The touring industry continues to thrive, and road crews are a key part of any outing’s success. In 2014, Pollstar valued the North American concert industry at $6.2 billion.
This week The Wall Street Journal examined the world of roadies, or concert technicians. The article discusses their widely varying income ($200 to $1,500 a day), personal sacrifices (hard on relationships), lifestyle on tour (museums, anyone?), females on the road (8 in a crew of 60) and the technical proficiency required for the gig (reading 200-page manuals on guitar effects).
Among those featured in the article are Jimmy Davis, stage manager for Hank Williams Jr., who also works at Nashville event production company LogiCom. Davis told the paper he brings home almost six figures a year.
Also featured is guitar tech Tom Weber (Van Halen, Poison, Reba McEntire, Lyle Lovett) who earns about $200,000 in a good year. He says, “We’re the Marines of the music business.”
Read more here.