Roadies and Their Role in Disaster Relief in the Philippines

Roadie.netAnother fine article from Ruth Blatt in Forbes about why roadies have hidden talents and skills when it comes to disaster relief, including Typhoon Haiyan.

When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, musicians, managers, roadies and fans reached out to Music for Relief offering help.  Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, Jerry Seinfeld, Celine Dion, Hall & Oats and other artists have donated tickets and experiences.  Even fans have stepped up, donated their signed Linkin Park memorabilia…

Roadies are eager to help, which is impressive given their gruelling lifestyle. “People imagine that life on the road is fun and easy, [Music for Relief’s COO, Whitney] Showler told me, “but these men and women work so hard. They have rare and infrequent days off. Their work is very physical. Sometimes they don’t have an actual bed to sleep in, they are sleeping on buses.  So to find opportunities where they have a day off and then to get them to come help others is pretty remarkable. And they’ve done that.”

Read the entire article here.

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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