Godsmack "super roadie" weathers bad day at Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis

"Gig from hell" doesn't even begin to describe this alternately harrowing and hilarious two-part account of Sunday load-in at this year's Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival. Godsmack sound engineer Frank Sgambellone goes into "super roadie" mode to make sure his band's show goes on even as the elements make a mess of the stage, the load-in area, the front-of-house console (which blew away), and everything else in Tom Lee Park, whether nailed down or not.

It's just never a good omen when you know you are going to be outdoors and it's coming in sideways. But, that's the gig, right? We don't get to pick the weather nor do we pick our hours. But we did pick our gig, so it's time to man up and get on with it. Memphis in May, here we come. Little did I know that this day would have me questioning my current career choice.

P.S.: The tour diary is a lot more fun if you read it to yourself in a Boston accent.

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