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"Weird Al" Yankovic promises "Mandatory Fun" this summer

"Weird Al" Yankovic will spend much of 2015 on the international tour trail, performing in support of his most recent studio album, "Mandatory Fun."



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NKOTB plot summer excursion with support from TLC, Nelly

New Kids on the Block has unleashed a summer schedule that spans the U.S. and will feature opening support from TLC and Nelly.



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Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5 top Bonnaroo bill

Iconic piano man Billy Joel will helm the 13th annual Bonnaroo, along with alt-rockers Mumford & Sons and EDM mainstay Deadmau5.



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Dave Matthews Band confirm lengthy summer stint

Dave Matthews Band will spend the majority of the summer on the North American tour trail, performing two sets each night in more than three dozen major markets.



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Linkin Park frontman injured, remaining tour cancelled

Less than a week into "The Hunting Party Tour," Linkin Park has cancelled the remaining 16 shows due to injury.



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Nina Simone Documentary A Powerful Portrait Of The Artist

Through archival footage and interviews with her family, closest confidants and collaborators, Nina Simone comes to life again – still enigmatic but more easily understood – in the new documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” which premiered Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

Jazz Greats Hancock, Corea Announce 1st Rour In 37 Years

Jazz greats Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock share much in common, but the last time they toured together was 37 years ago when Jimmy Carter was in the White House and Sony had just introduced the Walkman.

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Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson, and Susanna Hoffs during the 2015 She Rocks Awards at the Anaheim Hilton in Anaheim, Calif.

Restored Brooklyn Theater To Reopen With Diana Ross Concert

Brooklyn has a new majestic performing arts theater that will kick off with a Diana Ross concert. The 1929 Loew’s Kings Theatre has been renamed Kings Theatre and is reopening after a $95 million restoration.

Items From Storied Caribou Ranch Recording Studio For Sale

The auctioneer says it’s hard to quantify nostalgia, so she’s not predicting how much will be raised in a sale of everything from pianos to Western-themed decor from a recording studio that put the Rocky Mountains on the rock ‘n’ roll stage.

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Time For Your Worst-Ever Poop Stories

Time For Your Worst-Ever Poop Stories

Oh God, the Super Bowl bye week. I feel as if all the blood has been drained from my body. No playoff games. No picked up flags. No de-juiced balls. No endless replays. I barely know what to do with myself, apart from avoiding the Pro Bowl.

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The Greatest Mötley Crüe Songs Of All Time (And The Worst)

The Greatest Mötley Crüe Songs Of All Time (And The Worst)

Wanna be a roadie? Guess what? BEING A ROADIE SUCKS. I spent a couple days on tour with Mötley Crüe for this big GQ article that dropped today, and I have a newfound appreciation for the rigors of going on tour and setting up an entire goddamn stage in a new city in a differently shaped arena night after night after night. For back-to-back shows in different towns, the average roadie has to get up at 5 a.m. to start unloading shit out of the buses, then they gotta spend all day assembling the stage, and then they have to wait until the show is over at midnight to break it all down, load it back into the buses, and then sleep in the back of a bus (one of the crew members showed me the beds in the back of one; the bus had 10 little tiny bunks) for maybe four hours before you have to get up and do it all over again. Not much time for sex and drugs in that workday. Guitarist Mick Mars told me that the Rolling Stones tour with TWO stages, so that one can be built in the next city in anticipation of their arrival. This is costly, as you might have guessed.

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The Ballghazi Takes Are Here, And They Are Fucking Insane

The Ballghazi Takes Are Here, And They Are Fucking Insane

You knew they were coming, America. The second the Patriots got busted for doctoring footballs, you knew the TAKENAMI would rush in. And VERILY IT HAS COME TO PASS. Oh, people. Oh, this is my Christmas. These takes are so pure in their stridency, so firm in their conviction that ROGER GOODELL MUST ACT… I feel like someone just handed me a bag of pharmaceutical cocaine. This is the uncut shit… straight from the take factory. All these guys saw a hot take sitting right in the middle of a bear trap and wandered directly into it. My nipples are rock hard just looking at all the open browser tabs. Where do we even start? Has Mitch Albom written to his children about this yet? OOOOH, let's go with Bob Kravitz, who wastes no time in calling for Bill Belichick to be fired…

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Discussion

Using shadow/darkness in lighting design

I like to use shadow/darkness in my light design if allowed or possible. So i was wondering how others use darkness as a part of light design. I don't believe it should always be without shadows(except when doing camera lighting or similar). With this said i am curious how much you guys use shadow/darkness on stage. Is it depending on genre and style of music or on artists request or something totally different?Continue

Started by Saso Arizanovic in General Discussion Forum on Wednesday.

