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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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!!

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Comment by Andy Power on July 15, 2013 at 6:58pm

1974 was my beginning and was for a weird group a dudes named the guitar player not the lead singer...The J. Giles Band

What a long, strange trip it's been!

AP

Comment by Pedro Rodriguez Jr. on March 29, 2013 at 4:55pm

I started working on accident i was attending a show i don't remember which one it was. but at the time i was good friends with the event staff at the electric factory and the head of security was breaking up a fight and while he was breaking the fight up some guy came up behind ready to strike a blow so i grabbed the guy and placed him in a choke hold and escorted him out the venue kindly from there i was asked to be head of the barricade security and back stage and from there i went on to doing load in and load out and the rest is history i want to say my first concert working working was i believe No Doubt


2011
Comment by Tim Ringgenberg on March 16, 2013 at 12:42pm

It was a Head East show at a race track in Wisconsin. I was sent climbing up a tower to pull up a large tarp for a wall. It was the first time I felt like a real crew guy. Of course if the wind had picked up much more and if it had really rained I am sure the whole thing would have come down. Oh how 1978,79 seems so long ago. I now would have looked at that tower and said, "are you trying to kill somebody?" And all that fun and 50 bucks to boot.


2008
Comment by Ross Norton on March 16, 2013 at 12:20pm

I had always been a huge fan of Black Oak Arkansas so when I got the chance to do their 76/77 winter tour I jumped at it Tour Jacket acquired by the way. I was an even bigger fan of the late Ruby Starr from Grey Ghost who was touring with the band because of the duet...My Jim Dandy...she did with Jimmy.  It was the openning song. The band would start the song as Ruby came prancing out from behind the back line in her little Daisy May, hillbilly costume screaming....He's Myyyyyyy Jim Dandy...and the show was on.

 Doc and Rance  where the sound guys and David Shad...along with myself...handled the lighting rig.  Steve Dabbs (current partner at Delicate Productions out of Ventura CA)  was also out as Guitar Tech. Our schedule was beyond stupid with something on the order of...nine on and one day off to travel being the norm.

 My job during the show was to operate the smoke machine which was an antique canister and dry ice contraption which was positioned just behind the drum riser with hoses running under the riser. Every night I got to sit just back of the riser and watch Tommy Aldridge perform some of the most incredible rock drumming of the era.

 We hit Lakeland FL on New Years Eve. (76 to 77) Styx was the openning act and we started getting stupid before the show even started.  The crowd was insane (it being New Year's Eve and all) and three tmes the band came back for encores. On the third one, they did Bob Seegar's Ramblin Man and the entire crew made huge hats out of palm tree leaves and gaff tape and started a chourus line....which seemed perfectly appropriate at the time.

 I was young and stupid at the time and had absolutely NO idea or knowledge about the boundary lines between band and production crew which existed back then. I had seen Ruby head for the dressing room during the last song and decided...WTF. I left the chorus line...discarded the hat...and headed down into Band Country.

 Ruby was there in the dressing room by herself and when she saw me she smiled and  said Hi Ross as I walked  straight up to her and pinned her up against the wall.  I said...Happy New Year Young Lady...scooped her up and put one right on her mouth.  Youth and ignorance is a beautiful thing. The crowd noise outside the dressing room was vibrating the walls like thunder when the door suddenly crashed open and in comes the band. I figured...what the hell... hugged her even tighter and kept going.

 The band loved it. They all started laughing and yelling as they gathered around...chanting and cheering us on. At that point Ruby busted out laughing ...pulled back...and said....Well Happy New Year to you too.  It was now 1977...load out was calling...and all was good.

What a great lady she was and what a great band to work for. Treasured memories. Just Sayin.


