Ah, the life of a music-biz grunt. Sure, the pay's OK but is it worth the junkie-defending, bullet-dodging, heiress-stewarding headache?
Blender has posted The Worst Jobs In Rock & Roll list, excerpts from which can be sound below.
Pete Doherty's Lawyer
Since his 2003 criminal debut for burgling then-bandmate Carl Barat's apartment, the Babyshambles frontman has been arrested at least 20 times including three times in one magical day in January 2006. Most of the busts have been for heroin and crack possession, with the odd assault charge thrown in. Doherty has shown up late to court, assaulted a reporter in front of the courthouse and allegedly given one judge the finger. The hardest part is probably his unpredictability whether he'll turn up for conferences, says Samantha Cohen, a criminal-defense lawyer in London. Despite Doherty's string of broken pledges to clean up, his indefatigable lawyer, Sean Curran, has mostly kept him out of prison. He has a fairly faultless record, Cohen says. Pete's a complete moron if he isn't grateful.
Guns N' Roses' Tour Manager
A tour manager's job should be simple: Get your band to the gig and make sure their needs (drugs, girls, bail money) are met along the way. Naturally, with Guns N' Roses, nothing is simple. As far as trouble goes, mainly it's dealing with Axl, says John Reese, who comanaged and tour-managed the band between 1988 and 1997. He walks to the beat of his own drummer. He's not real aware of the stimuli around him. Reese bribed customs officials and once shuttled GNR out of Bogot, Colombia, on a private plane to escape the clutches of a drug cartel. More recent tour managers have endured their own headaches: riots resulting from canceled dates in Vancouver and Philadelphia, when Axl failed to turn up on time, and springing Axl from a Swedish jail after the singer allegedly bit a hotel security guard's leg. Every single night there's a possibility of a riot, Reese says. Axl would go on an hour and a half late, on average. Every travel arrangement, every hotel consideration everything's centered on 'How am I going to get Axl Rose onstage tonight?'
Hatebreed's Mosh-Pit Security
Keeping a sweaty mass of testosterone-jacked fans from beating one another senseless and/or rushing the stage is a dangerous, thankless gig. It's one of the toughest workouts ever, says Bryan Maiorana, who's worked security at shows by Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, GWAR and others. Hatebreed gigs are especially rough. The Connecticut hardcore act commonly stokes the pit's passions from the stage, often presiding over a wall of death in which fans line up at opposite sides of the pit, then violently collide at full speed. In 2005, one concertgoer died of liver damage after taking part and another 25 were treated for injuries. The crowd wants to fight, Maiorana says. You never know what's going to happen. You don't know somebody's strength or if they have a weapon. You've always gotta be on guard.
Bonnaroo Clean-Up Crew
The Bonnaroo clean-up crew works back-breaking 10-hour shifts for over two weeks straight in the Tennessee sun, servicing the festival's trash and recycling bins, as well as picking up every stray beer can, cigarette butt, used condom and abandoned Birkenstock left behind on the 700-acre site. When you've got a 55-gallon drum with a full trash bag in it and you're picking up 500 of those per shift in 90-degree heat and intense humidity, it's definitely taxing, says Anna Borofsky, co-owner of Clean Vibes, the company that handles Bonnaroo's waste management. Some less-conscientious festivalgoers leave their campsites strewn with clothes, furniture and even buckets of human excrement. The real work, though, comes in the recycling: We'll have a pile of bags 20 feet tall and a couple hundred feet in diameter of recycling to sort through. At times, it seems like an endless task, Borofsky says.
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