The Week in TicketCity Search – Direct to 3D

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jun. 18th
1 1 One Direction
2 - Dave Chappelle
3 2 Justin Bieber
4 4 Coldplay
5 8 Texas Rangers
6 3 College World Series
7 7 Jason Aldean
8 5 Miami Heat
9 - Katy Perry
10 - Van Halen

It would seem the Beliebers have given up. I confess to a bit of disappointment, as a solid battle for the top spot makes things a bit more interesting. On the other hand, there was a surprise #2 this week, so the war for pop supremacy can take a break. Dave Chappelle’s unexpected mid-week show in Austin catapulted him to second place on the strength of a very short window of searches. That show ended up in a bit of headline-making controversy.

Coldplay and the Texas Rangers round out the top 5. Coldplay sat at #4 for three weeks running, an interesting feat. The rock vets are booked solid through August, so lots of opportunity to catch them as the make the North American rounds.

The College World Series falls three spots to #6. The CWS will wrap up early next week, depending on how the games shake out. The double elimination system makes for pretty interesting brackets. Jason Aldean hangs onto the #7 spot and the Heat fall to #8. The Heat did manage to capture the title, ending the series in a dominant 4-1 performance.

Katy Perry returns to the countdown after missing a week, though she has not released any new concert dates. I remain convinced the interest it due to her upcoming theatrical release Katy Perry: Part of Me, in 3D, no less. Again, not selling tickets to that, but I’m not adverse to having to look up Katy Perry each week to find out what she’s up to.

Musicians’ Strangest Requests- An Ode to the Concert Rider

Snoop Dogg’s rider from Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest.

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

Bron M&M’s are a no-no for Van Halen. Image courtesy of Flickr user Stijn Vogels.

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.”

5: Adele

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.

North American beer doesn’t fly with Adele. Photo courtesy of Flickr user marinmatamoros.

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”
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.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Feburary 17th

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Feb. 13th
1 - New York Knicks
2 2 Madonna
3 3 Drake
4 - Maná
5 5 San Antonio Rodeo
6 7 Justin Bieber
7 6 Van Halen
8 - Adele
9 - Kevin Hart
10 - Houston Rodeo

Well, ordinarily I’d be wondering why the Knicks came out of nowhere to capture the top spot on the countdown this week, but it was fairly hard to escape the hailstorm of media coverage garnered by one Jeremy Lin. Were it not for Mr. Lin, the countdown would have been concert exclusive.

Madonna and Drake remain stationary in the second and third spots, while Maná returns to the countdown with a new tour. They were quite popular on the countdown during their last tour, but don’t worry, I think I used up all my role-playing terminology puns then.

Down in the bottom five, recent Grammy sweeper Adele appears. Currently no dates are available, but she has stated she’ll be working on a new album soon and so another tour will likely not be far behind. Kevin Hart takes over comedy duties from Daniel Tosh this week, and the Houston Rodeo rounds out the bottom five as the San Antonio Rodeo did for the top five.

The Week in TicketCity Search – February 10th

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Feb. 6th
1 Eddie Vedder
2 Madonna
3 2 Drake
4 Daniel Tosh
5 San Antonio Rodeo
6 4 Van Halen
7 7 Justin Bieber
8 1 Bruce Springsteen
9 Andrea Bocelli
10 Kentucky Derby

The Boss lost his top spot this week to the whims of a more recent generation, Eddie Vedder fans. Vedder and his ukulele are playing dates across the lower Lower 48 in April and May. Vedder’s touring in support of his recent solo release Ukulele Songs.

Classics abound this week, as Madonna secures the #2 spot, fresh off the Super Bowl half-time show. Her latest world-wide tour heats up this summer and fall. Madonna’s new album, MDNA, hits (some) shelves and (mostly) pod-like devices March 26th.

Drake slips to the third spot, while comedian Daniel Tosh and the SA Rodeo round out the top five. Van Halen kicks off the bottom five, slipping from the #4 spot last week. Beiber fans steadily checking for new concert dates keeps him safe at #7.

Rounding things out this week we have a boy named Andrea and the Derby. Looks like some early shoppers looking for deals for the big race in Louisville. Rest assured, you’ve still got a few months to secure your tickets and pick out your hat. Though if the Derby remains on the countdown the entire time, I will rapidly run out of hat jokes.

The Week in TicketCity Search – February 3rd

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jan. 20th
1 - Bruce Springsteen
2 1 Drake
3 2 Super Bowl
4 10 Van Halen
5 8 Red Hot Chili Peppers
6 - Big Time Rush
7 - Justin Bieber
8 4 Miami Heat
9 - Dallas Mavericks
10 - Monster Jam

So many corny “Boss” references, so little time… So let’s just say Bruce Springsteen’s tour dates for 2012 have been announced and they are pretty popular. Springsteen has a new album, Wrecking Ball, ready for release, and he will be on the road this spring, most likely at a very large arena near you.

Springsteen handily unseated Drake, who had the top spot two weeks running, but didn’t fall too far. Likewise, the sizable game on Sunday dropped one spot to #3. Rebounding pretty strongly, Van Halen climbs back to the #4 spot, and the Chili Peppers round out a very musical top 5.

Rock has the top five, while pop secures the bottom five. Big Time Rush, a more recently minted Nickelodeon boy band, kicks things off, followed by Beiber fans eager to know when the latest tour dates are announced. Answer: not quite yet.

The NBA takes lands near the end, with the Heat and their finals opponent last year, the Mavericks, in the #8 and #9 spots. Finally, in what can only be described as a twist ending, Monster Jam takes the #10 spot.