From 1988-93 I was on the road with a band. We were unique in that all of the guys, 3 crew and 4 **musicians, got equal shares of the profits........***nothing............and we all had an equal vote on band decisions. Three of the guys were my step brothers at one point in time, for reasons of anonymity we'll call the singer "Eel", the drummer "Man" ,and the guitarist "Old Mother Hubbard". The three others were the bassist, who we'll call "Sluggo", the soundman, "Hearing Loss Howard", and the lightman "Testestophilese", and lastly me(light-tech/stage-tech/ follow-spot/ security/ merchandising/ lyrics writer/ keeper/grower of the weed..etc....etc...).
We traveled with a full production, meaning 40 1000w pars, 30 "ray lights" a multitude of "audience stun" lights and strobes, a 1000w follow-spot( modified to work almost like a "vari" light), a 30ft. long aluminum truss, and 4 "genie" lifts to get all the lights up in the air, backdrops to cover stage amps and the drum monitors, a 3ft. high drum riser, 2 EAW KF550's per side and 1 1000w EAW sub cabinet per side, 3 wedge monitors, and two large monitors for the drummer. All the sound equipment was hooked up to two 16 channel sound boards,(don't recall the brand), one for the drums alone(all miked), and one for everything else. The lights were controlled by a 14 channel mid-grade light board. Our "effects" rack had one "Alleisis"(sp?) midi-verb III for the drums, one for the vocals, and one for the whole "mix", along with an EQ for drums, and one for the "mix", as well as a "gate" for all the on-stage mics, and lastly the obligatory CD player/tape deck for "intros" and music during "breaks". Our drummer abused a Tama single kick, 5 tom kit. Our bassist used an Ampeg SVT head and amp, played a 5-string Ibanez, a 12 string Hamer, and an old "Rickenbacker" 4-string. Our guitarist used a Mesa-boogie head with a foot pedal controlled midi-verb III and various other effect boxes, he played two Ibanez "gem"s and used a Washburn for "D" tuned songs, his stage amps were old Carvin cabinets with new speakers in them. The singer mauled an old strat, a telecaster remake, and used an ancient "music man" amp for a head and stage amp. It took, on a good day, about 5 hours to set up for a show. If the club was a logistical nightmare it could take as many as 7-8 hours. All "band" members took part in "set-up" another thing that made us stand out from other touring bands. You are probably wondering what all this equipment has to do with "amusing, disturbing and just plain fucked up *stories ",........nothing.......really. It does however demonstrate that "life" on the road was a "real" job, and not just one long party. Imagine going into a different place every week and having to fit all this equipment onto and around what passes for a "stage", not to mention having to deal with stairs and any number of other obstacles. In some instances it meant a lot of creative thinking and finagling, and at times it simply meant just leaving some stuff in the truck. Which brings us to the inevitable "poultry connection".Our equipment truck was a 24ft. box truck that once belonged to an egg farm, it had a huge chicken and several eggs painted on the sides( more on the "poultry connection" later). The other " road" vehicle was a 1988 Dodge Ram pick-up with a "shell" on it, and benches built into the bed, three could sleep in the back while traveling, or open the "shell" and harass passing motorists, which we often did.
Well, it's late, or early........gotta love insomnia.........so I'll be back with the first story entitled, "We Killed A Man In Memphis Once".
*stories........I make no claims to being an effective storyteller, so please bear with my feeble attempts
**4 musicians..........or 3 musicians and a..........drummer:).......(it's an old cliché, and drummer can be replaced with guitarist/bassist/singer.take your pick)
***nothing.......when I left the band in 93, right after they got signed by an independent label, we were at least $10,000 in debt