Created By: LavonPapillon1 on July 7, 2017 Last Edited By: LavonPapillon1 on July 10, 2017
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The Roadie

A person employed by a touring band of musicians to set up and maintain equipment.

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"A good roadie knows his whole job is to make someone else look good, keep someone else safe, help someone else do what they were put here to do. A good roadie stays out of the spotlight. If he's doing his job right, you don't even know he's there. Once in a while he might step on stage just to fix a problem, to set something right. But then before you even realize he was there or what he did, he's gone."
- Eddie Riggs, Brütal Legend

The Rock Star is but a rock. With the help of the roadie, these rocks will be polished and shot through space and become the stars that they were meant to be.

The Roadie is an integral - yet sadly unappreciated - part of the rocking process. Roadies tune guitars, replace lights, check mikes, bounce entrances, drive the bus, cater parties, market merchandise and holds the bass player's hair up as they vomit. The music does not just happen by accident after all.

Because of the various jobs roadies are know to do, they are usually portrayed as the "Hyper-Competent Sidekick" type, managing to fulfill every need no matter how grand. Older roadies are portrayed as sagely, veteran types, having been to every corner of the industry, tasted every drug, known every legend and always having a An Aesop to impart in the process.

Note that stage managers and roadies/stage crew are two different things and never should be confused.

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    Comic Books 
  • "Young" Neil Nordegraf from Scott Pilgrim is the roadie of the Power Trio band "Sex Bob-Omb", which also is the support bassist when Scott is out as well their Loony Fan Knives Chau.

     Film - Live-Action 
  • Various classmates in School of Rock who did not become a part of the band were assigned the roles of roadies and groupies (albeit a PG-rated equivalent).
  • Roadie stars Meat Loaf as a Gadgeteer Genius who becomes a roadie for a traveling rock and roll show.

     Live-Action Series 
  • The 2016 Cameron Crowe series Roadies are about a group of roadies that help set up for the The Station-House Band.

     Music 
  • The Tenacious D song The Roadie was made as a thank you letter to all the roadies out there who's work goes unappreciated. In the song's official music video however, the titular roadie Sebastion is portrayed as being a legitimately good roadie that had worked with Van Halen, Metallica and AC/DC in the past, but eventually gets drunk and destroys Jack and Kyle's green room after being rejected by a groupie. He then goes on to buy drugs, reject a boy who comes to him with a paternity test and then cons money out of them in exchange for a hooker (Jack and Kyle to fire him because of it).

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    Web Comics 
  • In TV Tropes The Webcomic, Gabe The Sixth Ranger started moonlighting as a roadie for the main cast's band Troper Croe soon after his first appearance in the series.
  • Roadie Joe from The Rock Cocks is a roadie hired by Sterling for the band's first official album recording.

    Western Animation 
  • Steven from Steven Universe has expressed that one of his dream jobs is to be a roadie (his father having once been The Rock Star) and gets to live out this dream by helping Sour Cream set up a rave in "Drop Beat Dad".

    Real-Life 
  • Most roadies in the United States work as part of the IATSE union ("International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees").

Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • July 7, 2017
    LavonPapillon1
    If anyone out there knows more about roadies and the biz that can spice up the description, feel free to comment. Thank you.
  • July 7, 2017
    LadyEvil
    There was a film called Roadie that starred Meat Loaf as a Gadgeteer Genius who becomes a roadie for a traveling rock and roll show.
  • July 7, 2017
    LadyEvil
    Oh, and you might want to use the film's tagline in the description. "The rockers make it rock, but the roadies make it roll". I'm almost sure they had a gag on Saturday Night Live about a roadie who used to work for Aerosmith.
  • July 7, 2017
    Nazetrime
    Servant Tropes if you're looking for an index.
  • July 7, 2017
    Boston
    Real World: Most roadies in the United States work as part of the IATSE union ("International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees").

    Henry Rollins offers some advice to musicians in his book, Black Coffee Blues: "Listen to the stage manager and get on stage when they tell you to. No one has time for your rock star bullshit. None of the techs backstage care if you’re David Bowie or the milkman. When you act like a jerk, they are completely unimpressed with the infantile display that you might think comes with your dubious status. They were there hours before you building the stage, and they will be there hours after you leave tearing it down. They should get your salary, and you should get theirs."

    (Note that stage managers and roadies / stage crew are two *utterly different things* and never should be confused.)
  • July 8, 2017
    Koveras
    Many a roadie is a Hypercompetent Sidekick (or at least presents himself as such).

  • July 10, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Comic Books:
    • "Young" Neil Nordegraf from Scott Pilgrim is the roadie of the Power Trio of "Sex Bob-Omb", which also is the support bassist when Scott is out as well the No 1 fan of the band after Knives Chau.
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