Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, January 28, 2008 7:32 am

Much more entertaining than “a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones taken out”

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 7:32 am
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For the non-rock ‘n’ roll among you, contract riders for touring rock bands list all the equipment, backstage facilities and miscellaneous other stuff the band members require — everything from amplifiers to foodstuffs. They can make for severe headaches for concert promoters but entertaining reading for civilians. Perhaps the most famous example, possibly apocryphal, is the Van Halen requirement that there be a bowl of M&Ms in the band’s dressing room with all the brown M&Ms picked out of the bowl.

Via Mostly Modern Media, here’s a copy of the contract rider for Iggy Pop and the Stooges. It’s 18 pages long, and whoever wrote it appears to have written it with entertainment for the reader uppermost in his mind. Good for him/her. I read a bunch of these things back in my music-bidness days, and this is easily the most entertaining I’ve ever come across.

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1 Comment

  1. Splendid! The only time I saw Iggy he was supporting the Sex Pistols in Finsbury Park, London. Kind of Woodstock with a very bad attitude . . .

    Comment by Nick — Tuesday, January 29, 2008 3:46 am @ 3:46 am


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