Stories of the back gate


Stories of the back gate

I want to share the stories of the back gate with you and want to hear all of yours!

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Latest Activity: Nov 22, 2015

Strange things and people happen at the back gate.

Whether it be you working or a crazed fan, people underestimate what really goes on at that secured point before you reach the stage. I have several of years working security for shows at a few different venues. Who wants to hear them?
I also want to know about your experiences. So please take some time to shock me or make me laugh!

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Comment by Roadiejobs on April 7, 2013 at 3:52pm

Anyone interested in helping out with Backline Monday Tomorrow? RSVP:

Comment by Howard E Smith Jr (Sonny) on March 5, 2012 at 7:58pm

Hi ya'll,

I just on with ya'll and I did over 40+ years backstage starting with the "Guitar Armies" of southern rock.I got to do the original Allman bros and Skynnard along with all the rest from Hatchett to Outlaws.I'm lovin hearing all the stories and I see that nothing has changed.Artymus Pyle lives here and a good friend of mine is the lead picker in his band.I'm in Lake Lure NC (below Asheville) and the music scene here has tons of talent but no organization at all.There is one good sound company and a free standing club called "The Orange Peel" where national acts play on a regular basis. Just to let you know how long I've been around, when I first started,if you wanted a parametric EQ,you went to the closest Radio Shack,bought parts and built it for the frenquency you wanted.The only Graffic EQ was "White Ind" and there was no such thing as an RTA. You tuned rooms with a pink noise generator and a "scope". I knew the guy that built the Woodstock rig when he was in his twentys and not even such a thing as "All areas access"

My name is Sonny Smith and I worked the south from Savannah to El Paso. I was the first sound man that the singer Pavoratti ever worked with but I have done over 10,000 shows in every venue and weather you can imagine.I studied with Don and Linda Davis,JBL and Klipsh. Nice to meet ya'll,

sonny smith,Lake Lure NC 


Comment by Mike F. on December 12, 2011 at 10:15pm

We were playing a festival in Tampa and I was setting up "guitar world" before our set.

One of the security guys commented that there was a fine chick at the back gate trying to get in....


He was just fixated on this, though and about the third time he brought it up said ..."yeah...and she said she'd do anything for a backstage pass"....

I said "Anything, huh?..tell that bitch if she'll load out backline she can HAVE mine"

Comment by Scott Adkins on June 16, 2011 at 10:06pm
Hahahahaha....reminds me of the episode of my name is earl when Randy takes the criminals for ice cream. Great story!!! Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Ray Brown on June 16, 2011 at 9:19pm
Ok it's 1976, I'm working at a 3000 seat venue and we hear that Thin Lizzy is booked to perform on their Jail Break Tour. Well it seems that the promoter and the local radio station came up with a plan to offer to any criminal booked in at our local jail, a free limo ride and backstage pass to the upcoming show. All they had to do is write a one page letter to the radio station indicating why they should be the contest winner. Dozens and dozens of letters poured in, and after much ado they picked a winner. Everything was arranged with the cops, and the city.The press picked it up and went wild. So here we are day of show, the promoter, the bands manager and a half a dozen groupies pile into the limo and head off to pick up the luck winner. To everyones great dismay, upon arriving at the jail they were met by the warden who quietly informed them that the "Ah prisoner had escaped and Ah can we keep this quiet?"  Ya Right......we did put his name on the guest list.....not sure if he showed.
Comment by Scott Adkins on March 3, 2011 at 12:13pm's been awhile since anyone has shared. Who's next?
Comment by Scott Adkins on January 19, 2011 at 4:57pm

Hahahaha.... I used to love working the meet and greets. Thats is the most true moment to witness star struck fans!!

 I'm glad you like the group. Thanks for sharing and keep them coming.

Comment by Natalie Goik on January 19, 2011 at 4:49pm

loving the stories. 

as a PA i have seen some pretty interesting fans at meet and greets. 

we had a younger girl come in drunk once. She tried to get one of the guys to sign her boobs. But he refused. She than got extremley pissed and burst into tears. When the drummer came along and tried to sign her photo, she kept saying "NO! NO!" when he asked why she claimed that the other band member said she had ugly tits. The drummer than said "you're tits are fine!" and walked away.


I actually had a friend visiting me that night. She was in tears she was laughing so hard. 

Comment by Scott Adkins on January 7, 2011 at 10:53pm

WOW!!! That's what I'm talking about. Best story yet!!! 

  That's a thinker....I don't know how I would react in that situation.

Jonathan, my man, thanks for sharing and please tell more!

Comment by Jonny Williams on January 7, 2011 at 5:37am

I have another story for ya. Last Spring I was on a nationwide tour of Russia. [I'm not sure if any of you have been to Russia or know what it's like, but disorganized is probably a good word to use.] We were travelling on the bus in between shows and we had a 12-hour journey to make so what better way to pass the time than get pissed, right?! So we're on this bus drinking Irish whiskey and eating pizzas. We drove through the middle-of-nowhere for hours until we finally reached our destination city. Little did we know that there was an ongoing dispute between the record label and the local promoter for this show about money. As we pull up to the hotel, the our record label rep was going crazy at the promoter who is waiting outside because the hotel is 4 star and not 5 star (as if we cared - we were ruined)! Our rep gets back on the bus and tells the driver to leave. It's all a bit scary. There are dodgy looking Russian blokes shouting at each other in Russian and none of us have a clue what's going on. As the bus pulls out, this blacked out car speeds passed us and pulls up sideways across the road. A guy gets out and puts the bonnet (hood) up to make it look like there's something wrong with the car. He blocked the whole road so we couldn't move anywhere. Being pissed, I thought the worst and grabbed my wallet, phone and passport and was ready to run. At this point, the girls are all panicking and we were just waiting for it all to kick off. Our driver made a break for it and drove the bus over a grass verge to get us away - what a hero!


The next day, the show was still scheduled to go ahead so they must've come to an agreement. Although, during soundcheck, the police turned up and arrested the promoter. An hour before the show, the band were taken to restaurant because they still hadn't received payment. So myself, the backline tech and the lighting engineer are left in this arena full of 10,000 Russians not knowing what's going on. They came back, they played and got paid. And we all lived happily ever after.


The end.


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