Ongoing History Daily: Still more contract rider run

Yesterday, we discussed various contract riders.  This is the part of the agreement a band signs with a promoter that outlines what sort of amenities will be provided to them backstage. 

  • The Foo Fighters, for example, caution all promoters that “Dave Grohl loves stinky cheese.” 
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers make it clear that Flea requires a special meditation room, preferably a room that’s been painted in any colour but blue.  The Peppers also demand that all bottled water must come from either Hawaii or Australia. 
  • Back to the Foos: The band will fine a promoter $100 for any misspellings or stupid typos in the wording of their performance contract. 
  • Actually, maybe they should go over Trent Reznor’s rider which reads “linen napkins, china plates, cups and bowels.”

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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