Interview: Actual roadies review Showtime’s “not awful” Roadies

Roadies, Cameron Crowe’s new rock-centric drama for Showtime, has made a big deal out of the fact that it tries to get road life right. The show was hyped at SXSW, with actual, real-life roadies receiving complementary booze and massages, and multiple music industry professionals were brought on by the show to act as technical consultants.

All that being said, a television drama is still just that. It’s not a documentary, and, given that Roadies is a Crowe vehicle, there’s bound to be a little romanticism applied. To test that theory—and to check out the veracity of the show’s look at life on the rock ‘n’ roll road—we sent the show’s premiere to two actual roadies: Gus Brandt, who’s tour-managed Foo Fighters since their inception and has spent time on the road with Pharrell, Nine Inch Nails, Blink-182, Conan O’Brien, Steve …

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