Cameron Crowe Returns To His ‘Almost Famous’ Roots In New Series ‘Roadies’

Sixteen years after Almost Famous won over audiences with its earnest depiction of music and journalism, director Cameron Crowe is revisiting his rock roots for his first foray into television.

Crowe is the writer, creator, director, and executive producer of Roadies, a new Showtime series premiering this summer. Roadies, like Almost Famous, revolves around a fictional band touring the U.S. — only this time, the focus is on the unsung heroes working backstage to make arena concerts come to life.

The first trailer for the series opens with a poignant Tom Petty quote: “I think the general public has no idea what roadies do. Bless ‘em all. I just play the songs.” From there, we see stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, and, strangely enough, Machine Gun Kelly working and musing and skateboarding backstage. Fittingly soundtracked by Eddie Vedder’s cover of “Hard Sun,” the preview has that wistful, indie vibe Crowe’s known for, and plenty of “do it for the music” sentimentality.

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