Often wonder and been intrigued by what life is like working, managing or being an artist, a rock star? Traveling to foreign countries, seeing the sights, feeling the energy of live audiences, night after night, and experiencing firsthand the screaming fans? It’s not always glorious or glamorous; in fact, there is more to it than you think. One thing for sure, it takes a lot of people to make it happen, with lots of talent, dedication, and nerves of steel to deal with the unknown day after day. It’s hard work, it’s a life like no other. If you’re lucky enough to experience it, love it, and embrace it for what it is, it can be yours for a lifetime.
Rikk Feulner has spent over four decades as a tour manager, working with some of the most iconic musicians in rock and country music: The Eagles, Robert Plant, Johnny Winter, Keith Urban and Dream Theater, just to name a few. Having crisscrossed the globe countless times, he has accumulated a wealth of experiences and stories that he now shares in his new book “Stars Don’t Carry Their Own Baggage”. With an insider’s perspective on the music industry and a deep love for the craft, Feulner offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of touring and the people who make it all happen.
“Stars Don’t Carry Their Own Baggage” is the story of up-and-coming 80’s rock band Cherry Thieves. but this isn’t your typical rock-n-roll origin story, this is the early days of a band through the eyes of their tour manager. Get the inside scoop, hear the untold stories, and find out if Cherry Thieves can survive their first world tour, and each other…
To get an insider’s view of Rikk‘s experience and how they reflected in a fictional way on his new book, restless interviewer Rodrigo Altaf sat down with Feulner for over half an hour, to discuss about his life on the road and how thousands of anecdotes shaped the pages of “Stars Don’t Carry Their Own Baggage”, what it takes for someone to be a great band manager, and of course, you can expect some Dream Theater insight, like who were the worst opening act for them, and what to expect from their upcoming summer tour. Watch or listen to their entertaining conversation below; and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, Sonic Perspectives is on Facebook, Flipboard, Twitter and YouTube, where you can be notified about new content we publish on a daily basis.
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