The History of Musicians' Riders - The Early Years

What your favorite musicians request on tour


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Frank Sinatra
  • One bottle premium white wine and premium red
  • One bottle each of Absolut or Stolichnaya Vodka, Jack Daniels, Chivas Regal, Courvoisier and Beefeater Gin

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  • Snooth User: Mark Angelillo
    Founding Member Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Frank Sinatra had amazing style. What a classy, well-stocked bar to keep around at all times. +1

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM

  • No tequila on Jimmy Buffett's rider? Wow! I really thought
    that he should have hired me to be his on stage bar
    Mixologist.... I have for many years now been the on stage
    "Bartender" for Jack Johnson.... It's a fun part of my job
    to be creative and make different sorts of refreshments
    for Jack and his band, family and friends.- Los Arroyo's

    Aug 10, 2011 at 5:35 PM

  • Snooth User: Leah Mansback
    Hand of Snooth
    555565 1,298

    Great start to a series! I can't wait to read more. Some of those riders are pretty demanding.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 5:35 PM

  • Snooth User: Cliff Top
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    When performing in New Zealand, the rock band Tool insisited on drinking The Hay Paddock Syrah back stage. This is a $75 per bottle wine. Were they just insisting on having the most expensive tipple provided by the promoter? No, seems the lead singer has a superb cellar and a good palate. It is easy to make the wrong assumptions about true lovers of wine.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:23 PM

  • A bands rider is actually the bands expense,
    not the promoters in most cases. It's really a
    shopping list for the local promoter to have on
    hand for the band when they arrive in that
    particular city... Only in some cases are the items
    on a bands rider coming out of the promoters
    pocket, it all depends on the contract.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 11:42 PM

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