Backline Technician

Based in the West Midlands (UK), Shire Guitars' Brendon Riley travels the world looking after guitars, amps and the guys who play them.  He's worked as far and wide as Malaysia, Australia, Scandinavia, Russia, Sri Lanka, mainland Europe and all over the UK.

Whether it’s a tour in a van, on a sleeper bus, or flying to destinations eager for live music, Brendon has experience with it all and has worked at all levels from major festivals, stadiums and arenas to O2 Academy tours and smaller private functions.

In his own words

I am predominantly a guitar and bass technician, but I am able to adapt/double up as a drum tech, and I have been known to tech for the occasional keyboard player along the way.  I'm personally responsible for the equipment of the artist I'm supporting.  One guitarist may have 20 amplifiers and five guitars on the road with them - it's up to me to ensure they're always in full working order, no matter what!  When I'm on tour my duties include:

  • Loading/unloading of stage equipment
  • Setting up and testing of amps and cabs
  • Daily maintenance and testing of guitars (re-stringing, polishing, cleaning, adjusting) in line with artist requirements
  • Troubleshooting and resolving potential issues to ensure smooth running of operations
  • Careful and methodical packing down of equipment ready for transportation to next destination
  • Communication with artists to ensure positive working relationship and streamlined processes
  • Driving services when required

In addition to the above, I am:

  • An experienced van driver, with a full and clean UK driving licence
  • A British citizen with a clean British passport
  • DBS checked


I've been working as a backline technician since 2012.  Below is a summary of the artists I've worked with and the roles I've performed for each.

Steel Panther (UK & Europe / 2023)
Guitar & bass technician

Wingmen (UK / 2023)
Guitar & bass technician

Fozzy (UK / 2022)
Guitar & bass technician

Reef (UK / 2021-22)
Guitar technician

Andy Taylor (UK / 2021)
Guitar technician

Jane McDonald (UK / 2021)
Guitar, bass & keyboard technician

Jason Donovan (UK & Ireland / 2021)
Guitar, bass & keyboard technician

Edwyn Collins (UK / 2019)
Guitar technician

Sundara Karma (UK & Europe / 2017 & 2019)
Guitar, bass & keyboard technician

Fun Lovin' Criminals (UK & Europe / 2017 - present)
Guitar technician

Magnum (UK, Europe & Worldwide / 2015 - present)
Guitar & bass technician

The Wonder Stuff (UK & Europe / 2015 - present)
Guitar, bass & drum technician

Smokie (UK, Europe & Worldwide / 2012 - present)
Guitar & bass technician, stage manager

The Human League (UK / 2018)
Set fabrication

Slade (UK & Europe / 2014 - 2018)
Guitar & bass technician, stage manager

The Stranglers (UK & Europe / 2017)
Guitar & bass technician

Thunder (Europe / 2017)
Guitar & bass technician

Ray Davies (UK / 2017)
Studio guitar technician

Keith Emerson Tribute Event (UK / 2017)
Guitar, bass & drum technician

The Sweet (UK / 2014)
Drum technician

The Waterboys (UK & Europe / 2012)
Guitar, bass, drum, keyboard & lap steel technician

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