While some musicians go all Mommie Dearest when creating a tour rider (“No wire hangers!”), others don’t take the task quite as seriously. Iggy and the Stooges, or more accurately, their stage manager Jos Grain, is one hilarious example.
The Smoking Gun has received an updated tour rider from the band.The 28-page document reads like a conversation rather than a guideline and is filled with items that will make you laugh out loud and wish these things were released more often.
Some of the highlights include helpful picture references (in case “folding, metal chair” wasn’t descriptive enough), asides like when the band asks for two heavy duty, straight cymbal stands: “But we are equal opportunity employers, so gay stands may apply also. (They won’t get the fucking job though…),” or when they say they need a monitor man “who speaks good English and is not afraid of death (Only joking…or am I?).” They also go off on wild, sometimes inappropriate, rants that can only be understood in context and have very specific requirements for food: “Cauliflower & broccoli, cut into individual florets and thrown immediately into the garbage. I fucking hate that.”
The whole rider can be read here. Check it out and leave a comment telling us your favorite part.