Machine Gun Kelly Spills Details About Cameron Crowe's TV Comedy 'Roadies'

Machine Gun Kelly attends The New York Premiere Of Relativity Media's "Beyond the Lights"
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Machine Gun Kelly attends The New York Premiere of "Beyond the Lights" at Regal Union Square Stadium on November 13, 2014 in New York City. 

Details about Cameron Crowe's TV comedy Roadies have been scant, but 24-year-old rapper Machine Gun Kelly (aka Colson Baker), who plays a guitar tech in the Showtime pilot, tells Billboard of one unexpected twist: The headlining band, whose narcissistic tendencies drive the narrative, will not be shown at all. "The band has this huge production -- amps, merch, guitars, a lighting rig -- but you'll only see, like, a hand," says Kelly, who also appears in the film Punk Is Dead, the sequel to 1998 cult-hit SLC Punk, which will premiere at Cannes in May.

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Kelly, whose new song "A Little More," arrives March 31, landed the Roadies role by arriving at the audition in what he describes as "Eddie Vedder shorts" and a Led Zeppelin tour T-shirt. He later impressed casting director Gail Levin with a Christmas Eve phone call extolling Nirvana's lesser-known debut album, Bleach. ("There are those who thought Nirvana was a bunch of noise, and those who knew they had a Nevermind in them; which one is [Crowe]?") He got the gig soon after.

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Roadies, which stars Christina Hendricks and Luke Wilson, is Crowe's first major foray into TV. The director-writer has, however, chronicled the backstage drama of bands real and fake in such films as 2000's Almost Famous and 2011 documentary Pearl Jam Twenty.There's no word yet on if the show will be picked up as a series. News of its fate is expected in early April.

This story originally appeared in the April 4th issue of Billboard.


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