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Apart from being rich and famous, many artists today are getting increasingly demanding with some of the requests that they list on their backstage riders.

Grapevine has it that the band that started it all was Van Halen!  The story that most people remember is when they asked for a bowl of M&Ms with the request that all of the brown ones be removed by hand.  The rider specified, "…There will be no brown M&M's in the backstage area, upon pain of forfeiture of the show, with full compensation..."  While this may seem like an odd request, there was a very valid reason behind it.  The band travelled with very complex equipment that required stringent setup guidelines for safety.  Their rider specified in intricate detail the specifications for setting up the equipment.  Their premise was that if they found brown M&Ms backstage, the promoter had obviously not read every line of the contract and they ran the risk of malfunctioning equipment during their performance and not to mention, significant liabilities…

 

 

 Today, riders exist at all levels of the entertainment world but obviously the higher their profile, the more those artists can get away with.  We at www.ConcertRiders.com have been in the entertainment business for many years and have secured a wide range of complete artist riders that we make available to you in PDF format.  We know how demanding an artist can be and with the state of our economy today, the price of booking an artist after factoring in their rider can be a deal breaker. Do not let this experience put a damper on your next event -- join us and experience the ease and peace of mind of having all of your information at your fingertips… Sign up and “ride” with us at ConcertRiders.com.