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Top 5 Roadie Stage Fails

Published: Mon June 16, 2014  News Feed

Top 5 Roadie Fails

Roadies are an essential part of a touring band. Many people do not consider the effort that goes into setting up a gig and take roadies for granted.

A quick time lapse shows a 16 hour day in preperation for a big gig:

But what happens when an error is made? Here are our top 5 roadie blunders:

5. They Thought It Would Be Fine

These roadies obviously hadn't checked the weather forecast. Maybe they should have spent a bit of extra time on the setup this day to compensate for the strong winds. But they didn't, and this is what happened.

4. Matt Bellamy's Guitars Ruined

What was meant to be a pretty smooth transition in the gig ended up quite the opposite. The roadie must have left the guitar stand holding all of the Muse guitarist's prized possessions too close to the edge of the stage. At around 0:10 seconds in this video, you will see the curtains start to come up, which end up snagging onto the stand and sending all of his guitars crashing 15 feet towards the hard ground. Just listen to the audience's reaction.

3. Mike Portnoy Teaches Roadie a Lesson

The Dream Theater drummer was halfway through a dual drum solo with Vinnie Appice when the roadie tried to run across the stage. Mike obviously doesn't like this, and decided to teach him a lesson. 

 Perhaps it is for the best though, as below you will see why roadies shouldn't run across the stage unnecessarily.

2. Billy Corgan Gets Unplugged

Smashing Pumpkins in Boston. As the roadie tries to dart across stage out of sight, his foot catches Billy Corgan's guitar cable, yanking it out of his guitar whilst pulling Billy away from the microphone about 0:45 into the video. It is worth watching the whole way through, as they turn the whole situation into a breakdown which sounds amazing when they all kick back in. 

Our favourite YouTube comment from this: "Despite all his rage he still has problems on stage".

1. Big Jim Takes The Plunge

This is peer pressure at its absolute finest. Sebastian Bach of Skid Row calls his roadie on stage and after a while of persuasian infront of an audience of thousands, Big Jim agrees to crowd surf. Does he make the jump? It's time to find out.

Have you got any other roadie stories? Let us know!

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