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Cosmin Lupu
post Apr 5 2013, 08:40 AM
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Everyone that plays in a band, knows what a tech rider is - basically, this sheet of paper will make sure you get all you need for your performance and comfort smile.gif Sounds nice? Well, yeah it is nice and usually, all bands that go pro can't go gigging without one.

Now, we all know what Metallica means - huge band, huge cash, huge everything, right? Take a look at how things started out for them by reading the tech rider below:



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post Apr 5 2013, 08:46 AM
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I saw that yesterday.

all they were looking for were 2 cases of beer and 1 case of soda. But that's just normal for a true metal band (as metallica was ) on beginning of their career.

One of the strangers thing on rider lists was Slayers demand - they want 50.000 live Bees , 100 Snow-white Goats and 200 Blood-Protecting Umbrellas for the upcoming concert in Belgrade \ ,,, /



There are some very odd things on the list, hand sanitizer ? Presumably to get rid of all that blood

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post Apr 5 2013, 10:33 AM
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Just for comparison, here's their rider now. All 24 pages of it. laugh.gif

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post Apr 5 2013, 12:12 PM
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"Hand satanizer" for Slayer... laugh.gif


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post Apr 5 2013, 01:24 PM
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I read somewhere that the 'crazy item' on a rider (like asking for a particular brand of beer or some crazy food item) started life as a safety measure, to check that the rider had been followed correctly. For example, if you went into the dressing room and the beer was the wrong brand or they hadn't supplied the food, you knew they hadn't paid attention to the rider and thus they could have done other things which would put the bands performance or safety at risk, and could refuse to play the show.
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post Apr 5 2013, 02:55 PM
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QUOTE (Socky42 @ Apr 5 2013, 06:33 AM) *
Just for comparison, here's their rider now. All 24 pages of it. laugh.gif

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hahaha yeah, I suspected that the newer one should be more demanding. laugh.gif


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QUOTE (AdamB @ Apr 5 2013, 01:24 PM) *
For example, if you went into the dressing room and the beer was the wrong brand or they hadn't supplied the food, you knew they hadn't paid attention to the rider


Excuse me for interrupting, that's just beyond sick! huh.gif
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post Apr 5 2013, 05:44 PM
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QUOTE (AdamB @ Apr 5 2013, 04:24 AM) *
I read somewhere that the 'crazy item' on a rider (like asking for a particular brand of beer or some crazy food item) started life as a safety measure, to check that the rider had been followed correctly. For example, if you went into the dressing room and the beer was the wrong brand or they hadn't supplied the food, you knew they hadn't paid attention to the rider and thus they could have done other things which would put the bands performance or safety at risk, and could refuse to play the show.


That's the absolute, 100% truth!
And trust me, when a venue/promoter doesn't get a 'stupid' item correct (and doesn't tell you about it with an apology and an explanation) there WILL be something F'd up that is important.


Here's a sarcastic (but culled experientially) take on the 'tour rider' ...

TOUR RIDER FROM THE BAND: 'SCHOOL OF THE DEAD'

Food:*One meal from the cheap-meals menu must be supplied to each band member at that band member’s expense. Meal must be delivered one minute before band is scheduled to perform, so that it sits cooling and drying for several hours until after the show, at which time the band will throw it away.

Dressing Room:*A moldy basement, ill-lighted supply closet, or sticky area next to the stage must be provided for the band.

All walls must be painted black. This area should be unusable due to all of the items stored there. Suggestions: stacked chairs, old beer kegs, broken neon signs.

Beverages:*Venue must provide two beverages at a partially-discounted price to each band member. Beverages must be of the lowest quality possible. Bartender must not recognize drink tickets when presented.

Stage:*Band requires a tiny section of floor barely visible from anywhere else in the room. Preferably there should be a floor-to-ceiling pole directly in front of this area. If possible, please make sure that there are dripping pipes above the stage and that the entire area is poorly lit.

Sound System / Engineer: When band enters venue, nobody who has any knowledge of the evening’s performance must be in attendance. Load in should be through a tiny kitchen door and up a steep set of stairs.

The stage area must have only one set of outlets. One of these outlets must be broken. There are, under no circumstances, to be extension cords in the venue.

Only one vocal microphone must be supplied for the four singers. This microphone must be taped to a broken and wobbly microphone stand.

No clips can be present.

There is to be no soundperson, especially if one was promised. Please make sure the bartender leaves a few messages on the absent soundperson’s voice mail.

Bartender must have no knowledge of the sound system or where any of the switches are.

Promotion:*Venue must not display any of the flyers sent by the band. The website must list a different band or a poker-night for the date of this show. In a perfect world, the bartender and any other staff should have no knowledge of this show ever being booked and preferably they should be a bit annoyed that the band is there in the first place.

Televisions:*The music venue must have three or more large screen televisions mounted on walls. Various sports channels must be showing. The volume should be set at a level that competes with the band’s music. Preferably one of these TVs should be above and behind the band.

Merchandising:*The venue must provide the band with a small chair or shaky table on which to display their merchandise. This unit must be placed in an unreachable and dark corner of the room. When asked for this, the staff must act as though they have never heard of such a thing.

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post Apr 6 2013, 09:32 AM
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QUOTE (Socky42 @ Apr 5 2013, 09:33 AM) *
Just for comparison, here's their rider now. All 24 pages of it. laugh.gif

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WOW.


I'm amazed at the popularity of Gatorade over there. I tried it once and it was horrible.


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post Apr 6 2013, 12:58 PM
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How does your band's tech rider look like? But seriously, no jokes about it smile.gif I am curious to see as many answers as possible on this one!


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