Bruce Springsteen’s Back Stage Rider Demands Revealed
The Boss wants what he wants
Bruce Springsteen’s back stage rider demands revealed; and they are not what you would think they would be. Coming from New Jersey you would have thought that he would demand lot’s of Italian food, like pasta and pizza and hoagies. Who would have thought that the Boss prefers chicken soup for his soul?
No Bud for Springsteen!
Bruce Springsteen doesn’t just PRETEND to hate Budweiser . . . he actually hates it. According to his tour rider, the band needs six types of alcoholic drinks, including six bottles of “quality beer” that are, quote, “not Budweiser.” We don’t know what he has against Bud, but it better not be backstage after the show (or before). We don’t know what beer he prefers, just something of a higher quality than the “King of Beers”.
Chicken soup for the rock and roll soul?
When you think of all the foods that would be on his rider, you probably wouldn’t have thought about chicken soup. I’m sure he’s not talking about Campbells Chicken Soup. Nope. Bruce himself requires chicken soup “with lots of broth” before the show.
Springsteen says “Don’t skimp on the shrimp”!
After it he has his bowl of soup he wants 16 cold, fresh shrimp “with homemade seafood sauce”. We assume that he doesn’t eat the shrimp all by himself. Maybe he splits them with his wife Patti Scialfa and they have 8 each or maybe Little Stevie gets his share too. By the way, what is seafood sauce? Maybe it’s just another name for Cocktail Sauce?
In a twist!
The Boss is very particular when it comes to his snacks. He doesn’t want any other pretzel than two bags of Rold Gold pretzels with “no substitutions.” We are not sure if he wants his pretzels to be the small knotted kind or the long ones. Either way, it’s Rold Gold or nothing!
He also needs hand-squeezed lemon juice, six hard-boiled eggs with the yolks removed, “guess he is watching his cholesterol” Finally he wants peeled and sliced apples, and cubed watermelon.
But that’s not all!
The Jersey native also requires a massage therapist and a manicurist who can do, quote, “a man’s and a woman’s acrylic nail work”. We suppose these people are on call for anyone in the band that is feeling stressed (massage) or not feeling pretty (manicurist). Nice perks if you can get them!
No matter what you think of Bruce Springsteen’s Rider Demands, nowhere does he insist that all the brown M&M’s be removed the way Van Halen supposedly did. Do they still make the brown ones?
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