USC Thornton Music Industry students recently had the opportunity to witness a full-scale pop tour in action, going backstage for Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at LA’s Greek Theatre. Organized by faculty member and veteran music manager Trudy Green for her Live Touring Strategy class (MUIN 515), students learned about the load-in and production process from the tour’s manager, and talked through the ins and outs of venue management with The Greek’s production and operations manager. The student group even peeked inside some of the tour buses before settling in for the evening’s performance.
Enjoy a slideshow of their visit below:
USC Thornton Music Industry students stand next to Ringo Starr's drumkit on stage at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. L-R: Katie Middleton, Charlie Smith, Celine Torkan, Shuiada Zeng and Joe Pinzon.
Stage Manager and Drum Technician Jeff Chonis talks about the stage performance setup.
Tour manager Mike Colucci explains to the group about the load-in process.
Terry Gerard, The Greek's Production and Operations Manager, explaining the ins and outs of running the venue.
The group heard from Rich Spillberg, songwriter and keyboard player for Ringo Starr and Josh Grobman.
Students with faculty member Trudy Green. Front row L-R: Ashley Ko, Sunhyun Park, Patrick Dillon Curry, Trudy Green and Brady Moses. Back row L-R: Anna Gandolfi, Jonathan Rubio and Danny Garcia.
Following their backstage tour, the group enjoyed Ringo Starr's Greek Theatre performance.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Lauren Owens and Siyan Gospodin, graduate students in Thornton’s new Music Industry Master’s Degree program, are in Boston to attend the Forbes 30 Under 30 summit, celebrating creative disruption across 20 different industries.