Why Are You On The Road? 6 Replies

Out of curiosity, what prompted you to carve out a career on the road? Was it the irrisistable prospects of easy money and fast, easy women?  Or was it the promise of all the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll you'd heard so much about? Maybe you was lured in by the "glamorous lifestyle".  Or are you one of the proverbial "failed rock stars"?Personally, my main aim was to piss off the detractors and haters that I grew up with. The people who disliked my refusal to take life as seriously as they did, so ultimately disliked me. I lost count of the times I was told, "Give it up, loser. You ain't ever gonna get anywhere. Get a PROPER job..!"I come from what's known as a "New Town", just outside of London. Back then, kids left school at 16, got a job in a factory or on a building site and bought a second hand Ford Capri. This was closely followed by marriage, a mortgage,  2 point 4 children and the Capri being traded in for a family saloon.  Even though I have no musical ability, I was…Continue

Started by Andy Matthews in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by Michael Tawater on Tuesday.

What is better; qualifications or experience? 4 Replies

Hello there,I've been wanting to get into a career in music as a sound tech and FOH, but I was wondering which path is better to take? Education/qualifications or experience?Thanks,CallumContinue

Tags: beginning, Experience

Started by callum leech in Advice For Aspiring Roadies. Last reply by Mauricio Espinoza Jan 17.

Theatre vs. concerts/live events vs. corporate 4 Replies

Hey, so I'm currently in school getting connections and working away trying to learn all the practical skills I need. But when I graduate next year I know there are several paths to walk. I wonder what the thoughts are in the professional world about these three paths for someone who enjoys being a stage hand but is very driven by lighting. I know there are several varying differences in each field. So I suppose in short I wonder about balance between and how to do that or what may be the best way to go about it, or if I should try and thrive in one passion as apposed to spreading too thin. Thoughts?

Started by Jeff Elrick in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by Terry Smith Jan 17.

How to 3 Replies

I have interned in television and have helped with special concerts but I would love to start try working as a PA for a tour. Only problem is I have no idea how to go about getting there?Anyone have any advice for me?Continue

Started by Alexes Shaw in Advice For Aspiring Roadies. Last reply by Dillon Mann Jan 13.

Jeff Kaplan- Memorial Fund 1 Reply

A fund for Jeff's young daughter, Vivien, in memory of her father.Article courtesy of ProSound Network  By Clive Young   01.08.2015 Tour engineer Jeff Kaplan, seen here with daughter Vivien, died Wednesday when he was hit by an SUV. Photo: Facebook.Annapolis, MD (January 8, 2015)—Tour engineer/production manager Jeff Kaplan was killed Wednesday morning when he was hit by an SUV following his own car accident on Route 50 in Annapolis, MD. According to reports, Kaplan, 43, lost control of his 2013 Subaru around 2 a.m., crashing into the highway median. When Kaplan go out of his car, he was standing in a lane and was hit by Aaron Nedd, 30, who was driving home from work. Kaplan was pronounced dead at the scene.…Continue

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Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by Roadiejobs Jan 8.

2014 a Record Year for Touring Industry!

Was 2014 a Record Year for You?  Billboard.com reports 2014 was a record year for the North American Touring Industry.  Billboard estimates that the global touring industry is approaching $20 billion annually -- its highest level ever.  Industry stakeholders remain bullish on the state of the touring business, saying it's the most robust sector of the music industry today.  This sounds like good news for roadies and anyone else who works in the Touring Industry but we will let you decide.  Looking forward to hearing your replies!  Here are some final results from Billboards Boxscore Charts for 2014:Top 25 Tours of 2014…Continue

Tags: Boxscore Charts, Top Tours, Billboard, 2014

Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum Dec 17, 2014.

What were your highlights of 2014? 5 Replies

  It's that time of year again and 2014 is coming to a close.    Roadiejobs wants to know…...  What were your highlights of the year?  Please reply to this discussion and let us know.  You can also upload photos/videos to your reply.  Looking forward to hearing your best event production stories from 2014….-RJContinue

Tags: Highlights, 2014

Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by Vanessa Ocoró Dec 28, 2014.

