Of the near 200 top bands touring this summer, the top 10 most in-demand tickets are for artists avid fans have seen before. The artists that top TicketCity’s summer concert sales have all toured in the past, ultimately illustrating that some of the most loyal fans will continue to see their favorite bands again and again. TicketCity takes a look at the top 10 artists touring during the summer, measuring average ticket sales and quantity sold in the industry, as well as how these fans transcend off stage through additional channels like social media.
It’s hard to imagine the life of a touring musician. With multiple stops in different cities, sometime countries, each week and a tour bus as your home, life is sure to be a bit hectic. But after experiencing a few tours worth of life on the road, many musicians have found a way to make up for some of the creature comforts they miss out on by being away. Some in bigger ways then other…MUCH bigger.
Enter stage left: The artist rider. The rider is a list of requests (demands?) a performer submits to each venue of day-of-show requirements, ranging from specific foods to personnel needs to safety requirements.
Inspired by the picture we received of Snoop Dogg’s requests for Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest, we decided to explore this subject a bit further. Just for funsies, we’re going to highlight some of the most outrageous rider requests known to man. Special thanks to The Smoking Gun, our source for the majority of this outlandish information. Here goes nothin’.
1: Van Halen
The cream of the crop and where crazy requests may very well have gotten their start. Van Halen’s rider, in
addition to very specific technical requirements, requested that a bowl of M&M’s be placed in the band’s dressing room with all of the brown M&M’s removed.
As it turns out, this diva-esque request was actually made with the best of intentions. David Lee Roth revealed that this was actually a test for the band to judge how closely the venue had followed the specifications of the rider. If a brown M&M was found in the jar, it could be deducted that the venue had not been as thorough as necessary, which in candy terms since silly, but when applied to electronic equipment and heavy stage sets, it actually makes perfect sense. By not following Van Halen’s rider to a T, the venue could possibly put the lives of band members, fans, or the road crew at risk.
Little did Roth know that he opened up the door for a new generation of over-the-top rider requests, most of which seem to be a bit more trivial…
2: Mariah Carey
This brings me to our next jewel. This may not be a shocker, but it’s safe to say that Mariah Carey may be a bit high maintenance. Her requests for one particular gig included a $200 bottle of wine, lamps to avoid harsh dressing room lighting, aromatherapy candles, and two dozen white roses. But, perhaps my favorite of them all, was Carey’s request of a “staircase assistant” whose main task consisted of testing stairs to make sure they are safe for the singer to walk down (more details here).
3: The Foo Fighters
While the Foo Fighters have a very length, very detailed rider, they managed to take the diva status down many notches by spicing their requests up with creativity. Creativity of what kind, you ask? To start things off, they included a coloring book and activity pages. But the most entertaining aspect is the wording of the request themselves. Below are a few of my favorite excerpts:
• “Every lunch should feature a vegetarian soup. Dinner should have a different vegetarian soup. Please use as little cream as possible in the soups. Roadies get bloated and become colicky when they’ve inhaled too much Cream of Cauliflower.”
• “PASTA/ITALIAN FOOD DISHES: As the boys in the hood say, “Bring your ‘A’ game.” Italian food has to be decent. Olive Garden should not outshine your food. Pasta is not noodles in dishwater. Let’s be wowed. A pasta bar with a clean, sober chef making the entree makes the roadies feel less like 5th grade lunch kids and more like actual civilians on a cruise ship (you can skip the ice sculptures, Rodin).”
• The hospitality room request list included such gems as: “6 Rich guy coconut waters with extra priviledge (in cardboard cartons)” “18 Cans of Red Bull Energy Drink” “0 Cans of Tiger Blood” “108 Large Bath Towels- if they are new and unwashed, you will receive a wedgie.”
4: Katy Perry
Apparently decor ranks high on Katy Perry’s list of priorities. Additionally, she has high expectations when it comes to flowers. Future Perry suitors, take note. Below is an abbreviated list of her dressing room must-haves:
• “Two (2) comfortable arm chairs- egg chairs, one with footstool, in cream
• One (1) coffee table- Perspex modern style
• Two (2) floor lamps- French ornate style
• One (1) refrigerator with glass door
• Arrangement of fresh flowers- consisting pink. White and purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses and peonies. OR if the above is not available selection of seasonal white flowers to include orchids- ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS.”
We have to give kudos to Adele for including such a selfless requirement in the rider from her 21 tour:
“All guests at all Adele shows will be asked for a minimum donation to charity of $20.00 per person, in cash when they collect their tickets. There will be no exception to this rule.
We will also expect that all guests of the Promoter and/or Venue to also make the same donation when collecting their tickets….
At Adele’s personal request, all money collected will be donated to “SANDS” www.uk-sands.org
This is a charity dedicated to “supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives”
The singer does, however, squeeze in a few requests to benefit herself including:
- “1x Pack Marlboro Lights plus 1x disposable cigarette lighter”
- “1x Small plate of assorted freshly made, individually wrapped sandwiches, to include chicken salad. Sandwiches must NOT contain tomatoes, vinegar, chilli or citrus fruit”
- “1x selection of various “bite-size” chocolate bars (ie Twix, Aero, Milky Way, Mars, etc.)”
- “1 x Bottle very best quality red wine (Italian, French, Spanish or Australian)”
- “12x selection of bottles of best quality European lager beer. ie Becks, Stella Artois, Peroni etc. North American beer is NOT acceptable.”
At TicketCity, what we do is not just our job, it’s our passion. We’ve said it before, but it’s true: We’re fans too. We love live music- with most of us attending multiple shows every month-and the amazing feeling we’re left with after a killer live experience. Our water cooler talk revolves around our favorite song of the day, up-and-coming artists new to our radar, and favorite concert memories.
