Not only did he visit the back lounge, he also received therapy and took antidepressants, but the group was also helpful. “It’s such a weight on your mind, on your soul, to know that other people feel and suffer for who you are,” he said.
Schofield said, “Our industry is terrible when it comes to mental illness. You don’t talk about it until it’s too late and we need to be more compassionate. “
Nathalie Candel, 29, a tour manager who regularly visits the Back Lounge, said she hoped the group would continue to meet once the industry is back on tour. “We have to see what we can bring people on tour,” she said. Some crew members, including herself, had boasted of working 19-hour days, she added, and that was clearly not healthy.
On a Wednesday, the Back Lounge was back in session to discuss the subject of “being left behind”.
Some of the roadies said they feared the music industry might have moved on without them or that their contacts had moved to new areas of work. “The fear of being left behind is very real,” said Debbie Taylor, who leads the crew for Guns N ‘Roses world tours. “It’s something I have nightmares about,” she added.
The tone was serious, but then Keith Wood, a stadium tour manager, lightened the mood.
“I’ll tell you a story about how to get left behind,” said Wood before starting a story about the time one of Suzanne Vega’s tour buses pulled out of a roadhouse in Nebraska without him. That was before cell phones, he said, and he only made it to the next stop on the tour with the help of a friendly local pilot.