ALL OF THIS LOT FOR A START
Continuing JRE’s musical theme today:
Along with its collections of celebrity mugshots, incriminating documents (where it’s being challenged by Web-2.0-a-riffic upstart Wikileaks), and other legal paraphernalia, The Smoking Gun maintains an exceptionally large collection of concert riders.
Most of them are terrifically anodyne (Marilyn Manson just wants gummi bears and Doritos) - and regrettably they don’t have Van Halen’s near-mythical “there will be no brown M&M’s in the backstage area, upon pain of forfeiture of the show, with full compensation”. But there’s a few gems in there:
50 Cent demands a box of Montecristo cigars - surely Mr. Cent knows that Cuban cigars are illegal in the USA?;
Christina Aguilera requires a police escort to the arena;
Guns ‘n’ Roses would like an “assortment of adult magazines”.
But the one most worthy of your time is Iggy Pop’s rider. Sample quote (and this is just the second page):
_1x13inch and 1x14inch TOM-TOM, WITH MOUNTING. And if you can’t bring the mounting to us, we’ll have to send a bloke called Mohammed to the mounting. A stand mount would be fine, or a bass drum mount. Herre endeth the sermon on the mounting.__
It only gets funnier from there.