When hosting a concert starring the 66-year-old rock/country kroner Chris Isaacas the Virginia Theater did on July 12, it is necessary to note as many must-haves as a must-see for its tour passenger.
In the long list it is strictly forbidden: all kinds of “smelly” cheese “bleu au”; cooked cheese, sausage; Evian brand water; mixing meat and cheese dishes; potato soup; cream soup; cream or butter sauce with meat or vegetable garnish; smoking or ashtrays Nowhere behind the scenes; iced sugar tea from a health food store; anything Styrofoam plastic plates; Coke in stage cans that aren’t “quite smooth and flat,” and turkey sandwiches for the truck and bus drivers on the tour.
However, here’s Part 7 of our ongoing series looking into the finer points of artists’ contracts with local venues, which The News-Gazette obtained via its open-records request.
– So that no one forgets who is leading the concert, the management insists that “Show tickets will display the artist’s name in as wide a variety as possible. There is no other name… More than 20 percent of the artist’s name may appear on the ticket.”
One of the smartest rounds, Isaac (of 1989’s “Wicked Game” fame) requires yards to make way for a “quick-change” area, which can be as small as 8 square feet but must be out of sight for any member of the audience, falls” As close as possible to the theater entrance” and equipped with a small table, rug and full length mirror with adequate lighting.
– Speaking of clothes, the tour management will greatly appreciate the use of irons/ironing boards in the dressing rooms and access to a washer and dryer. Dressing rooms should be equipped with “two sturdy wardrobe racks suitable for hanging wardrobe and personal clothes”, up to two box fans, showers, sinks, toilets, two large trash cans, full-length mirrors, two large tables, six chairs, soap and towels.
As with the other business riders we’ve documented in this series, Team Isaak goes to great lengths to pre-washed towel requirements: 36 bath size towels in any colour, 12 black hand size towels and 12 white hand size towels.
– Isaak’s is the first contestant we came across for his “stage drinks” section. Place in a place-size cooler on the left side of the stage: 12 medium bowls of Perrier water and two of each of the following: Regular Red Bull, Sugar-Free Red Bull, Orange or Yellow Gatorade and Coca-Cola or Pepsi, along with a dozen glasses Colorful Solo brand 16 ounce capacity, and in separate cooler, “clean ice to drink.”
– Isaac Crew is thirsty. In addition to assorted fresh whole fruits (papaya, guava, mango, peaches, nectarines, and tangerines), watermelon (chopped), and a box of healthy granola bars (dark chocolate peanut butter flavor), the contract states: Be in the star’s dressing room no later than 3 p.m. On the day of the show: Four cans of coconut water, four cans of V-8, a quart of fresh vegetable or fruit juice, six Sparkling Ice sodas, two bottles of Honest Black Forest Berry iced tea, four bottles of Perrier, Six quart bottles of Smart Water and three bottles of GT Organic Ginger Kombucha.
– Of the 39 items required in the band’s guestroom/lounge, eight musicians share: two grilled and marinated chickens; a case of spring water (anything but Evian); 24 bottles of Perrier. gourmet/deli cheese trays and cold cuts; 10 Red Bulls (six of which are sugar-free); two Gatorades, two cans of Starbucks Double Shot Lights; Six bottles of Stella Artois beer, one bottle of Cabernet and one of Chardonnay.
– This jockey requirement has been rescinded due to COVID-19 concerns: “During the performance, the artist will move through the venue and interact with the audience. Doug Casper (Tour Director) will lead Mr. Isaac to the audience. Two security personnel who are able to work and fitness will be required to be under the supervision of Mr. Casper escorting Mr. Casper and Mr. Isaac while they are off the stage and helping them return to the stage.”
– Breakfast and lunch for a 12-person tour staff is normal fare, but dinner for a party of 20 comes with both the menu and ambiance: “It is important that dinner is served in a clean, quiet environment. Dinner is served from chafing dishes. Must The table settings shall be of china, accompanied by high quality stainless cutlery. The tablecloths and napkins shall be of linen.”
For the meal, it should be prepared in a “health-conscious way” and include four main options (fish, vegetarian, two meats), two vegetables, one starch, a salad bar, bread and a “fresh and light” dessert.
– It should finally be about food: In preparation for the all-important post-show meal, the venue should offer a variety of late-night menus, ranging from “local favorites to ethnic-style establishments and dinners” served until 10:30 or later. This is what the band and crew will spend on the bus to the next tour stop.
Artist guarantee for a one-night performance at Champaign: $40,000.