PERKS: Todd Burrows (right) with Spiderbait drummer Kram.
PERKS: Todd Burrows (right) with Spiderbait drummer Kram. contributed

Bundy man worked for Kiss, Michael Jackson and Elton John

NOT many people can say they've set up a gig for The Beach Boys and Full House star John Stamos, let alone taken him out to a strip club for a night on the town.

NewsMail business development executive Todd Burrows might live life in the quiet lane these days but his action-packed 20s and early-30s are a time he looks back on fondly.

Elton John, Jimmy Barnes, Johnny Diesel, Spiderbait, the Offspring, Midnight Oil, the Screaming Jets, Sepultura and Pennywise adorn the list of people Mr Burrows has personally met, and list of sets he's worked on only gets bigger.

"I worked for Kiss, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, the Wiggles, Disney on Ice - a massive variety of bands," he said.

In his former life, Mr Burrows worked for some 12 years as a roadie setting up stages, lighting and sound for a star-studded list of artists touring Australia.

A guitar player himself, the musician became hooked on the lifestyle from the age of 12 when his brother took him to his first gig to see Queen in 1984.

He's seen telescopic lights come crashing down, danced on stage and partied with the best of them, but Mr Burrows said he wouldn't trade his life now for anything.

"I had an offer from Cirque Du Soleil to travel the world with them, which I didn't take," he said.

His lifestyle commitments at the time took priority over world-wide travel, but he says he doesn't regret a thing.

"I'm really happy where I am now and if I had have gone I probably wouldn't have the daughters I've got and I probably wouldn't be here, so I'm happy with the decision," he said.

After a bad car accident left his left leg sliced and bolted back together, Mr Burrows said the nightlife and heavy lifting wasn't sustainable anymore.

The former roadie moved to Bundaberg to be with family and said the town had been so good to him he feels the need to give back.

From working behind a bar to becoming involved with lighting and projections in the cinema, Mr Burrows made the progression through computer operation and store management to digital production and online business development.

"I thought I could help more local business grow their business and come up with online marketing strategies," he said.

"If you're not online these days you're crazy.

"Supporting local business and helping the small local guys grow and compete against the big guys is the answer to making it profitable for everybody and getting a sound economic community going where we're all looking after each other. That's the goal."

If you're a business owner looking for that extra edge contact Todd on 4153 8518 or email Todd.Burrows@ news-mail.com.au



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