Tales from the Tour Bus: Rock 'n' Roll on the Road

Tales from the Tour Bus: Rock 'n' Roll on the Road
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Review

They say "what happens on tour stays on tour," but now it's time to spill the beans on life on the road during the "classic" age of rock. And it's comforting to hear that it wasn't all gold-plated jets and monogrammed monster trucks. Well, maybe it was for Rick Wakeman. Here, the former prog rocker introduces on-tour tales of third-class rail travel, grimy truck-stops and chintzy B&Bs during the 60s, and fancy hotels and endless parades of roadies in the 70s (according to New Order's Peter Hook, Queen's roadies even had their own roadies).

And if you thought it was only Keith Moon who got his kicks from chucking TVs out of hotel windows, think again – it seems they were all at it back then. "It's a drag, man, because they don't break... they just bounce," chuckles Dr Feelgood's Wilko Johnson.

Summary

Rick Wakeman offers a first-hand account of rockers on the road from the late 1950s onwards, recalling the golden age of touring - a secret history of transport cafes, transit vans, B&Bs, sleepless roadies and loved ones left at home. The musician and tour bus aficionado also reflects on the audiences, both good and bad, and the gigs themselves, from the early variety package to the pubs, clubs and stadiums. With contributions by Suzi Quatro and members of Dr Feelgood, the Shadows, the Pretty Things, Fairport Convention, Happy Mondays, Aswad, Girlschool and the Damned.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Rick Wakeman
Contributor Dr Feelgood
Contributor Suzi Quatro
Contributor The Shadows
Contributor The Pretty Things
Contributor Fairport Convention
Contributor Happy Mondays
Contributor Aswad
Contributor Girlschool
Contributor The Damned
Director Chris Rodley
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Producer Chris Rodley
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