Last October we mentioned that Showtime had picked up former rock journalist-turned-Oscar-winning screenwriter Cameron Crowe’s series Roadies. Since then, music fans have had a very difficult time with an unbelievable string of losses—from David Bowie, Prince and Maurice White to Lemmy, Paul Kantner, Glenn Frey, George Martin and Merle Haggard. The good news is that we haven’t lost them all. The recent announcement of Desert Trip (or “Oldchella” as some of the more cynical are calling it), a three-day concert festival in October with some of the biggest names of the old guard banding together—The Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters—is cause for celebration among music fans of all ages.
And no one in the movie or television industries has made us celebrate the joy of music more than writer/director Cameron Crowe. His celluloid use of memorable musical moments, such as Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” blaring from John Cusack’s outstretched boom box in Say Anything, Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” as the humorous soundscape to a first teenage date in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Tom Cruise’s celebratory behind-the-wheel singing of Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” in Jerry Maguire or the perfect capturing of the sing-a-long magic of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” in the tour bus from his semi-autobiographical Academy Award winning script, Almost Famous.
This time around, with the June 26 series premiere of Roadies, Crowe takes us into the world of those behind the spotlight whose job is to make the stars shine. The traveling family who tear down and rebuild the stages for the concerts we all go to see. Or as rocker Tom Petty says, “I think the general public has no idea what roadies do. Bless ‘em all. I just play the songs. They make the show happen.”
Roadies Trailer, featuring “Hard Sun” by Eddie Vedder
Starring Luke Wilson as the Tour Manager, who tries to hold together this family of happenstance, and Carla Gugino as the Production Manager, who spends her time putting out fires, Roadies features an impressive ensemble cast including Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) and Ron White. Not to mention notable guest appearances from Luis Guzman, Jacqueline Byers, Finesse Mitchell, Branscombe Richmond and Tanc Sade.
Roadies co-star Carla Gugino on the show’s unique premise:
They’ve never revealed this world because the world was waiting for Cameron Crowe to do it.
Roadies Teaser Trailer
Get ready for a heartfelt, comedic musical journey of a lifetime with Roadies: 60 shows. 43 cities. 1 crew. It all begins Sunday, June 26 on Showtime.