When I go on the road, I have a concert rider to show what I need both onstage and backstage. I have to say, my rider is pretty boring. For the green room I ask for the usual: food and drinks, and nothing specific in terms of brands. The only thing I really care about is the request for BANANAS, because that’s my favorite thing to eat before going on stage (maybe a little weird?). I don’t even request beer or liquor backstage, which I think is pretty unusual for touring bands.
This past week while on the road I was talking to a few concert promoters about weird requests, such as a bathtub filled with warm water upon arrival at the hotel and a new toilet seat installed backstage, and while I was horrified to hear of such outrageous requests, the promoters themselves made a good point that putting something in the rider that’s very specific shows the artist that the venue is really paying attention to their needs and wants to take care of them. (Also, having seen many venue’s backstage areas, I think some new toilet seats might be a good idea. Just sayin.)
So I did some research online. There are quite a few websites that talk about outrageous riders: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/backstage, this article from ABC, and this article from Business Insider, in which we learn that Taylor Swift eats like she lives in a dorm room (sooo many calories). A lot of the requests are for specific foods or drinks, but some are more interesting. Coldplay asks for 8 pre-stamped local postcards to send to faraway family, Celine Dion requets a Ear Nose & Throat Specialist on call the day of the performance, and quite a few riders request new socks and underwear. The socks thing I can understand, but underwear? I do NOT want promoters providing me with underwear.
What do you think I should request in my backstage rider? ALL ideas are welcome (outrageous and practical), but please explain why you think it would make a good addition!
Update: Diana Krall’s Rider is full of absolutely FASCINATING and quite practical information, including how she wants to be filmed / photographed for optimal results (I totally get this. Some people really don’t know how to photograph a singing piano player). Read it here: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/backstage/divas/diana-krall-0