Yeah, me neither. It looks like a lot of hard work and black T-shirts. Sure, if you manage to climb the ranks up to, say, guitar technician (who are frequently better guitarists than the band members, only fatter), you do get to go onstage before the show starts. And the sound men get to say ‘check, check, check’ to twenty thousand people. Still, a roadie’s life is not for me.
It is, however, for some people, including the writer of this interesting article over at Kuro5hin. He crewed for, among others, New Kids on the Block:
So if sex, drugs, music, partying and hanging out with famous bands is why you want to be a roadie, your career has the life expectancy of a blind frog with two broken legs crawling across the LA Freeway during rush hour. If you don’t mind travel and a lot of hard work that everyone loves to hear you talk about, read on.