, as long as you can find a landlord willing to rent you a place for Jack Daniels and Budweiser.
     
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    Just did the math, 2333 bottles of Jack would pay off my outstanding mortgage. I would imagine my lender would prefer cash though.
     
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    I don't know. Having to pour someone s beer in a plastic cup ? That's something the musician can probably do himself.
     
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    dont propose it untill he's drunk! then take advantage of the situation! LOL
     
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    I was a stage manager for a regional symphony, the stories I could tell..
     
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    True story - Two roadies in a hotel bar 1 am on a monday night early 80's night trying to impress a girl

    Roadie " yeah we loaded out two trucks there in 54 minutes and beat Rush's record at Southampton and we had six flying points"
    Girl " took us 8 hours to do ours mind you we did have 54 flying points and 27 trucks" "English National Opera"

    Then she outdrank the pair of them
     
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