Roadie Stories

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by nonsqtr, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Does anyone have any good roadie stories?

    Here's a pic of my favorite roadie!
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    it's like the song says: I'm my own roadie...

    Or was it grandpa? I can't remember...;) :D
  3. enzyme


    Feb 4, 2003
    Roadie? I can't afford such things.
  4. your mom is your roadie?
  5. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    How many roadies does it take to change a lightbulb?

    2..... one, tchhhewwwww.
  6. Not getting it an Aussie thing?:meh:
  7. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Okay, here's my roadie story. When I was touring with the 'Bones about 15 years ago, we had this roadie that was a heroin addict. Most of the time he was scraping around looking for his next fix, but this one night he must have scored some tremendous stuff, and he was in a jolly good mood. In the middle of the first set, he jumps up on stage and starts playing air guitar along with the guitar player. Only thing is, he gets about 5 or 6 notes in, then starts nodding off. Then wakes up again maybe 15 or 20 seconds later, and starts playing again. The audience loves it, they think it's part of the show. By the end of the set he's a hero. The guitar player grabs his hand and raises it triumphantly as the other roadies help him off the stage. The crew captures the whole thing on videotape, and that's the only thing that kept him from getting fired the next day, 'cause they wouldn't let him haul any gear that night. After that he straightened out pretty good, they gave him a talking to and he got some help. That was a great crew, in this case they were protecting each other and that's kinda the attitude they had in general, whatever it takes to make sure we get through tomorrow's gig. It was one of the better crews I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Plenty of clownery to be sure, but they were a competent team.
  8. permagrin


    May 1, 2003
    San Pedro, CA
    Roadies are awesome, at least the ones I dealt with in the only band I've been in that hired true roadies (about 10 yrs ago), big tough guys who worked for tours but helped us out when they were in town. They refer to you as "the talent", carry your stuff, mess with anyone who tries to mess with you, and work for beer, food, and a couch to sleep on. They made gigs be only the good parts with none of the crap. Ah, the good old days...
  9. jeez ur roadies a bit of alrite :p
  10. pbd

    pbd Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2003
    Metro Detroit
    owner Procables N Sound
    I was one of 10 on a 9 berth painted bus. We were touring with a musical but we could change the name on the window above the windshield. Just before pulling into a laudromat on our day off we scrolled in Van Halen and watched the gawkers line up to see who got off the bus. It made us feel better since we had just worked too many 18 hour days in a row.:D
  11. Looks like a future groupie to me. hahaha j/k bro.
  12. My Son, Craig, is Head Roadie with our Band. He can do it all, from Driving the Van, carrying heavy loads, setting Drums and P.A. up, to grabbing Guitars with broken strings, handing the spare guitar over, and having the new string fitted and tuned up on a digital tuner, before the end of the song, ready to hand back. Anyway, we play this Gig in our Home Town, notorious for a Manager who says ALL Rock Bands are too loud. We soundcheck, and the Manager says "don't you think you should turn it down?" Road Crew point to Craig, and say "Ask him" Manager asks Craig the same question. Craig walks past him, sticks his head in the Bass Bins of a 10k P.A. rig and says "no". Manager says "are you sure?" and Craig motions for us to turn it up, sticks his head in the Bass Bins again, and says "no". Manager says "well, must be o.k. if he can do that" and disappears into the cellar. We wipe the blood from our ears, and join in the laughter with the Road Crew as we buy Craig a pint. He is the perfect roadie, because he has been deaf since Birth! (Digital Tuner was the clue) He can lip-read brilliantly, and talk almost perfectly, so this type of thing happens regularly, and makes being on the Road even more of a laugh.
  13. Looks like he copes with his "disability" well...

    Sorry to hear that he's deaf though:(
  14. Sonorous


    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    that got quite a laugh from myself and my girlfriend

  15. tchhhewwwww = ( t )is` you!

  16. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    :D and here I was preparing to warn you against the dangers and maybe post something about the value of ear plugs........
  17. Primary

    Primary TB Assistant

    Here are some related products that TB members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to TB’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to TB discussions about these products.

    Dec 2, 2021

Share This Page