Hey there, PC with 5+ years of road experience looking for a little advice. I've been with the same band for my entire road career - and they've been great. But the calendar going forward is empty for over 2 months for the first time in a long time. I'm looking to get maybe on a short tour or fill my calendar up with production related work that won't replace or compete with my band once they get back into their spring/summer swing. Suggestions from other PA's or PC's on what they do in the off months would be much appreciated! Thanks! Continue
I started in the Entertainment industry when I was just 13 years old working at a Summer Stock theatre in N.W. Illinois. Since then I have had the opportunity to work with some great people who didn't see me as this "annoying kid" but as a peer who worked side by side with them as a professional. The basics of the industry to me where as natural as breathing, for I had been raised in a blue collar construction based family. But it was the fine tuned details that I had to learn. (Lingo, equipment, ect..) Most people I had come across were willing to teach me everything they knew about the industry, but then I moved from theatre to arena rigging and outdoor concerts. This is when I ran into people who were safe guarding "Trade Secrets". Why? If you are worried that someone is going to take your job if you teach them how to be efficient and SAFE at the job, then you are complacent and no longer willing to work and learn new things to keep your job...... When I walk into a venue, I expect to learn something new every day. It could be about my job, another departments job, or even about myself or others, but I learn something new every time. I have no problem teaching others what I now know, I had to learn everything the hard way. I'm not making it "Easy" and just giving the information to a person, they have to learn it but I give them the opportunity to do so. Maybe I'm wrong, but I feel the more people know there job, the safer I can feel that I'm not going to DIE due to someone's incompetence. What does everyone else feel on this......am I off base? Please discuss......Continue
Anyone who's spent more than a few days living on a tour bus has experienced the annoyances associated with living in tight quarters.Here's the question, what are your biggest pet peeves? Slamming doors, loud music, bus-call infractions, leaving a mess, dirty socks in the front lounge...What are the things that really get under your skin?Do you have the ultimate "unruly bus-mate" story?Please leave your comments below!Continue
Hi, my name is kevin and its the same story everyone else has. I want be on the road. See the world. Not go to the same place doing the same thing every single day. I have played guitar sonce i was little so i have knowledge with tuning, pedals, bad cables, handling equipment, diagnosing technical issues. So if anyo e needs a stage hand or quitar tech please let me know.
Started by Kevin Tompkins in General Discussion Forum May 9.
Hey guys...anyone know of a good resource for calculating mileage between cities, more or less estimating the routes that a bus would take? I know mapquest is one...any others?
I have been wanting to get a job with a road crew for a long time now. I have thought on and off about it for years (my hometown doesn't really offer any opportunities for such work) and now I am determined.I have some knowledge of equipment as far as tuning a guitar or hooking up cables ect, but I am not an expert. I consider myself to be pretty handy when it comes to fixing things that need attention and I am a very fast learner. I have plenty of sales experience and plenty of experience driving a van and pulling a trailer. Currently I work at a Playhouse and I try to learn as much about what the ins and outs are backstage as possible. I know there are similarities but it isn't exactly the same, the biggest and most obvious difference being we don't travel. Any tips on what I can do?Continue
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 determined to find something I could excel at. By chance, I was offered a job at NEMS Enterprises in the Black Sabbath office. It was 1974 and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" had just been released. The guy conducting the interviews was an extremely camp executive accountant and, in those days, I was slim and attractive with long blond hair. He offered me the job on the spot. (Don't get me wrong...he never made any kind of advances toward me). I spent the next few years working for various record companies, but could never really get on with "record company people". (You KNOW what I mean, right?)In 1978 I was owed a favour, so Wayne County and the Electric Chairs took me on their UK tour. I'd found where I wanted to be.My big touring break didn't come until 1982 with Yazoo. For the next 30 years, I never looked back. I toured worldwide with a variety of bands and found a very satisfying way of pissing all those haters off. Whenever I was in New York or Los Angeles or Sydney or Tokyo, they would get a…Continue
I am looking to get into a career as a roadie, but I don't really have any experience. I would love to get on somewhere as a stagehand or general crew member. Anyone have any good suggestions or advice?Continue