Iggy Pop, the Bordeaux Connoisseur: The Funniest Food Requests on Riders

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ITO EN, you're all that I wanted in a tea.
The next time someone calls you a picky eater, direct them to Weezer's backstage rider for their 2010 tour.

Weezer demands that both regular and Canadian bacon be available for breakfast, that there be almond butter but no peanut butter, that there must be carbonated water but also non-sparkling spring water and that their barbecue meat selection include whole grain buns on the spread.

The band also requires all of their food to be organic, their trail mix to be Flanigan Farms Nuts 'n Things in an orange bag, their Chardonnay to be Rombauer, their Cabernet to be Jordan, their avocados to be Haas and their bread to be Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain.

There is a hierarchy to the types of chocolate bars allowed in the dressing rooms: Teuscher, then Vosges, then that crap pile Lindt if nothing else (of 70 percent cacao content or higher, that is) is available.

And their tea must be unsweetened Pure Green tea from ITO EN. (Although, to be fair, I love that stuff too.)

Backstage riders from celebrities -- usually singers -- have long been popular fodder for conversation over at The Smoking Gun. And we thought we'd comb through the sites 300-plus riders to find the funniest food requests in the bunch.

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Mr. Pop spilled some wine on himself during this performance. (Wait, what? That's not wine?)
Take Blondie, for example. Original punk rock princess Debbie Harry still requires a ton of booze in her backstage dressing room, but she's mellowed with age: There's also an emphasis on stocking local products. And her musicians are showing their age, too, requesting food for smoothies -- including lots of bananas -- as well as health food like Clif bars and Activia.

Iggy Pop -- perhaps the prince of punk to Debbie Harry's princess -- also cares about local food, going so far as to say he'll eat anything from local places, even endangered animals. The rest of his rider is similarly cheeky, except when it comes to wine:

2 bottles of smooth, full-bodied, Bordeaux-type wine. Probably French. And something we've heard of, but still can't pronounce.

Look, there's fucking loads of red wines. Ask the man in the wine shop. Or here's a number of suggestions:

1st choice Medoc, St. Emilion, Pamerol, or Pauillac, years '86, '89, '90. 2nd choice Barolo or Barbaresco '89 or '90.

Well, damn. I'll drink with you any day or night, Mr. Pop.

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This is how you get David Lee Roth's boot up your ass.
Van Halen's infamous rider which banished brown M&Ms also held other eccentricities as well: food scheduled on odd and even days, as if this were a day care center feeding toddlers, and the stipulation that two meals out of every five must be vegetarian or Chinese. We're not going to even get into the creepy request for a tube of K-Y Jelly.

And although I expected Kanye West's rider to be similarly picky, the food requirements were instead quite standard compared to his beauty regimen necessities. Kanye hates Coke but he loves hot sauce.

As expected, the only alcohol allowed on Donny Osmond's tour is O'Doul's. We bet he's loads of fun at the afterparties.

Like the fanciest Osmond, Clay Aiken also doesn't allow alcohol backstage. Aiken also apparently has a plethora of food allergies and/or is an extremely picky eater, as his rider demands that his freshly prepared meal must not contain nuts, mushrooms, coffee, mint, chocolate or shellfish. He also has Asian nights on Tuesdays and Mexican nights on Wednesdays. In case you're wondering, breakfast has its own days too: Lucky Charms on Tuesdays, Life on Wednesdays and -- for some reason -- Cream of Wheat on Saturdays.

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anonymous
anonymous

Iggy may have good taste in wine but if that's taken directly from his rider he needs to learn how to spell Pomerol.

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

Oh, leave the Iggy alone.  He tears ass up onstage.  I've seen this wild motherfucker three times in Houston.  Iggy delivers the goods.  I'll give him his weirdness & then some.  Fuck Clay.  Prince can also demand whatever he wants. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

Kanye asks for no Coke products, but then asks for Sprite Zero...dumbass.

trisch
trisch

Interesting piece! Love reading through some of the riders. John Mayer is insufferable even without looking at his rider. Yick. I agree, Iggy Pop's is a work of art.  It was interesting to see the whole Eminem rider as well -- the differences between the catering request for Eminem's dressing room (deli sandwiches) vs. the ones for D-12 and 50 Cent's rooms (buckets of fried chicken).  Also, note that it's for the Japan dates of the 2003 tour -- pretty specific brand names to track down there, but I guess theoretically you can get anything you want in Japan, it's just a question of how many yen it'll cost.

rgwalt
rgwalt

Whatever happened to the rider for:No Moet, no Show-yNo Chandon, no Rock On

?

Judyannanderson
Judyannanderson

Catherine...yes, Clay Aiken is allergic to mushrooms, tree nuts, coffee, mint, chocolate and shellfish.  

Journey killed rock and roll
Journey killed rock and roll

It all started with the Rolling Stones and their alleged proclivity for green M&Ms, but maybe that was a euphemism?

Back in the day, when I covered music, I was not allowed to interview Van Halen until I...wait for it...

...took a shot (or two) of Jack Daniels with David Lee Roth! Now that's a sacrifice. The JD part, I mean.

JarrodJM
JarrodJM

Heard a This American Life episode that talked about the Van Halen rider. They said the purpose for the pickiness was to make sure tour managers read the fine print. If they are going to eff up your m&m's, who says they aren't going to mess up your stage setup and cause the stage to collapse.

Stacy Zane
Stacy Zane

Haha, great article. I'm not surprised about Ozzie - I actually met him recently, he was staying at our  hotel in Paris and he was THE NICEST guy ever. Prince of Sweetness is more like it. As for the tard ordering up Chocolate pop tarts...hello!? Brown sugar cinnamon is where it's at! Finding out about these lists always either makes me hate the celebrity or completely fall in love with them. In this case, Iggy Pop gets some major points but Weezer? I'm disappointed. 

Bruce R
Bruce R

That's surprising because he seems like such a man's man.

Laurie
Laurie

This was the first thing I thought of when I read this post. I am glad I am not the only NPR nerd/food person who reads this blog. Love you Ira!

Megan
Megan

I read Foo Fighters' latest rider, which was hilarious (a coloring book!).  Dave Grohl told TSG that he would be happy with microwave burritoes, but they write their rider with the crew in mind - they want to make sure they are well-fed.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

If you get a chance, read Iggy Pop's entire tour rider. It is a work of genius.

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