COCKTAIL VERY MUCH
There they are, sweating, gasping for air and longing for success. But Rockstars are only humans like everybody else. One stage performance cost a lot of strenght. Strenght is energy, and energy you have to tank first. As a conclusion they need proper supply to get ready for work, but also for maybe some nice enjoyment after doing their duties. – So they give everything, they castrat themselves, they sweat young dogs, and not only because of the stage spotlight. This all and more need a solid physical and psychological foundation. And this, I´m telling you, depends very much on popularity and the location theyr´e gonna be.
let´s start with the so called out of nowhere bands, who are already
happy, when they find a few bottles beer and one or two sandwiches
backstage at the venues, where they play. One step further, we find those
groups, who are able to allow themselves to make a few requests. Maybe
another bottle of water with or without gas or a now and then joint. If we
go even higher in precedence, up there the special demands are getting
straight and clear. In form of definate lists, the artists order delicious
food and also other things. And last but not least there are the very big
stars, who either have their own cook and personal minders travelling with
them or take Novelle Cuisine for granted.In this cathegory there is
no when and but or yes and no. Everything works without saying and without
let´s summerize once again in our band carussell. From provincial rocker
to superstardom, everybody wants to be looked after, however. But while
these both individuals stay beyond discussion here, we will concentrate on
the middle sized rockacts, who´s names have at least the status of
demanding: either/ or and if not, then we don´t. Normally local promoters
do everything to please these Rockers and take care about their good moods.
The list of requests is rather high,
colorful and sometimes quite exotic. There are some musicians who want
Evian water without gas from the Provence, or longing for Cigarillos
from Puerto Rico or even ten Havannas from Cuba. It´s getting
even more difficult to provide Sulphur-Kiwi-brandy from Rotorua in
New Zealand or japanese hot chocolate from the pick of
Fujijama. Fortunately those special requests keep within limits. Although
some of the wishes become an act of balancing, and it takes much empathy
strategy to please the needs of the artists.
You don´t recognize the character of a musician by what he wants. It´s more how he wants…
So let´s start with a very well known gentleman named Mr. Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, who rules the first violin within his baby Motörhead. Lem’ is an old fox in the business. He knows all the opportunities and circumstances around catering and hospitality. Still he belongs to the sort of modest and easy going people, and all he wants to find in his dressingroom are ten sixpacks of his favorite beer. The only problem is, that this lager is a danish importbeer only available in Denmark and Great Britain. It´s called “Carlsberg Special Brew”, and it has an alcohol level of about 11 percent. Where one of us would black out after three bottles, Lemmy doesn´t move a muscle in his face after the fifth tin. It´s like he just had a cup of tea. However, his request is welcome to us and Carlsberg is waiting for him, just to get another bloody damage to our hearing system as a warm thank you.
stick with beer again. Alice Cooper once gave us a hard time on one
of his european tour in the past. He desperately wanted his beloved
Budwiser beer which was delivered almost immideately from the Czech
Republic. What followed was a three hours discussion, if this beer was a
true Budwiser or not. The problem was,
Alice Cooper´s taste was used to the american version of Budwiser
and not to the original beer from Budweis which is much stronger and more
spicy. To explain the reasons and backgrounds was such a drag, that within
the same space of time you could have got him some tins od US-Bud from
across the ocean. Meanwhile the shockrocker has become an anti alcoholic,
so this problem doesn´t exist anymore in the future. As a third example
we take a musician, who doesn´t fit really into the Heavy Metal draw, but
in terms of drinking habits he easily knocks down any young Hardrocker. We
are talking about Roger Chapman. His request list for catering
consits barely of one bottle each of Gordon´s Dry Gin, Vat 69, Highland
Scotch, Black Label, Red Label, Johnny Walker, Glenfiddish Brandy,
Black & White and Beefeater. But it´s not, that Roger goes down to
celebrate an orgy each time. He collects all the alcoholics, put´s
them nicely wrapped up in his travelling cases and takes them home after
each tour has finished. What Mr. Rough voice undertakes with all the
liquids at home, who knows? Anyway, it´s worth it, and his yearly
supplyment of whisky is certainly covered up.
biggest enemy of rockstars so, is certainly the alkohol, but in the bible
it is prior (ity) , your enemies you should admire.
But not only the just mentioned products and food and drinks are the most
requested things. Hardrockers Manowar for instance once insisted for pretty young ladies, possibly blondes
highheels, for their aftershow enjoyment at each performance
date. When the band realized, that these girls also turn up without their
minders efforts, it was crossed out on the list and exchanged
by other things.
The era of glamrock for
instance required a menue card as colored as their outfits. Often you
could find special make up products from Dior
lingery from chanell and all these things, please note, were needed for
In his best days Wonder-guitar-kind Yngwie Malmsteen insisted on a daily delivery of 100 selected condoms. The question came up if he frequently had used the 3.100 prophylactics. I don´t know, but if he did, bloody hell, superman had achieved a new name and dimension. The only conclusion which comes to our mind, when we have a close look at Mr. Malmsteen presently is the idea, that he might have waisted himself too much, or whatever might have caused his present shape.
|Fact is, Rockstars are leading a healthier life now than they did in the
past. Till Lindemann of german band Rammstein
undertakes his daily jogging hour on tour and wants
his 3 pints of fresh orange juice. American Shooting Stars Slipknot
won´t put a toe on stage
without their 150 bottles mineralwater – no gas please. Superguitarist
Steve Vai has special rules because of beeing a 100% vegan. His menue card
does not allow any meet, eggs or milk products. Rockband “Shelter”
has the same problem but they come around by cooking their own meals. One
Clue: don´t enter Shelter´s dressing room without gasmasks.
Musicians always want to be released from the drag of their bad habits, but not from the habits themselves.
First of all, after so many years on the Hardrock heaven, there ain´t any star affectations left and the groupie attrition has stayed beyond the midlife crisis.Apart from that, the iron ‘Maidens’ have got used to the custom to arrive at the spot only minutes before they are hitting the stage and get away as soon as last tune of their set shuts down. In Maidens case hospitality is in most cases unnecessary apart from some meet and greets with fans now and then.
Lets face the opposite situation in case of
and Ritchie Blackmore.
Both superguitarists request specially decorated dressing rooms, far away
located from the other bandmembers with some extras. Promoters are
treating this subject very carefully, because as we all know, Michael
Schenker and also Ritchi Blackmore showed quite a few times absence on
stage because of misunderstandings
in arrangements with promoter authorities. To annoy a sleeping lion, as we
say in german, can easely drop down the pants.
I presume, I could easily continue this list of examples for
Cuisine in Rock´n´Roll endlessly.
But let´s forgive those heroes of Hardrock thanks to their contribution
of keeping the genre going. The illusion of wild Rock´n´Roll wants to be
kept alive , and we do everything to raise our idols
psychological frame of mind.
Okay, let´s say, almost
Moods are the excuse for some musicians who suffer from inferiority complexes