Ongoing History Daily: A Bob Hope impersonator? WTF?

It’s time for another look at the greatest contract riders in history.  The rider is the part of the deal that the promoter strikes with a performer over what will be supplied to the artist on the day of the show.  It’s supposed to cover everything from the nature of the load-in of the equipment to–and this is the interesting part–what needs to be supplied to the artist backstage in the dressing room. 

Here’s what Iggy Pop once requested in an 18-page rider:

  • A copy of USA Today, seven dwarfs dressed up as the characters in Snow White
  • Something unmentionable about morbidly obese people
  • A Bob Hope impersonator to “perform jokes about golf, Hollywood and Bing Crosby.” 

Iggy is a big golfer, but I had no idea he liked to warm up for a gig this way.  Or so he says.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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