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Sheryl Crow '10

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Sheryl Crow Backstage Rider 2010

Sheryl Crow '10

Touring the United States and Europe, Sheryl Crow arrives at venues with an assortment of environmental demands certain to vex concert promoters, according to a review of the musician’s 2010 backstage rider.

The document, excerpted here, actually has a 2-1/2 page “environmental portion” to be “strictly followed and policed.” Seeking to “minimize the overall environmental impact of our tour,” Crow demands that only biodegradable cups and dinnerware be used by the caterer. Produce should be “organic and purchased from local suppliers as much as possible.” And for the five backstage “watering stations,” water “must be sourced from a local spring water vendor.”

According to Crow’s rider, her tour party travels between gigs in two 45-foot buses, while her equipment is packed into two tractor-trailers.

Crow, 48, also offers promoters “venue greening suggestions.” She wants “traditional light bulbs” swapped out for compact fluorescent bulbs in “all offices, dressing rooms and common areas.” “Eco-friendly cleaning and bathroom products” and “post-consumer recycled toilet paper and paper towel” should also be used. Crow’s rider also notes that, “We strongly encourage you to use renewable sources and/or to buy sustainable energy credits where possible. Many local utilities offer ‘green power’ as an option--please check with yours and opt in.”

The document also details how Crow’s backstage hospitality room is to be stocked. The singer needs an assortment of “biodegradable non-petroleum cups” and 24 “disposable napkins made of 100% recycled fiber.” Crow’s rider also lists a wide variety of drinks and snacks that she needs, including organic coconut water and two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon (“Sheryl’s Favorite” is Stag’s Leap Artemis). Two “good quality, dark, organic chocolate bars” are described as “***VERY IMPORTANT***”

[Our copy of Crow’s 2010 rider has a number of items crossed out. It is unclear whether this indicates that the individual items had been obtained, or whether the promoter declined to supply them.]

As in a prior Crow rider, the current version includes her specific liquor schedule. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, she needs a small bottle of Ketel One vodka that will be mixed with a half-gallon of organic cranberry juice. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, Crow requires a bottle of Patron tequila that will be mixed with a half-gallon of organic grapefruit juice. (6 pages)

Comments (4)

Agree with Richard (especially as a former touring musician) - riders wouldn't have to spell out all this nonsense if promoters could be trusted to provide it reliably. And big shows that can command these fastidious riders are big enough events to need provisions for their entertainment value (by that I mean entertaining your backstage guests) and not merely for the band's consumption. Still, some of this is pretty beyond...
I'd go the extra mile and make sure every cup, roll of toilet paper, sanitary napkin, etc., was made from shredded copies of Earth In The Balance.
I wonder if going green means you went crazy. Hope she never bosses me.
If the various venues had originally supplied the performers with "reasonable" accommodations when performing, the popular artists would never have started making the demands that have only gotten more and more ridiculous. There are inconsiderate tight wads, that probably did not even supply dressing rooms or even convenient water fountains for performers. Expecting the performers to dress in their buses, drink from where ever the closest public water fountain was, and to use the public restrooms. All of those tight wads are the ones to blame for the current idiotic demands of performers.

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