Life on the road and what it takes to put on a world-class live performance by some of the world's top musicians. Interviews with the people that are behind the scenes. Touring personnel, stage managers, carpenters, tour managers, lighting, video & sound engineers, concert promotors, riggers, and much much more.
Episode #33 with Tom Kenny
Tom Kenny started his stage lighting career at the age of 14 in Ireland, where he learned a little bit about everything. He has gone on to cover the entire ROYGBIV spectrum of lighting, working in theater, rock n roll and television. Concert lighting with Eric Clapton, Page and Plant, David Bowie and The Who to television, lighting The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, MTV Storytellers and massive PPV events. Listen as Bill tells his very animated story. I even ask him if the rumors were true. Did Led Zeppelin really play his wedding?
Episode #32 with Robert Scovill
Robert Scovill knows a thing or two about audio. Not only is he a world class, award winning sound mixer, but he is also a teacher, lecturer and ambassador for the sound community. We have a wonderful time talking about his history with Def Leppard, Rush and Tom Petty as well as his role with AVID developing the future of audio technology. Robert is very funny and charismatic. We had a blast together on this one.
Episode #31 with Marguerite Nguyen
Marguerite Nguyen is one of our industry’s true success stories. From her early days working in clubs in Richmond, VA, all the way to becoming the tour manager for Coldplay and everything in between, she has done it all. Listen as we exchange fun banter telling tour stories as well as discuss what truly solidifies our friendship, food. This was a fun one.
Episode #30 with Debbie Sharpe
Debbie Sharpe has always had a love for music and the music industry. From her early days in Australia as a music writer, all the way to Britain to do the accounts for Adam and the Ants, to becoming one of the early pioneers of rock n roll tour catering. Debbie’s story takes you from Paul McCartney through the Rolling Stones, all the way to her successful Chicago gourmet deli chain, The Goddess and Grocer. Hear the story that is almost as amazing as the woman herself.
Episode #29 with Keely Myers
Keely Myers is a Renaissance woman. She is driven by many things to include equality, gender neutrality and updating the outdated language used in both. We discuss her forward-thinking Tour Production Group’s diversity sessions, how she started The Production Office, and her current very progressive company, the Global Touring Office. I also had to ask Keely about her experience working with Kate Bush. So jealous.
Episode #28 with Andy Franks
Andy Franks, who is lovingly known in our industry as “Franksy” has done it all. He started as a musician in the 70’s playing punk rock before moving into live audio, mixing acts like Gang of Four and Pig Bag. He went on to work with Depeche Mode for 17 years starting as their monitor mixer and quickly elevating to tour manager. Franksy has great stories about Depeche, Robbie Williams, Coldplay and more. We also get into his organization “Music Support” and his involvement with British Summertime. He was an absolute pleasure to talk with.