Glamorous or a grind - take your pick. Life on the road as part of a concert tour crew can be either or both. From the intensity of loading in and loading out, setting up and tearing down, to the anxious, white line drudgery of highway travel in the middle of the night to get to the next city on time, it?s a roller coaster ride of sacrifice and reward. Backstage Stories: Crew Are People Too is dedicated to the unsung ranks who toil in the shadows of the live entertainment industry. Without their passion and dedication, there would be no show. These are their stories - from backstage, from the road, and from the heart.
Truck 'N Roll sales manager Steve Traynor sat in on this week?s episode with iconic Canadian rock artist Myles Goodwyn, and reminisced about mutual backstage acquaintances, including a sound man who was notorious for being TOO loud sometimes. It?s been 50-plus years since his first girlfriend Bertha lugged his equipment (?She could carry a Marshall under one arm?), and in the intervening decades, Myles has witnessed and experienced the evolution of backstage life, from the heyday of April Wine in the 1970s and 80s to his current trio playing gigs around the Maritimes, where Myles was born and has chosen to call home once again. A talented singer/songwriter, a great storyteller and a funny man who might have made up the story about Bertha,
Myles Goodwyn is our guest on episode 2 of Backstage Stories: Crew Are People, Too.
Ghislain Arsenault was running a modest provincial trucking company out of Montreal when Celine Dion?s husband and manager, Rene Angelil, approached him in 1996 about providing transportation for Celine?s North American tour. Sensing something big was in the offing and overcoming his own self-doubt, Arsenault took the job - with three rented trucks and three used trailers. The gamble paid off. In 1997, the movie Titanic spawned Celine?s breakthrough signature song, My Heart Will Go On, and Arsenault went from three diesel-belching beaters to a state of the art fleet of trucks that?s become a concert tour backbone for some of the biggest recording artists in the world. On episode 1 of Backstage Stories: Crew Are People Too, Truck'N Roll founder, owner president Ghislain Arsenault talks about his 30 year journey to overnight success, the sacrifices and rewards of life on the road, and the behind-the-scenes entertainment industry opportunities coming out of the pandemic for anyone who?s willing to embrace the lifestyle and do what it takes.
This is Backstage Stories: Crew Are People Too.
Hosted by Ted Bird
Thanks to Ghislain Arsenault and Steve Collard from Truck 'N Roll for supplying the guests.
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