A little look into my past with music, I've had the honor of touring with Bands like Mae, the Working title and there's a video out there in the cloud of me on stage with the Counting Crows. Those were the days! But it all began when I scouted a Singer/Songwriter named Macek. You can check him out at www.erickmacek.com. From little ole Lancaster to booking him at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, it's been quite a ride.
So when you start to rise up in the music industry as a musician or band, you start to have some leverage. When you rise from being contracted by the amount of people who come in the door just to have the privilege to play the space you then reach a new level with management and and agent where they negotiate a deal to get you PAID!
So the definition of a Rider in the sense I'm talking about today is as follows:
Rider: (noun): an addition or amendment to a document, testament, etc.
So when a contract is negotiated, the booking agent/manager will submit a rider. The rider will talk about specifics needed on the technical side, but also on the "Not So Technical Side". You can tell by the above picture of a Rider submitted for Katy Perry's 2011 tour, the demands can be so off the wall and specific it would make anyone go insane!
Here are some I found on OK! Magazine's Website: Click HERE for the reference and full site.
Mariah Carey is known for being one of the ultimate divas—so it’s no surprise that she has some pretty high demands! Highlights of her past tour rider requests include lashings of Cristal champagne (and bendy straws to drink it with!!); an attendant to dispose of her used chewing gum; two air purifiers; bottles of vitamin water to bathe her dogs in; all of the furniture must be black, dark grey, cream or dark pink, with “no busy patterns”; a lamp or clip light must be provided so that any “harsh lighting” may be turned off and… ermm…20 white kittens and 100 white doves!
She may like to be known as “Jenny from the block” but Lopez is anything but down to earth when it comes to her tour demands! Amongst J-Lo’s past requests—room temperature be kept at a strict 25.5°C; two humidifiers; two oscillating fans; room temperature Evian water; no tomato, apple or grape juices; her dressing room be painted white and everything inside be white too… including white flowers, white tables and tablecloths, white drapes, white candles, white sheets, white couches, white lilies, white roses… you get the drift!
The Beatles were known for their tour riders back in the day—including requests such as, “four cots, mirrors, an ice cooler, portable TV set, clean towels and a platform for Ringo Starr and his drums.” And Paul McCartney is keeping the demands going now he’s solo. Amongst recent requests is one for four six-foot tall regular plants and19 six-foot tall leafy green plants in his dressing room.
Iggy Pop’s tour rider runs for 18 pages! Included: a USA Today article about morbidly obese people; seven short people dressed up as characters from Snow White and a Bob Hope impersonator on call 24-7. In addition, a pack of cards, “For me… in case one of the band’s girlfriends fancies a quick game of strip poker while the band are on stage.”
Now can you imagine being in charge of up to 14 bands in one venue over the course of 2 days and all of their demands? Word to all of our stage managers, you have your work cut out for you! Thankfully we have and are still accepting applications for volunteers who are interested in assisting with the dressing rooms. I haven't seen anything too crazy just yet, but there are quite a few "Unique" demands if I can say that much!
That's all for today and thanks again for coming by! Hope you enjoyed the ride and if you are still looking for stocking stuffers, tickets are still available!
Cheers, Egg Nog and Jingle Bells,