Airwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1325 times:
Too funny. From first hand experience, I know it's all too true.
I remember staying at the Four Seasons Philadelphia the weekend the Los Angeles Lakers were in town. They pretty much took over the hotel--my family was even relocated to a different floor; seems we were staying on the floor the team was going to occupy. We were given an upgraded room, though. It was kinda funny to see this beautiful hotel lobby turned into little more than a locker room when all the players' bags and such came in. And room service one night took forever; seems we called our order down just after the entire team returned from practice or something.
When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20539 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1265 times:
The Smoking Gun regularly releases copies of riders for celebrities and public figures. IIRC, VP Cheney insists on Fox News already turned on in his hotel suite.
It's not really news unless you're impressed by such things. Riders have been around for eons, and are a standard part of talent contracts. Remember, you have a contingent of people on the road--they must be looked after to a certain standard. The rider says what that standard is to be.
To be honest, these really aren't high demands at all.
If you want outrageous...
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 5): The Smoking Gun regularly releases copies of riders for celebrities and public figures. IIRC, VP Cheney insists on Fox News already turned on in his hotel suite.
...see also Jennifer Lopez's dressing room when she did a -CHARITY- performance one time. Mariah Carey is also a good read, too.
These's a couple of other light hearted favorites on there...
Blink 182 would request certain m&m or jolly ranchers flavors, etc., just mainly as pranks to the staff of these venues.
Fleetwood Mac, remembering the day when they were poor and would spend all their money on Remy-Martin, but not have enough money for decent glasses, does a back stage toast using plastic cups still to this day.
Neil Diamond eats chinese take out on a china plate before every show.
Eternal darkness we all should dread. It's hard to party when you're dead.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13078 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1250 times:
Some of these requests are primarily for security, to keep out spys for the other teams or for betters, keep out over intrusive fans, limit distractions from family and firends, keep out trouble items (like alcohol), to make sure the players stick to a schedule for their and the teams benefit. That meeting rooms must be not be adjacent to any other event in the hotel makes security sense (especially if drunks in the wedding party want to crash). Still, it was wrong to disclose some of the info for security reasons and I hope the leaker is punished.
Galapagapop From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 910 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1210 times:
Fairly standard and rather low demands, I know for baseball teams it's a tad more intricate as the team emphasizes peace from fans pretty much all the time, unless from returning from a game. They let em gather around the ropes outside, but once inside if your a guest, employees will often treat you with your pen and ball as if your holding a live grenade. This mainly has to do with the superstitions around pitchers on game day rather than everyday players, who on their own usually run into a fan or two. Baseball teams for the most part all stick to the same hotels in each city, with the exception or two as the one chosen eventually gets a knack for handling it and becomes the status quo.
Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1118 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 5): Riders have been around for eons, and are a standard part of talent contracts. Remember, you have a contingent of people on the road--they must be looked after to a certain standard. The rider says what that standard is to be.
Exactly... when you're basically living on the road, the last thing you want is a cheap ass sleezebag promoter (am I being redundant?) putting you in the cheapest, crappiest hotel/restaurant/airline seat they can get their hands on.
Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 12): Van Halen had the thing about no brown M&Ms. I wouldn't call it a prank but more so a good way to know if the promoter actually read the rider.
Percisely...when I'm writing scopes of work for a project (especially a project out of town or for a dealer we haven't worked with before) it's not uncommon for me to write in requirements that aren't necessarially critical but give me an idea if the dealer has read the contract/what to expect (i.e. "Two weeks prior to the scheduled onsite startup date the dealer shall ________"). It's hit or miss if they actually do it, and when they don't it gives me an idea of (a) who I'm working with and (b) what to expect.
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