The Business Side of Music

The Business Side of Music is an interview show designed to help independent artists and songwriters better understand and navigate the music industry. 45-year industry veteran, Bob Bender talks to successful guests from every corner of the industry about their careers to discover the things they did right as well as the lessons they learned from any mistakes they made.


#117 - Working The Major Tours - Past, Present, & Beyond

Meet Ray Amico. A multi-faceted musician/composer/producer and studio engineer for over 30 years, at one time the guitar player in the legendary NY Bizarre-Core band, SIX AND VIOLENCE as well as a veteran Tour Manager, Production Manager, FOH Sound Engineer and Tour Accountant. Influenced by the band Devo at an early age, Ray started out working at A&M Studio, working on such projects as Celine Dion, Taylor Dayne, Mariah Carey, Cheap Trick, and many others.

On this episode, we talk about what it takes working the major tours, where they've been, and what we can anticipate in the future once the Corona Virus pandemic isolation ends. Simply put, the past, present, and beyond of the working tour.

Ray has toured with a wide diversity of artists, in multiple positions, from Toni Braxton to George Lopez, Sublime With Rome, The Cult,Ke$ha, DEVO, Fiona Apple, Jane’s Addiction, 2 Skinnee J’s, Jimmy Cliff, Zucchero, Panic! At The Disco, Dream Theater, “Weird Al” Yankovic, System Of A Down, Nancy Sinatra, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Eric Johnson, Chic with Nile Rodgers, Beastie Boys, Sinead O’Connor, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Jim Gaffigan, John Fogerty, Dane Cook, Smash Mouth as well as many, many others.

He's also recorded an album titled "TYRANNOSAURUS RAY", called “The Never-Ending Battle Of Fear”, a compilation of Ray’s demos and recordings from all over the world.

While living in Rome, Ray was introduced by a mutual friend to Eddie Zengeni, who along with Ray has a deep love, knowledge and fascination with Mob-related films such as “The Godfather” and “GoodFellas”, as well as a passion for all types of music. As roommates in Rome, along with Eddie’s wife, Emanuela, the three spent much of their time together performing music and digging deep into the film culture.

While working for years as Tour & Production Manager for the band DEVO, Ray met his future wife Michelle, who was DEVO’s secretary at their MUTATO MUZIKA STUDIOS in LA. After moving back to the states, Ray married his loving wife Michelle in 2009, and adopted both of her children, Michael and Matthew.

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