How To Get Your First Roadie or Concert Technician Job... 20 Replies

Depending on the size of a live concert tour, many "roadies", also known as "techs" or "Concert Technicians"  are employed behind the scenes to produce a successful show. Have you ever gone to a concert and wondered, "how do they get this whole stage set up, and torn down in one day?" Typically, a live concert production arrives at the venue between 7 am and 12 noon and is ready for showtime at 7 pm. After the show, the entire production is loaded back into trucks and is headed off to another…Continue

Tags: tech, drum, guitar, backline, roadie

Started by Roadiejobs in Advice For Aspiring Roadies. Last reply by LK Hunsaker Oct 18, 2009.

Roadie Job Search Ideas... 10 Replies

Here are a few larger companies with areas of their websites dedicated to roadie related jobs such as event production, crew jobs, audo and lighting AV jobs, and cruise ship roadie jobs. These are employment pages where you can browse jobs, and send applications or resumes. AEG LIVE JOB SEARCH - Sports and entertainment promoterCIRQUE DU SOLEIL JOB SEARCH -…Continue

Tags: Roadiejobs, Jobs

Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by Speedy May 13, 2013.

Can You Describe An Average Day Working As A Roadie In The Concert Touring Industry? 13 Replies

What is your average work day like?Working in the Concert Touring Industry, you probably have one of the most interesting jobs in the world.  Let's hear about yours! Looking forward to your replies!Photo Credit: Mark Shane HatfieldContinue

Tags: Average Work Day, Job Description

Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by Kyle Simkins Apr 18, 2014.

What was your favorite tour? 35 Replies

Ever wondered who are the best Artists/Bands/Tours to work for?Tell us about the best tour you ever worked,and why it was so great.Looking forward to your replies!Photo Credit: Tim LawrenceContinue

Tags: Great, Favorite, Tour, Best

Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by david talbott Mar 28, 2014.

Do you prefer being a roadie in the United States Or Europe? 4 Replies

Where Do You Prefer Touring, United States or Europe?What are the main differences?What do you like or dislike about touring in Europe?What do you like or dislike about touring in "The States"?Looking forward to your replies!…Continue

Tags: Touring, United States, USA, Europe

Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by Travis M. Walat Jan 25, 2013.

What's it like being a roadie on a cruise ship? 30 Replies

Cruise ships employ many people in Music and Touring Industries.Let's hear from those of you who have done this type of work on cruise ships before.Is this something worth looking into?Looking forward to your replies! Continue

Tags: Jobs, , ship, Cruise, , Cruise, Ship"

Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by Luís Carlos Marciano Jr Aug 15, 2014.

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The Billy Jones Story: "..the times and travels of an american bluesman."

..genuine road-hardened delta blues outlaws. ..southern soul meets blues funk


...the times and travels of an american blues band.



Added by billy jones bluez on December 4, 2018 at 11:48am — No Comments

end of 2018

Home for a few weeks

Filling in with "The Temper Trap" this week.

Finishing up the Year with another fill in with "The Living End" starts Boxing Day and goes until around the 6th Jan I think... Then the next weekend I start The "Red hot summer tour" around regional Australia, Its usually 2 shows per weekend with travel days either side, then home for the rest of the week. that goes into late Feb I think.

2019 is booking up fast and if everything that is…


Added by Mick Wilkinson on December 4, 2018 at 1:11am — No Comments

General Session Checklist

Ever need to write a speech for a General Session?   Here's an easy checklist for you to follow:


Welcome everyone, let’s have a big hand for our management team up here on the stage.   Great to see everyone.


Gosh, we are sorry for all the problems this year with the

(Check all that apply:)

  1. Roll-out of the new computer…

Added by Jim The Soundman on January 30, 2014 at 5:43am — No Comments

Guerrilla Nut filing on the road

Soxys tech tip - don't own nut files?

Just need to lower those slots a little bit?

Easy - Take some old strings, cut a piece of each into a short length....around 20cm long.

Now, buy some 400 grit wet and dry paper from the hardware store. Wrap a piece AROUND THE STRING.

Holding the paper and the string you can now pull the string TIGHT at each end.

It will now cut like a very smooth file. Use each string for each slot. (So your A string goes in your A string…


Added by Joseph Price on June 9, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The world is always as we see every day,

The world is always as we see every day, and will be as it is, as you choose to live it.

Performs all by itself, and not by what others say.

Today pollutes society, his positivism in your personality, will give the desired progress.

Fight for your dreams, believe in yourself.

Good morning everyone, God bless

El mundo será siempre como lo vemos a diario; Y será tal cual, como escojas vivirlo. 

