Luke Shea, Set Carpenter and Rigging Assistant
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST TOUR AND WHAT WAS YOUR JOB THEN?
This is my first tour but I first worked for James Taylor as a carpenter in Hawaii last April for 3 shows and at the barn last winter.
BEFORE YOU TOURED WITH JAMES, WHAT KIND OF WORK DID YOU DO?
Worked as a civil engineer back in Vermont.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST MEET JAMES?
In Hawaii at a rehearsal lunch
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TOUR DAY?
The end of load out is my favorite part of the day. It reminds me of The Grinch That Stole Christmas when there are only crumbs left on the floor. All the people have gone home and all of the trucks are loaded and ready to head to the next city. It’s amazing to think of what has happened throughout the day.
DO YOU ENJOY TOURING BY BUS AND SLEEPING IN BUNKS NEXT TO YOUR CREWMATES?
We have a lot of fun on the bus; especially if we have the next day off. It took awhile but I am able to get a good night’s sleep on a moving bus now. I do have frequent “gigmares” though.
WHERE ARE YOU POSITIONED DURING THE SHOW?
I float back and forth between front of house and stage right. I usually just get to enjoy the show unless something unforeseen comes up. At intermission I am responsible for: set change over, resetting the stage (i.e. replacing empty water bottles etc).
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU ALWAYS HAVE ON TOUR?
My favorite flannel shirt.
IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT TOURING THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
On days off I like to get out and experience whatever city or area that we are staying in. So far my favorite cities have been San Francisco, Denver, and Toronto.
Photo: Jon Prince