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Crowdies Put Their Hand Up


Crowded House has become the latest Oz act to pass on 5 cents from every ticket sold for their Opera House shows. The Crowdies will also be signing a poster for auction with all funds going to crew.

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Air Supply Donate Sales


Air Supply recently gave five cents from every ticket the band sold on their recent 2016 Australian Tour, making them the first act to embrace the ARCA initatiive. ARCA wish to extend our greatest thanks to the boys for this wonderful show of faith.

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"Rock and Hurl Roadies"

"Rock and Hurl Roadies"

Rock ‘n’ hurl roadies finally on centre stage

Posted date: Tháng Mười Hai 10, 2015 In: TOP STORIES | comment : 0

Former roadies, from left, Arthur Allayialis, Shane Scully, Russell Nelson and Julius Grafton, hang out during a Bridge Hotel in Rozelle. Photo: Steven Siewert

They lugged a amps, fraudulent a lights and gathering a trucks. They scored a pot, poured a drinks, managed a groupies and mopped adult a mess. They are Australia’s aged stone n’ hurl roadies – a fortitude of a song attention – though many are now pang an outrageous end.

“Of a roughly 400 roadies who worked in a attention given a late 1970s, during slightest 123 have died prematurely, 26 by suicide,” says Ian “Piggy” Peel, executive of a Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA), a non-profit support organisation for roadies.

“Many of us did it tough,” says Peel, who worked with Bob Marley, Mondo Rock, Bob Dylan and Olivia Newton-John. “We never got paid much; we had no super or benefits. Touring also took a fee on families and relationships. The guys would come home and their whole universe had depressed apart.”

The organisation of Australian Crawl, fronted by James Reyne, along with a band’s roadies om 1984. Photo: Gerrit Fokkema
When a song stopped, says Peel, “a lot of a guys ran out of self venerate and purpose.”

Peel is out to change that with a new launch of a good account for aged roadies. Set adult in and with Support Act, a use service for song professionals, a roadies account will capacitate supporters to make taxation deductible donations toward stone ‘n’ roll’s unsung heroes.

“We’re also lifting income in other ways,” Peel says. “ARCA’s members have an awful lot of aged live tapes that we available and collected from a shows we produced. We wish to digitize those tapes, and, with a band’s permission, sell them by a website, together with a debate itineraries and playlists.”

Shane Scully (centre), with a rope on debate in Oct 1984. Photo: Gerrit Fokkema

Formed in 2012, ARCA now has 429 full and associate members, many of whom accommodate for occasional reunions. The group, that has been permitted by AC/DC, had their final get together during Sydney’s Bald Faced Stag, where Jimmy Barnes play a set.

“That hit is really important,” says Shane Scully, who did lighting for Australian Crawl, INXS, and The Church, among others. “ARCA is about gripping in hit with those we worked so tough with in a society form of way. So many of my aged friends have given suicided since of bad financial or health problems or mental issues. My best partner suicided recently – we had toured together for many years with opposite bands. we only wish we knew where he was during when he took his life. But he didn’t respond to any contact.”

According to Julius Grafton, who worked with Gary Glitter in a early ’80s, ARCA “has brought together hundreds of ageing men, many of whom are removed and alone. It identified a abominable mankind rate we face and gave us a support group.”

A roadie’s duties could be sundry in a extreme, not to discuss unglamorous. “They used to call me a ‘lighting trog’,” says Bob Longwood, who toured with AC/DC, and whose jobs enclosed concomitant Bon Scott to a Kalgoorlie brothel. Julius Grafton once spent several days acid for Paul Gadd Junior, Gary Glitter’s 19-year-old son, who had left walkabout with some groupies in Sydney while on debate with his dad.

“Then, when we got to Lismore, a debate deduction were stolen during gunpoint.” Mysteriously, nobody saw it occur or knew who was responsible. “The heist was roughly positively a debate promoter’s fantasy,” Grafton says. “A reason not to compensate anyone. Routine.”


The original article was posted on here 17-12-15

The translation is a ball buster....still laughing...Thanx Scully..

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2016 ARCA Melbourne Reunion Details

2016 ARCA Melbourne Reunion Details

You are all invited to attend the next ARCA Melbourne Reunion

Sunday 17th April, 2016
St Kilda Sports Club,
Fitzroy St , St Kilda, Melbourne.


$25 on the door and ARCA Polo's $25 on the day
BBQ and nibbles (and maybe a few surprises)!
ALL are welcome!

RSVP 31st March. 2016.
NB: You need to make contact so we have T-shirt sizes and know who is coming...
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Come and remember, honour and pay respect to your mates that aren't here with us and give a hug to those that are. Share some love and stories. Leave grudges at the door and laugh about what we can't remember.

Between all of you there should be a few that can offer a bed... there is no Squire Inn in St Kilda - LOL. Check out if anyone is driving down and maybe split the travel costs. I know there will be some doing the road trip....

If you need airfares or accomodation and require assistance, please contact Veronica or Thais at Showgroup. Tell them its for the ARCA Reunion.

Monday to Wednesday
Veronika Panzic
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Phone: 02 9352 9715

Wednesday to Friday
Thais Mello
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Phone: 02 9352 9979

Ian 'Piggy' Peel
Australian Road Crew Association P/L

PS: It was changed to Sunday 17th so any one working in the business on Sat night could attend.

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ARCA and Pollstar

ARCA and Pollstar


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Road Crew Association Fundraising To Stop Suicides

By Christie Eliezer

Posted Monday, January 25, 2016 at 2:30 am
The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) is negotiating for a series of fund
raising initiatives to help stem the high rate of suicide among road crew members.

ARCA - Australian Road Crew Association

Founder Ian Peel told Pollstar, “Roadies are the backbone of the live music
scene anywhere. But it’s a lonely, physically enduring life, with low and
sporadic pay, and with few able to make provisions for retirement, injuries or

Peel founded ARCA in 2012 as a support network based on anecdotal evidence that
of 125 road crew members who died prematurely in recent years, 26 committed
suicide. A survey released 2015 by Entertainment Assist found that roadies were
the most susceptible of all entertainment workers to take their lives, nine
times more likely of the Australian community.

ARCA has partnered with music industry charity Support Act Ltd to absorb the
cost of running a Roadies Fund, targeting the music industry and the public.

Peel told Pollstar that major Australian acts are committed to staging benefit
concerts or donating proceeds of tours.

Country singer-songwriter Allan Caswell specially wrote the song “Boys In Black” and will donate its royalties.

On its December tour, AC/DC signed Roadies Roll of Honour posters, listing those
who’d died, for the association to sell.

Musicians have offered private tapes of their live shows to sell as CDs, while Bluesfest, the A Day On The Green winery shows and the pro-audio Entech trade shows will set up dedicated ARCA tents for raising of funds and awareness.



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