Most large scale tours would crash and burn without the techs who work tirelessly to guarantee the gear is in working order. The Globe and Mail recently ran a profile of guitar techs Scott Appleton (Rush, Journey, Def Leppard), Elwood Francis (Billy Gibbons, Steve Vai), and Jeff Ousley who has worked with Heart for two decades. Here’s how Ousley describes his gig:
We play anywhere, from theatres to hockey halls these days. Anywhere there’s electricity and a bag of money we’ll play. I’m the guy who stands at the side of the stage or behind the amps. I’m the guy who keeps things going. I’m the rock ‘n’ roll butler.
Read up on all three at The Globe and Mail.