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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 07:59 AM
As anyone who has looked at the back cover of Live at the Fillmore East knows, these boys looked a little rough! Twiggs told me that when the band first hit Macon and were all sleeping in sleeping bags on the floor of his College Ave. apartment (before the move to the Big House), they ran out of beer about 5:00 o'clock one morning. Twiggs and a couple of other roadies hopped in the car and headed to the convenience store to replenish the supply. The store had not opened when they arrived, so Twiggs cut off the ignition and they waited for it to open.
A few minutes later the manager arrived, unlocked the door, saw the roadies in the car, stepped inside, locked the door, and called the police!

[Edited on 2/23/2007 by jlyndon]

 
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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 08:18 AM
I'm almost finished with "Red Dog's Book of Tales" and after reading some of those stories, I believe your story. The boys did some wild and crazy sh*t back in the day.
 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 10:34 AM
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A few minutes later the manager arrived, unlocked the door, saw the roadies in the car, stepped inside, locked the door, and called the police!
LMAO! Great story!

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 11:06 AM
I have 2 copies of Red Dogs Book of Tales. It is a good read. IMO the roadies made it happen.
That group of roadies and todays roadies are really dedicated. I always wanted to be one. Growing up in the late 60's it seemed like a fun job. That line of work always interested me.

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 03:02 PM
I could just imagine.......having met Kim Payne and Callahan, can say
you would have to come to the Jam for Duane and meet these guys and
see for yourself. They are great people and the stories, ohh, the stories.
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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 03:34 PM
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I have 2 copies of Red Dogs Book of Tales. It is a good read. IMO the roadies made it happen.
That group of roadies and todays roadies are really dedicated. I always wanted to be one. Growing up in the late 60's it seemed like a fun job. That line of work always interested me.
Ask Red Dog about his blown out back.

Roadie-ing is HARD work. Amps and cabinets weigh a ton, and the constant lifting can wear you down. It'll make an old man out of you FAST.

Whenever I have a gig, during load in and load out, I always make remarks to whoever is standing around, "This is what we're getting paid for...humping equipment. We actually play for free!"

That is one of the things I loved about Duane's band philosophy. The roadies were PART OF THE BAND and treated them with great importance. The roadies did the grunt work so the band would be fresh and fully energized to play the best show they could. Plus, how many of us novice or semi-pro players have smashed a finger setting up gear, and then had to play in pain the rest of the night?

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 04:51 PM
You guys might like the Steve Parish book '' Home before Daylight " He was Garcia's guitar roadie and pretty much the head of the GD road crew. I guess you can say he was to the Dead what Red Dog was to the ABB . There's some great stories in there and one of my favorite book jackets also.
 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 06:28 PM
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Whenever I have a gig, during load in and load out, I always make remarks to whoever is standing around, "This is what we're getting paid for...humping equipment. We actually play for free!"


I had a good laugh when I read your remarks Dave. When people ask me how much the band makes a night I always tell them "We play for free, we get paid to haul all this damn gear around!"

I can't ever tell if playing music is keeping me young or hauling the equipment is making me old before my time. My SVT seems to get heavier every time I move it. We used to have to move these PA speakers we dubbed "The refrigerators." Thank goodness we downsized to those little JBL's on the tripod stands!

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 06:34 PM
Thanks, John. Keep the stories comin'!
 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 07:10 PM
they mighta looked a little rough,,,but they was the best damn band in america and still is today with the best flippin road crew goin, then and now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 2/24/2007 at 08:33 AM
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Thanks, John. Keep the stories comin'!


Yes, yes please.

 
 


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