My friend Scotty Hays sent me this message today:
To my friends who arent in the ‘biz’ , a RIDER is a document sent in advance of an “entertainers” ( a term I use ever so loosely, generally) performance that outlines to promoters, venue staff, and production people what is expected to be in place, functional, and ready before said performer goes out and does his/her thing. They cover everything from band gear needed (drum kits, gitarz, keyboards, etc), to lighting equipment and stage layout, to dressing room sizes, to the types of food, liquor, and drugs REQUIRED before aforementioned PRIMA DONNA’s will step onstage to WOW us all….They are generally dreadfull reads and lack anything resembling literary ability, and sometimes even lack technical talent as well…We’ve all regurgitated the tired hack about Van Halen and brown M&M’s, but hats off (and shirts if u know Iggy) to Mr Iggy Pop and the Stooges for this wonderful 18 pages of joy….Saul and Lorie- PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE convince Mr Hart to book these guys…I’ll buy 10 tickets AND run the board for the show! I don’t even particularly like his music…..
Here is Iggy's rider
I wish ALL riders were like this. I would go out of my way to supply EVERYTHING, with myself performing as Bob Hope Impersonator….what would Jacksonville’s LOCAL BEER be?
Enjoy indeed. By the way Mr. Hart did book Tony Bennett for December 12!