The History of Musicians' Riders - The Early Years

What your favorite musicians request on tour


Everyone loves to hear about celebs in their more humanistic moments. We crave to hear about where they go on weekends, what they buy at the grocery store and, better yet, what weird things they request while on tour. It is always strangely fascinating to hear what your favorite musician insists on drinking, or what that actress you can't stand refuses to eat.

Over the next few weeks we will be running a series of slideshows based on just that fascination, and will be filling you in on what exactly your favorite musicians had to have with them on tour in order to adequately perform. This week we bring you the early years, with musicians ranging from the debonair Frank Sinatra to the margarita-loving Jimmy Buffett.

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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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Eric Clapton

  • Two bottles of medium white wine, two bottles of red wine
  • 48 bottles of Corona
  • Two bottles of Smirnoff Vodka

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The Who

  • Two bottles dry French white wine
  • 24 bottles of English beer
  • 24 bottles of Corona
  • Six cans of Draught Guinnes
  • One bottle of Smirnoff Vodka

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Crosby, Stills & Nash

  • One bottle Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
  • 1/2 case of bottled beer from a local microbrewery

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Stevie Nicks

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Jimmy Buffett

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  • Snooth User: Mark Angelillo
    Founding Member Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    2 5,324

    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
    906392 0

    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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