Behind the Scenes with a Veteran Backline Specialist
Any time you go to a concert, there are a whole legion of behind-the-scenes specialists who provide vital support roles, making sure the show runs like clockwork. Kyle Henderson, a veteran guitar technician who’s been on the road with a diverse range of artists over the last 11 years, is one of those specialists. Since 2014, he’s worked with Roland and BOSS artists Panic! at the Disco, who recently completed an arena tour in support of their GRAMMY-nominated Death of a Bachelor album. While Panic! at the Disco takes time off to record a new album, Kyle’s picked up with Band of Horses, who are currently performing a series of concert dates in Europe and the United States.
We connected with Kyle while he was working a few dates with the Japanese band Babymetal before heading out with Band of Horses. In our interview, Kyle shares how he became a guitar tech and details his day-to-day duties on major tours. He also talks about the BOSS and Roland gear used on stage by Panic! at the Disco, and offers some advice for those wanting to get into backline work.