We asked some battle-hardened stagehands to watch Cameron Crowes new show and give us their verdict on load-in fashion, tour managers and groupies
Tina Farris, tour manager, the Roots
Roadies is very Cameron Crowe, but pretty accurate. I was impressed by details such as a laundry bag, something crew members have on big tours. In the opening scene, the guy in bed with a girl [Bill, played by Luke Wilson] turns out to be the tour manager, but thats the joke. The tour manager is the rock star. You have the most access to everything and youre not beholden to security guards or fans. When I was first on the road as a child with my grandfather, who worked for Motown, the stars played golf but the crews partied. I suppose that Crowes series is ultimately about a lifestyle that nobody wants to give up. I could relate to the characters although Ive never encountered a female production manager [Shelli, played by Carla Gugino].
The one that really threw me was Kelly [Imogen Poots], a lighting tech who rides around backstage on a skateboard. I thought, Oh please Then I remembered that on the Black Eyed Peas tour we rode around on Segways, but not right underneath the lighting rig! Thats ridiculous. I have encountered fans in singers dressing rooms but they were way nicer. I missed the rite of passage element that was so great about Almost Famous. The Roadies scene that most bothers me is the one where the crazy stalker person supposedly uses the singers microphone to simulate a blow job. They used a drum mic! That still haunts me.