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As Bon Jovi come to Edinburgh, crew tell how the end of the show is just the beginning for them.. 17 June 2011
Scottish Daily Record article

Source: Scottish Daily Record

AS a sweat-soaked Jon Bon Jovi brings down the curtain on a blistering, three-hour set, the show is far from over for the 190-strong crew.

The 75,000 fans streaming out of Munich's Olympic Stadium are oblivious to the hustle and bustle backstage.

Within minutes of the band finishing their set, the crew swing into action, taking down the huge stage, packing it into 1000 flight cases and loading it on to one of 18 waiting trucks.

It's a scene crew chief Mike Rew calls "organised chaos".

As the forklifts roll in, the designated lighting, video and sound teams get to work. For stage manager and veteran roadie Mike Devlin, this is the final part of a 21-hour working day, which started at 6am when the trucks were unloaded and the eight-hour process of building the stage began.

He said: "We unload the trucks in order of set-up. The lighting comes off first as that takes the most time to build, then the video and sound gear follow. It's a game of layers."

As the 18-month Circle World Tour enters its last six weeks in Europe - including a show at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium on Wednesday - these unsung heroes work to make sure fans see a spectacular show, mind-blowing in its scale.

The Razz was invited along to see just what it takes to bring such a show to Scotland.

The band has four structural stages, each taking three days to build. It's these stages that the rest of the equipment is built on.

Among that equipment is 4.5 tonnes of video screens, with the world's largest complete screen - 115ft wide - behind the band.


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