Hi Dave and welcome to confessionstour.com ! How is life for you lately?
Life has been tough on this tour, much different than the tours I have done in the past. I am really looking forward to going home, and spending time with my family.
As a rigger, your job is very specific and technical. Would you tell us more about it?
As a Rigger, “we” (I use the word we, because we have a great group of guys on the rigging team, and without them, this schedule would have never happened), are responsible for everything hanging in the air. The easiest way to explain what we do: All of the lighting, sound and Video equipment that hangs in the air, needs to be in a very specific place, relative to the stage. We hang the ‘stuff’ that, that ‘stuff’ hangs from. (I hope that makes sense) As a Rigger, we are given the building restrictions, as far as weight loading, and displacement. With that information, we have to hang our show, within those limits, keeping everything in place, and keeping everything as high in the air as possible. Safety, is the most important thing, this is the heaviest show hanging in the air, that has ever toured, and we need to do it safely and quickly. Every night, I remind myself, if I screw up, then I could possibly kill someone. Thank God, it has not happened.
As fans, there is a question we are used to ask when interviewing Madonna’s collaborators. The thing is, how do you get to work for her? How did it all happen for you?
I answered the phone! I have worked for this Production Manager before, I happened to be available for the time period of the tour, and hopefully I’ve done a good job in the past, which keeps me working today.
Being on the road with Madonna means that you’re spending a lot of time with her and the rest of her band… Do you made new friends during the past few months?
There are some wonderful people on this crew. People I would not have met, if I wasn’t on this tour. Hopefully, these new friendships will last a life time.
We all know that Madonna wants to be behind everything and be aware of every single detail when it comes to one of her projects. What kind of boss is she? What is the thing that you appreciate the most working with her?
As a boss, I don’t get my orders directly from her, however, I have the utmost respect for her attention to detail and her physical conditioning.
While thousands of fans get to watch the show every night, you are on of those who cannot watch it but make sure that it will be done the way it should. Isn’t it a little frustrating? Wouldn’t you like to join them in the arena and have fun? Do you sometime talk to her fans?
Doing the show, and making this impossible schedule happen, is more rewarding, a feeling for satisfaction, not frustrating. Funny thing, I cannot stand being in crowed places, so, sorry to say, I don’t think I would like to be on the other side. I do talk to the fans, they are great people.
Some say that to work in the entertainment world requires to be an artist yourself. Is that your case? Would you sometimes like to join Madonna and her band on stage?
No, I am not an Artist. I have no musical talent, however, if building a car engine, repairing a motorcycle, or getting the show in the air counts. I have no desire to be on stage, (I never gave it much thought, until now)
Being on the road for several months can be a huge sacrifice as you need to leave your home and loved ones. How do you deal with it? Do you sometimes feel a little homesick?
Being on the road is tough, I get homesick, and I miss my loved ones and family. However, I’ll never regret it. I have new friends, the wonderful places I’ve seen and visited. All of this would not be possible, if I thought of my job as a sacrifice.
During the past few months, you’ve visited several cities and got to discover different kind of people and cultures. What was your favourite stop and why?
Moscow, has to be my favourite city on this tour. We had a day off to explore the city, and do some souvenir shopping. I really enjoyed the architecture, the history behind the city. From what I have seen in movies and TV, the city was very different than I expected. The people were wonderful, full of life and I hope to return soon.
To be on time and to make sure that everything will be done the right way means lots of pressure for you every night. Do you always keep that on mind while working or do you try and take the whole thing the easy way?
Because my job is so much different then other positions, I have to have a great attention to detail. I never let myself forget, “if I screw up, I could kill somebody”, that’s a lot different, then broken guitar string, a ripped costume, or a microphone being out of place.
Right after the tour, you will go back home and get a little rest, right? But what’s next for you? Will you keep on touring with other artists?
As of right now, I am taking a week off, to hangout with my parents, and play some golf. Then it’s back to work, I have a few corporate clients, who I need to get busy working with, and then again, you’ll never know when the phone might ring again.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions Dave! We all wish you the best for the rest of the tour! Before you leave, would you answer our famous 4 questions?
1) What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Nothing this morning, however, I really love a good jalapeno bagel with eggs and cheddar cheese.
2) What is your zodiac sign?
3) Bath or Shower?
4) If you could change the world in one way, how would you?
I would require all vehicles to run on or operate on, sugar caine ethanol and/or electric