The first episode of the Marshall Headphones On the Road documentary about the brave men, and some women, who make the shows happen — the roadies. Jesse goes to The Wiltern theatre in LA to meet legendary soundman Hutch as he works on a special performance by Queens of the Stone Age. He also talk sto Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwen from the band about the band/roadie relationship and why Hutch is essentially a member of QOTSA.
In this, the second episode, Jesse swings by the Golden Gods Awards as anyone who’s anyone in metal arrives on the black carpet and asks them why there isn’t an award for roadies. He then pays a visit to probably the most notorious metal roadie of all time, Jef Hickey who has worked with the likes of Motorhead and Megadeth.
Jesse heads for the House of Blues to meet Nick Rucker, the one man road crew for Steel Panther, the band that has been paying homage to the music, questionable style and hedonism of 80s style hair metal for the last ten years and are showing no signs of slowing down.
After the bad behaviour witnessed onstage at Steel Panther, Jesse investigates the women in rock’n’roll, firstly with one of his heroes and mentors Ian Astbury of The Cult and then in a discussion with three women who know more about the business than most: Megan Tobin, ex-lighting tech for the likes of Metallica, Michael Jackson and Guns’n’Roses, Patty Schemel, ex-drummer for Hole and Laura-Jean Hyde who has worked on tours with acts like Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie.
First of two episodes where Jesse ventures to the Palm Desert region, a place very close to his heart. After a tour of the Coachella Valley and a quick visit to see him mum, Jesse heads to Palm Springs to catch a bizarre impromptu show by punk warriors Fucked Up in a hotel diner.
Next stop is Rancho de la Luna, a mystical place and spiritual home of the desert rock scene. Rancho is a recording studio where the likes of Arctic Monkeys, UNKLE and PJ Harvey have come to try to recreate the spirit of the original desert bands. After a jam session with his fellow Eagles of Death Metal man Dave Catchings and his girl Tuesday Cross, Jesse persuades them to play a live show at a party in the desert.