Realiza todo por sí mismo, y no por lo que digan los…


Added by Rodeblám Delgado on April 27, 2013 at 5:46am — No Comments

Brain Fried Sound Man


A minimum of…


Added by Howard E Smith Jr (Sonny) on April 4, 2013 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

The 2013 BSMC John and Helen Meyer Scholarships To The BSMC

The 2013 John and Helen Meyer Scholarship to the Live Design Broadway Sound Master Classes (BSMC) is available to promising sound designers from around the world. A total of six scholarships—a mix of undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates (1-3 years out of school)—are eligible. This is the third year that the scholarships will be awarded, thanks to the generosity of Meyer Sound. The 2012 scholarships were awarded to Jeff Sherwood, Rebecca Stoll, John DaSilva, Katherine… Continue

Added by ellen lampert-greaux on April 4, 2013 at 10:55am — No Comments

Gigs in the 70's

Do you remember your first time working at a concert?? Mine was in 1973 @ MTSU in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. There was no call, just notes put up on campus that Elton John was coming to the Murphy Center and "strong young men" were needed for the set up and teardown of the event. You would be paid with a T-shirt and free admission to the show!! I had the time of my life and from then on I was hooked!! The rest is history!!

Added by Mark W. Beasley on March 6, 2013 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

Mayhem fest 2012

Had a blast on the tour selling hatewear merch for jamey jasta of hatebreed . Was on the tour selling with opus from DEAD BY WEDNESDAY ..who I roadie for ;) was a awesome time meeting soooo many good musicians and great people !!! Clown his tech (got his drum sticks used at my home state show ;) ). ,Sid , Corey the guys of slayer , etc lol great experience I will never forget !!!! \m/•!•\m/

Added by ROADIE RAY on January 21, 2013 at 4:29pm — No Comments

R.I.P. My Friend - Nyle Wood 1959 - 2013

I wanna take a moment of silence here to remember MY BROTHER, MY FRIEND & MOST OF ALL ONE OF MY IATSE TOUR BUDDIES!

R.I.P. Mr. Nyle Wood!

The world of Audio has lost one of the Greatest Sound Techs to ever walk this world!

You will be forever in my Mind & Heart my friend! God Bless You!

Now make those Trumpets roar…

Added by J. P. Sparks - Rusty on January 18, 2013 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Texas Shows!

From the crazy times we had in Florida all the talk in our travel time was all about the Texas shows coming up. A few reasons for the hype is 1. Our merch, drummer and myself all live there. For the rest of the group it holds importance because of the market and radio hype the band gets. It's huge here! Largest support ever! The venues are not to shabby either. Starting in Dallas, tx at house of blues Cambridge room. A smaller room holding 350 with a smaller EV sound rig with an M7 out…


Added by Frank "Tank" Maglin on August 11, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

We made it to Florida

After killing our show in Marietta, GA we venture now down into Florida for 3 shows. First stop Jacksonville. If one thing I've learned since I've been in the orange state, it's that it seems it takes a bit of professionalism to shine through before the locals start to warm up to you. The venue in Jacksonville started with a little bit of bus parking confusion. It turned out to be not so bad. A little place,easy to put people in. A Smaller PA with considerable power, but stage space being…


Added by Frank "Tank" Maglin on August 5, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

18 shows down, 19 days 16 shows left

We have managed to make it up and through mostl of the east coast so far. Yesterday ending in Syracuse, NY at one of the biggest festivals I've ever been apart of. Sharing the stage with a great line up. Korn, Awolnation, P.O.D. Let's recap some of the prior shows that I haven't been able to talk about. Let's catch up. I had left off headed into downtown Manhattan. Coming into this gig, we knew that the bus and trailer equaling a good 60ft would be extremely difficult in downtown NY. Taking…


Added by Frank "Tank" Maglin on July 23, 2012 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

And the shows go on and on and on for now

I apologize for the lateness. As much as I like to keep up to date with these blogs, I find myself falling a bit behind. Let's catch up a bit. We are 11 shows in to the tour now and I feel very confident that it is honed and sitting well with everyone. We have seen so far all different size venues, a bunch of great crowds, and good people to work with. The cities have been amazing. And i am really enjoying how nice each state is we have hit so far. It definatly been a nice change of scenery.…


Added by Frank "Tank" Maglin on July 20, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Keith Anderson's Memorial Service

Keith Anderson's Memorial Service will be March 5, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. at Soundcheck in Nashville Tennessee.

Added by Chiefbear on the Road on February 9, 2012 at 8:41pm — No Comments

You can teach an old road dog new tricks!


Although I am not sure about the title above I do know that I personally am trying some new tricks.


One of my new tricks consists of teaching the next generation the subtle art of stagecraft.

I have joined with 6 other brilliant technicians and we are working hard to fix a broken system. Story goes like this, there are these kids who spent their whole lives in foster care and the second they turn 18 they are kicked out without training, a job, a home,…


Added by Michael "PJ" Collins on July 29, 2011 at 9:07am — No Comments

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