When Salt Lake City’s Mike and Lindsay Holshue tied the knot in early June, they knew exactly where they wanted to go on their honeymoon.
And that is exactly what the newlyweds did, as two weeks after their nuptials they began a summer stint as members of the Warped Tour road crew.
From June 16 to Aug. 5 the couple visited 41 cities in the United States and Canada, with Mike part of the set-up crew and Lindsay a marketer for one of the tour sponsors.
Their unique summer ensured that they became some of the stars of a new reality show, “Warped Roadies,” that will debut tonight at 9 p.m. Mountain time on Fuse TV.
“It’s a good way to show your family and friends what you did over the summer,” Lindsay said in a Tribune interview.
The series provides a behind-the-scenes look at one of the longest-running and popular tours of the summer, the Vans Warped Tour, which each year showcases scores of hard-rock and punk bands (but in recent years it has expanded its diversity, with acts such as Katy Perry and Paramore joining the summer trek).
In 51 days, Mike and Lindsay traveled 16,000 miles to set up the 41 shows for over 250 bands. Altogether, roadies on the 2012 tour consumed 82,000 meals and over 18,000 cups of coffee, all while battling rainstorms and record heat in one of the hottest summers on record. It seems as if each year, The Warped Tour always happens to fall on the hottest day of the year in each respective city.
Mike and Lindsay aren’t the only Salt Lake City residents who are Warped roadies, and the debut episode focuses on the first concert of the 2012 tour, in Salt Lake City at the Utah State Fairpark. One of the highlights of the episode is when Utah County band The Used performs 14 minutes longer than they were scheduled for, earning them the ire of the gruff tour manager. (For the record,The Used frontman Bert McCracken said in a Tribune interview this week that they performed long because they were excited to be in front of a home-state crowd. “It’s cool for Fuse to make us look like bad-asses,” he said.)
After eight years together and past experiences as roadies, Mike and his bride wanted what Lindsay said was “punk-rock honeymoon,” though being a roadie on the grueling tour is no vacation. “There’s no rest for the wicked,” Mike acknowledged.
The two met when Mike was playing in the band Hollow at Salt Lake City’s Club Bliss, and from the crowd Lindsay noticed a band member she found cute. So she did what any normal woman would do. “She put a dollar bill in my waistband,” Mike said. “The rest is history.”
Mike first became a roadie to network with other bands, but soon became a full-time roadie, traveling all over the world. Lindsay entered the business by being a make-up artist for bands on tour, and worked her way up to marketing from the back stages of the Warped Tour.
Brad Schwartz, senior vice president of programming and operations at Fuse, said once filming for the new series began, Mike and Lindsay stood out. “The Warped Tour attracts a unique type of character and we’re excited to tell their stories to music lovers everywhere,” he told The Tribune. “Punk rock honeymooners Mike and Lindsay Holshue took the touring experience to the next level when they decided to go on the tour only two weeks after their wedding. We can’t wait to see how viewers respond to their unconventional fairy tale.”
That particular sentence was the first time ever the phrase “fairy tale” was used in conjunction with the Warped Tour.
Fuse TV can be found in Salt Lake City on:
Channel 476 — Comcast
Channel 339 — DirecTV
Channel 164 — DISH TV