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Roadiejobs commented on Roadiejobs's group FOH
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Roadiejobs posted a video

ROADIE : The Documentary Trailer

For road crews on tour across America, life is a mixture of guts and stardust. A place where glamour head-butts with working class grit. Where hi-tech meets low life. Where temptation and excess are forever in battle with loyalty and…
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Saso Arizanovic posted a discussion

Using shadow/darkness in lighting design

I like to use shadow/darkness in my light design if allowed or possible. So i was wondering how others use darkness as a part of light design. I don't believe it should always be without shadows(except when doing camera lighting or similar). With…See More
Wednesday
Michael Tawater replied to Andy Matthews's discussion Why Are You On The Road?
"Mine started by luck. I went to college for custom cars, and wound up getting a job at a top staging manufacturer. I really enjoyed the ability to manufacture and build the stages the artists performed on and seeing it with all the lights…"
Tuesday
Roadiejobs commented on Roadiejobs's group Tour Managers
"Retail Touring Assistant Manager Needed @ Disney Theatrical Group "
Tuesday
Mauricio Espinoza replied to callum leech's discussion What is better; qualifications or experience?
"Thanks for share your knowledge and experience. Greetings!!"
Jan 17
Andy Matthews replied to Andy Matthews's discussion Why Are You On The Road?
"You mean that being on the road never led to any jail time? I've seen the inside of a few police cells in different countries .... NOT, I might add, for anything particularly bad. More a case of "frightening the locals" in small,…"
Jan 17
Terry Smith replied to Jeff Elrick's discussion Theatre vs. concerts/live events vs. corporate
"I'm a freelance LD/Production Electrician, as well as an IATSE stagehand with a house job as a head electrician. I can say after 20 years in the business that all of the work informs the other work. You gain experiences in all of the forms that…"
Jan 17
Brian "Wookie" Wolk replied to Andy Matthews's discussion Why Are You On The Road?
"That's too funny because with all the little kids out there working as local hands when they ask what starry eyes how I got into this business I always said it was my parole officer"
Jan 17
Wim Booltink replied to Andy Matthews's discussion Why Are You On The Road?
"As a kid i was already connected with live music , my dad Owens a bar and our living space was above the bar , my dad new a lot of local musicians amateurs and professionals, so I always was near live music a couple of times a week, I also knew…"
Jan 17
Smitty Howell replied to Andy Matthews's discussion Why Are You On The Road?
"I just want to mix, ok. With that in mind, it lead to everything. I mean my whole story. Backline tech, world touring, rock stars, private jets, great stories, and currently union work. The whole story would take too long, but it all started with…"
Jan 17
Andrew Blanchfield replied to Jeff Elrick's discussion Theatre vs. concerts/live events vs. corporate
"Take whatever comes your way would be my advice.  Do what makes you happy but also don't pass up opportunity just because its not exactly what you want.  I started working for friends bands for free at 16, school productions, local…"
Jan 17
Andy Matthews posted a discussion

Why Are You On The Road?

Out of curiosity, what prompted you to carve out a career on the road? Was it the irrisistable prospects of easy money and fast, easy women?  Or was it the promise of all the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll you'd heard so much about? Maybe you was…See More
Jan 17
Brian "Wookie" Wolk replied to George Hart's discussion Favorite Audio Jokes
"How do you tell the difference between a two-fer and s "Y" cable? Two females to one male: Two-fer me! Two males to one female: Why?"
Jan 17
Roadiejobs left a comment for Robert L. Burn
"Great Photos Robert, thanks for sharing! RJ"
Jan 14
Roadiejobs commented on Ray Sutter's group "Drivers" The Unsung Heroes
" CDL A Drivers Needed Champion Logistics Group http://roadiejobs.simply-partner.com/job-post/51312.33474"
Jan 14
Roadiejobs replied to callum leech's discussion What is better; qualifications or experience?
"Experience is a cruel teacher she gives you the test first and the lesson afterwards. Great Quote! -RJ"
Jan 13
Alyssa Morisato posted a discussion

Maimed or Death

In my rigging class we frequently go over rigging systems gone wrong, especially regarding injuries, maiming, and death. Given things went horribly wrong (e.g. The Barnum & Bailey acrobat chandelier accident) would you rather crawl away maimed…See More
Jan 13
Gary J Brunclik replied to callum leech's discussion What is better; qualifications or experience?
"In my early days there were no schools. There were no educational institutions like Full Sail, or Academy of Recording Sciences, or the Madison Media Institute. It was trial and error. So with that being said the mantra was Experience is a cruel…"
Jan 13

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