27 oracle items tagged as roadie
October 28, 2009 / submitted by Hannah, United States of America
Q.  Oh, Magnificent Oracle,
Have Roadie #42 and Anchorman been furloughed due to a lack of funds? I'll gladly pay for my copy of Leftrightleftrightleft if it means they can have their jobs back!
Kisses to all!

Well Roadie #42 took a little holiday but not a hiatus so he will be writing again from the Latin American tour. It's not usual for him to blog but maybe if there's anything to tell he'd let us all know.
Anchorman is still posting news regularly...

October 5, 2009 / submitted by Shirl, United Kingdom
Q.  I think I saw Roadie #42 at Old Trafford. He was going past to get to the group who were at the little stage where Will sings and he was dressed all in black?

You may have but honestly, it could have been anyone; I have never ever met or seen a roadie who doesn't wear black! As they sometimes work around the band on stage in dark venues they need to be inconspicuous hence the uniform black trait.

October 2, 2009 / submitted by Tyler, United States of America
Q.  Is Matt McGinn Roadie #42?!

I can see how you would come to that conclusion given that Matt has written a book about being a roadie but no, he isn't Roadie #42. We clearly have roadies who are talented in more than one field!

October 1, 2009 / submitted by sven, France
Q.  True or not ?

True! Matt's book is due for publication in 2010. However the date is still yet to be confirmed and subject to change.

September 11, 2009 / submitted by Noah, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle is Roadie #42 the dancing roadie??????????

No, given that Roadie #42 has talked about Wayne in his blogs and doesn't refer to himself in the third person; his identity remains a mystery...

March 17, 2009 / submitted by Nadia, Australia
Q.  Hello!
At the Sydney concert I went to there was a dancer before Coldplay came on. He danced to the Jay Z song and the classical piece (he was really good at both!). He came on stage sweeping, with the spot light on him and I was wondering if he was a hired dancer or a roadie who can dance? Also, was he at all the concert dates?
P.S. I was at Sound Relief yesterday: Coldplay + John Farnham = absolutely amazing!! What a great day!

The dancing roadie is called Wayne and he's a lampie, which is a term used for the lighting staff. He's become a regular feature at the current shows.

March 3, 2009 / submitted by lilli, United States of America
Q.  This is a follow up to the roadie question. My son is a 15 year old aspiring musician. He says if he doesn't make it in a band he could be a roadie. Do roadies have music training? What is the scope of their work? It seems like a pretty tough life from Roadie #42's accounts.

You don't have to be trained for certain roadie (road crew) roles but there's a precise knowledge needed to be a tech. A guitar technician for example is responsible for tuning, stringing, soundchecking and maintaining the guitar. There's not necessarily any formal training but a broad understanding of the instrument is obviously going to be helpful whatever the instrument. It is a tough life but they choose to do it but it wouldn't suit everyone. Rather than explain "how to become..." I found a useful site.