BACKSTAGE RIDER: Hall of Fame

Patti Smith

While on tour in 1978, punk icon (and future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member) Patti Smith had minimal requirements when it came to her backstage grub: a cold cut tray, some imported cheese, and a variety of fresh white bread. Though the spread needed to be "provided in an attractive, appetizing buffet fashion." She also asked promoters to provide her road crew with a "selection of cold beer...from time of load-in throughout day." The provision of beer to working roadies, of course, was not something that survived much past the late 1970s. (2 pages)

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