Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: More contract rider fun

One of the most important obligations of a concert promoter is the contract rider. This is the part of the contract with a band that specifies what the promoter will provide for the group backstage. What you’re about to hear is 100% true.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers require underwear. Boxers only. Why? Well, think about it. When you’re on the road, playing night after night, when do you ever get a chance to do laundry? A surprising number of groups will request that the promoter will provide them with clean underwear and/or socks.

Then there’s the Foo Fighters. The Foos are also very specific on which vegetables cannot appear on the backstage deli tray. I quote: “No cauliflower because cauliflower blows!”

More next time.

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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