Top 10 Rock and Metal Musicians Who Were Originally RoadiesMetal_Treasure Some individual musicians and even entire bands were originally support personnel for bigger names. The road crew (aka roadies) are the technicians or support personnel who travel with a band on tour.
This includes tour managers, production managers, stage managers, lighting directors, lighting designers, lighting techs, front of house and monitor engineers, guitar techs, bass techs, drum techs, keyboard techs, pyrotechnicians, security/bodyguards, truck drivers, merchandise crew, and caterers, among others.
The Top Ten
One of the best metal drummers. Pioneer, that influenced and supported a lot of great musicians. Very positive and inspirational person.
One of the best metal drummers ever. Later he played drums for many famous metal bands. - Metal_Treasure
Gene is the man!
At a point Nick Mason asked him if he would be interested in joining the band as a guitarist. And just like that rock music got one of the finest musicians ever. - Metal_Treasure
IronSabbathPriest, thanks for the interesting details about Pink Floyd and Iron Maiden.
If Nicko McBrain wasn't part of the support personnel before his appearance as a drummer, probably he doesn't count. But playing drums disguised as Eddie was a creative solution. - Metal_Treasure
They then recorded bits of a Saurcerful of Secrets with him (the first half being recorded with Syd Barret.
Before Clive Burr left Iron Maiden, Nicko McBrain was asked to replace him and made a guest appearance disguised as Eddie on the Number of the Beast tour. This was while Clive Burr was still in the band. Dunno whether that counts as being a roadie so I won't add it but it's an interesting story loosely related to the list context. - IronSabbathPriest
It's also worth noting for those who don't know that he was a roadie for The Nice, Keith Emerson's band before ELP. Lemmy gave Keith two Hitler Youth daggers to stick into his Hammond organ; he later ended up destroying them. - Gg2000
"I was Jimi Hendrix’s roadie. My rock ’n’ roll credentials are f****** impeccable."
He was a roadie only for 2 months but still. - Metal_Treasure
Forgot to mention that Chuck Behler was the Megadeth drummer. So Nick was a roadie for the band he later joined. - Metal_Treasure
He replaced Dan Lilker on bass for Anthrax's second album Spreading the Disease. - Metal_Treasure
Thrash metal band Coroner eventually decided they were capable of cutting their own stuff but they didn't have a singer and recorded their demo Death Cult (1986) with Celtic Frost singer on vocals (Tom G. Warrior).
Their first full-length album R.I.P. (1987), featured bass player Ron Broder on vocals and he assumed the role for the rest of the group's existence. Circa 1990 Coroner achieved jaw-dropping musicianship in the field of thrash metal. - Metal_Treasure
Later he formed Nirvana with Kurt Cobain. - Metal_Treasure
I love the way that Seattle bands tie in with each other (Matt Cameron as the drummer for PJ & Soundgarden, Dale Crover drummer for Melvins and Nirvana for a short time, etc.) - Gruunge
He worked as a pyro-tech for Black Sabbath during their "Heaven and Hell" tour, 1980. Ronnie James Dio noticed his music skills as a bassist and songwriter and encouraged Joey to continue with metal music. - Metal_Treasure
Ironically, sometime later, Chuck's drum tech, Nick Menza took over on drums when he too was fired. - Metal_Treasure
He was a guitar tech for the founding vocalist and guitarist Max Cavalera until he was asked to join the band as their lead guitarist replacing Jairo Guedes. - Metal_Treasure
Pro Tools engineer for Tool? Sounds great, LOL. - Metal_Treasure
Ben Shepherd is a bassist. - Metal_Treasure
Apparently, the story goes that the band was playing at the Bolles High School prom and were taking a break. Billy Powell saw a piano there and started playing what would become the piano intro to Freebird. Ronnie Van Zant was so impressed that he invited him to join the band. Beforehand, Skynyrd had never played with a piano player. - Gg2000