Sheryl Crow's Eco-Conscious Tour Rider Turning Heads
(Via Gawker) The Smoking Gun is a goldmine of tour riders, i.e. the list of requests bands/musicians send to promoters/venues before their shows. Things typically on these riders include food, alcohol and even socks -- after all, laundry can be difficult to do on the road. Kennett, Missouri, native Sheryl Crow caused quite a stir when the contents of her 2010 tour rider surfaced. Specifically, the "environmental portion" of the rider is turning heads. Quoth the Smoking Gun:
Stew Smith Sheryl Crow, performing last year under the Gateway Arch
Crow, 48, also offers promoters "venue greening suggestions." She wants "traditional light bulbs" swapped out for compact fluorescent bulbs in "all offices, dressing rooms and common areas." "Eco-friendly cleaning and bathroom products" and "post-consumer recycled toilet paper and paper towel" should also be used. Crow's rider also notes that, "We strongly encourage you to use renewable sources and/or to buy sustainable energy credits where possible. Many local utilities offer 'green power' as an option--please check with yours and opt in."
The document also details how Crow's backstage hospitality room is to be stocked. The singer needs an assortment of "biodegradable non-petroleum cups" and 24 "disposable napkins made of 100% recycled fiber." Crow's rider also lists a wide variety of drinks and snacks that she needs, including organic coconut water and two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon ("Sheryl's Favorite" is Stag's Leap Artemis). Two "good quality, dark, organic chocolate bars" are described as "***VERY IMPORTANT***"
(Girl, I feel you on the dark chocolate.) You can view the excerpts obtained by the Smoking Gun right here.