So in a not so fancy way, a rider is where the artist/band tells us what they want/need in order to perform. Now most of the time, these are simple requests. Bottled water, stage towels, equipment etc. Now there are other times where I find myself shaking my head at my desk in awe. Granted I can get it... you are on the road touring from venue to venue and you are provided certain perks. Also I know that bands like to throw in an item or two that is meant to be a joke. 1 rubber chicken, bowl of yellow M&M's, etc. Now last week I got to work with a pile of contracts on my desk. Now I would be lying if I don't find some amusement in going through these contracts. It's interesting to see who wants what. A bottle of Jack Daniels here, a deli tray there.... 2 sleeves of red solo cups on stage prior to line check... yeah. What in the world will you need with 2 sleeves of red solo cups. Well within the job description we don't ask questions. Negotiate, yes. When you spend X amount on the fee of a band, plus meals and lodging, an additional $2,000 worth of "stuff" in your rider is a bit ridiculous. But it is what it is and like I said, sometimes all I can do is shake my head and hope the stage manager has an A+ reputation in negotiation. I'm low on rubber chickens this year.
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