Now it’s time to let you in on the conversation. Here some of the TicketCitians share the answer to a very serious question: What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever attended? Feel free to share your favorite concert memories with us on our Facebook page, Google+ page, or in the comments section below.
Madonna, the world’s top-selling female recording artist of all-time, has released the dates and tickets for her upcoming 2012 tour. The Madonna World Tour marks Madge’s ninth tour and will include stops in Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America, and Australia.
With top hits like “Material Girl” and “Vogue”, Madonna’s sizable fan base is clamoring for the chance to catch her live again. Her recent Super Bowl XLVI performance was the most watched Halftime show ever, proving that Madonna is still a force to be reckoned with over a quarter century after her first tour, The Virgin Tour, in 1985.
If you’re looking for tickets to any of the stops on the Madonna World Tour, check out our tickets here or feel free to call one of our sales team members at 1.800.SOLD.OUT for personalized help seven days a week.
|July 14, 2012||Paris, France||Stade de France|
|August 21, 2012||Nice, France||Parc des Sports Charles Ehrmann|
|August 28, 2012||Philadelphia, PA||Wells Fargo Center|
|September 4, 2012||Boston, MA||TD Garden|
|September 6, 2012||Bronx, NY||Yankee Stadium|
|September 10, 2012||Ottawa, ON||Scotiabank Place|
|September 12, 2012||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre|
|September 13, 2012||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre|
|September 19, 2012||Chicago, IL||United Center|
|September 20, 2012||Chicago, IL||United Center|
|September 23, 2012||Washington, DC||Verizon Center|
|September 29, 2012||Vancouver, BC||Rogers Arena|
|September 30, 2012||Vancouver, BC||Rogers Arena|
|October 2, 2012||Seattle, WA||Key Arena|
|October 6, 2012||San Jose, CA||HP Pavilion|
|October 10, 2012||Los Angles, CA||Staples Center|
|October 20, 2012||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|November 17, 2012||Atlanta, GA||Philips Arena|
While you could settle for the the standard roses and dinner routine, why not think outside the box this year? A Valentine’s Day celebration at a concert, musical or game can be much more memorable
Planning a romantic rendezvous can be difficult, so TicketCity is here to help (feel free to refer to us as “Cupid”). We’ve compiled a list of events happening during Valentine’s week by city. If you don’t see your city on the list, or would prefer personalized assistance, feel free to call us at 1.800.SOLD.OUT. We’re open seven days a week and we’d love to help with your plans.
A night out at one of the events below is just the ticket to Valentine’s Day memories that will last for years to come. So go ahead…try something different this year. Just don’t forget the roses!
Monday 2/13: Willie Nelson Tabernacle Atlanta
Friday 2/17: James McMurtry Variety Playhouse
Saturday 2/18: O.A.R. Tabernacle Atlanta
Saturday 2/18: Delbert McClinton Variety Playhouse
Saturday 2/18: Bernadette Peters Atlanta Symphony Hall
Monday 2/13: An Evening with Chris Isaak
Tuesday 2/14: Bob Schneider
Wednesday 2/15: Polyphonic Spree
Thursday 2/16: Trombone Shorty
Friday 2/17: Loretta Lynn
Monday 2/13: Rangers vs. Bruins TD Garden
Tuesday 2/14: The Addams Family Shubert Theatre
Tuesday 2/14: Blue Man Group Charles Playhouse
Wednesday 2/15: Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics TD Garden
Thursday 2/16: Jim Gaffigan Wilbur Theatre
Tuesday 2/14: Sacramento Kings vs. Chicago Bulls United Center
Tuesday 2/14: South Pacific Cadillac Palace Theatre
Tuesday 2/14: Keith Sweat Arie Crown Theater
Tuesday 2/14: Green Day’s American Idiot Ford Center for the Performing Arts
Wednesday 2/15: Million Dollar Quartet Apollo Theater
Sunday 2/12: Monty Python Spamalot Bass Performance Hall
Monday 2/13: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center
Tuesday 2/14: Trombone Shorty House of Blues
Thursday 2/16: Tristan and Isolde Winspear Opera House
Thursday 2/16: John Leguizamo Majestic Theatre
Friday 2/17: The Ojays American Airlines Center
Los Angeles, California
Tuesday 2/14: Robin Thicke Club Nokia
Tuesday 2/14: Martina McBride Nokia Theatre
Thursday 2/16: Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall
Thursday 2/16: Lenny Kravitz Nokia Theatre
Sunday 2/12: Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson the Immortal Toyota Center
Wednesday 2/15: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets Toyota Center
Friday 2/17: Ryan Adams Walt Disney Concert Hall
Saturday 2/18: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
Monday 2/13: Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Hornets
Wednesday 2/15: Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson the Immortal Tour
Saturday 2/18: Better Than Ezra
New York, New York
Monday 2/13: Elton John and Time Rices Aida Metropolitan Opera
Monday 2/13: Chicago- The Musical Ambassador Theatre
Tuesday 2/14: The Book of Mormon Eugene O’Neill Theatre
Tuesday 2/14: Wicked Gershwin Theatre
Tuesday 2/14: Barry Manilow Radio City Music Hall
Tuesday 2/14: Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba Downtown Disney
Tuesday 2/14: Gladys Knight Hard Rock Live
Wednesday 2/15: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic Amway Center
Friday 2/17: Celtic Woman UCF Arena
Salt Lake City, Utah
Monday 2/13: Harlem Globetrotters
Tuesday 2/14: Lady Antebellum
Wednesday 2/15: Hot Chelle Rae
Friday 2/17: Washington Wizards vs. Utah Jazz
San Francisco, California
Tuesday 2/14: San Francisco Ballet: Chroma War Memorial Opera House
Thursday 2/16: Lauryn Hill Warfield
Friday 2/17: Ron White Warfield