2010
Comment by James Kusyk on March 16, 2013 at 12:08pm

I was mixing house sound for Junior Wells on the southside of Chicago.  Junior would usually sit at the bar and drink bourbon during most of the first set while his band played six or seven songs without him.  Then he would get on stage, sing three songs, and then call for a set break and head back to the bar.  Most nights by the second set he was pretty well lit.  Three songs into the set, he calls out for me to give him a little more treble on his vocal mic.  Before I even touched the pot to increase his high end, he shouts "hey yeah, sounds great right there."  I learned that night that when Junior was drinking, it didn't matter what he called for, don't touch the board or change a thing, he'll never know the difference.  Just leave the board alone and everything will be alright.  The band knew too.


2008
Comment by Ross Norton on March 15, 2013 at 7:02pm

It was the Bad Company (Burning Skies) tour of 1977 and I was one of the lighting techs for Showco Productions in those days.  My job during the show was to be on headset with the LD (Delton Bass) to fix anything that went down during the show as well as call houselights.

I had previously had a couple of issues with the promoter from Concerts West and the band over house lights. The band was all over me to hold house lights til they got completely out of the building and the promoter was all about fire marshal etc...

This all came to a head at Madison Square Garden. The band's tour mgr (Clive)  told me I was going home if I didn't  wait for his signal (flash lite) to bring up house lights and the promoter rep (Paul)  told me the same thing if I didn't go on his signal. Sighhhh.

The show went off without a hitch and the crowd of pot and jack Daniels finest was going absolutely stupid. Screaming and shoving into the barricade like nothing you see these days. They wanted MORE. The band was heading for the cars and the promoter signaled me to raise house lights. I did nothing. He signaled again and begin running up the steps of the stage. I see the band climbing in to their cars. I do nothing.

At this point....the crowd has lost all sanity thinking the band is coming back because the lights are still off. The promoter screams at me to call house lights or he is going to kick my ass. I have 25 feet of headset cable and start backing up.  I'm talking to Delton on the headset as well who ...ever one to delegate whenever possible...says...Its your decision buddy. Gee thanks.

  A FIRE STARTS IN THE UPPER MEZZININE SECTION. The crowd sees me (and Paul) backing up on to the stage and thinks the band is coming back. There are 25 seats blazing fire. The place is pitch dark... except for the fire. The crowd is out of control and I am at the end of my 25 feet and looking down at a nine foot drop ...off of center stage... in to barricade steel. And ALL of this for 115.00 a week and 12 dollars a day per diem.

Over Paul's shoulder... which is hauling back to knock me half way back to Dallas ...plus nine feet...I see a flash of light and calm as you please say...house lights go....drop the headsets, duck and run.

The stage mgr (Phil) runs over and grabs me ...starts shaking my hand and thanking me for not getting him fired. The tour mgr sends word back how thankful the band is and I'm not sure but I think... delegating Delton.... ended up getting all  the credit when Showco was told. But for a night anyway...I got to be the hero and glass top tables on a tour bus were a handy thing to have that night. Just Sayin.


2011
Comment by Mick Anger on March 14, 2013 at 3:56pm

I think it was 1968, or there about, I had to see Spirit and the only way I could do it was to work the show (The Tempe Pop Festival?) or something like that. I was already hanging out with my friends bands and helping out. It was soon after (1969) I went "Pro" at the age of 17. Pulse was a big deal on that show, a huge set of chromatically tuned drums and a light show. Wow, man!


2009
Comment by Rick Miller on March 14, 2013 at 3:46pm
Great , 1976 was my 1st national tour. Nazareth, "Hair of the Dog" If was very memorable, tour buses were converted Gray Hound's. What made it memorable waz Thin Lizzy opened some Texas show for us and one of the band had Hepititis and everyone had to get Gama Globulin shots......not fun.

2008
Comment by Bob Bender on March 14, 2013 at 3:32pm

December 6th, 1977 was my first major concert I ever worked. I remember this date as I still have the working pass for the show (of course I do... just ask my wife). I was the production runner, and my job was to transport Jim Dandy and Black Oak Arkansas to the auditorium from the hotel. They were opening for Blue Oyster Cult. Shows after that included Kris Kristofferson, Angel, Rainbow, and J. Geils Band (with Judas Priest opening for them). Ah... those were the days!

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