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Ongoing History Daily: Roadies turned rock stars

Some people love music so much that they’ll do anything to get into the business. There are a few well-known names who got their start as roadies.

  • Kurt Cobain wanted to be close to his favourite band The Melvins so he became a volunteer roadie before Nirvana got going.
  • Lemmy from Motorhead works as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix back in the late 60s.
  • Tupac was a sometime roadie and back-up dancer for Digital Underground.
  • Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra humped gear for a couple of bands while living in Colorado.
  • And then there’s Noel Gallagher. When he failed an audition to be the lead singer of Manchester band Inspiral Carpets, he was offered a position as the group’s guitar roadie. He held that job for two years before getting fired and taking over his little brother’s band.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: Roadies turned rock stars

  • Wasn’t Rob Dukes of Exodus a roadie before he took over for Steve Souza?


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