Ron Eldard's Essential Classic Rock Playlist

The star of Roadie takes us through his favorite old school tunes
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The star of Roadie takes us through his favorite old school tunes
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The star of Roadie takes us through his favorite old school tunes

When someone says the words “Blue Oyster Cult,” you’re more likely to picture Will Ferrell spinning around with a ‘70s beard and a cowbell than anything else. But Ron Eldard’s new movie Roadie takes a look at someone left out of that SNL sketch: the, you guessed it, roadie. Eldard’s character may have some bitter feelings towards BOC and the music scene in general, since he gets fired and sent home to Queens, but luckily, Eldard doesn’t. The actor gave us a playlist of his go-to classic rock tracks. Warning: These songs may lead to cranked car stereos.

“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

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“Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan



“Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin



“You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC



“Baba O’Riley” by The Who



“Dream On” by Aerosmith



“Layla” by Derek and the Dominos



“Hey Hey My My” by Neil Young



“Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult



“Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones



“Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd



On the Songs That Didn’t Make the Cut

“I wouldn’t have any Beatles [on the list]. The Beatles are like everything. They’re not just classic rock, they’re everything. That would the same with Pink Floyd. I love Pink Floyd. But I would put Pink Floyd as a totally separate thing. I mean, they’re Pink Floyd. Same with Queen. And David Bowie.”

On His First Concert

“As a little boy, I was living in Utah with aunts and uncles and they liked country. I think I went and saw Jimmy Dean, like the sausage guy. [Laughs] I think he gave a concert and my aunt and uncle, like they watched Hee-Haw and shit like that. So I’m pretty sure I sat, as a little boy, in a Jimmy Dean concert. Which was ridiculous. But my first real concert was in Madison Square Garden, and I went with a bunch of older dudes that I worked at this chicken place, Chicken Galore, with and it was AC/DC. And it was incredible. I mean, I didn’t really know them, but it still may be one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen. “



On His Real-Life Roadie Gig with BOC

The movie features footage of Eldard performing roadie duties, and it isn’t for some Blue Oyster Cult stand-in. Roadie managed to score the real deal, allowing Eldard to truly play his part for one concert in New York. “That was awesome. We found out they were playing at Long Island and we convinced them that we weren’t going to make fun of them, that this was not a joke movie at their expense. The real roadie, who is in the movie, has been with them for like 13 years. I got to hold the cowbell [laughs]...You know what, I come from a working class life so I understand some of it. Being a roadie is hard, hard work, so I was just like, ‘Make me your bitch, just put me to work. I’ll load shit up and we’ll film it.’ And so they let me do a sound check, they let me load up everything...It was good, it was excellent. We got beautiful footage too.”

Which Band He’d Like to Be a Roadie For

“Well, now you gotta look at who you’re going to have the most fun with. You could be a roadie with the Stones in like the late ‘60s, early ‘70s and you’d have a good time. But if you’re with the Beatles almost anytime...Well, the Beatles or the Stones, you’re going to have a great time. You know, there were just so many fans. I think with one of those bands, at that time, you’re going to have the optimum chance for a great experience and great extracurricular activities. And there’s only four people in the band, so there’s tons to go around! Either of those bands at their height, you’re going to go everywhere in the world and everyone is going to come.” [Editor’s Note: And by “come” we think Mr. Eldard meant “show up” and not “ejaculate.” But there’s no way to be sure. He could have meant both. Chalk it up as another unsolved sexy mystery.]

Roadie is available on Blu-ray and DVD now!

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