What’s on your rider?

Ryan bing­ham

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS -

What’s on your rider? Not much. A few beers, some wa­ter. What would be on your fan­tasy rider? A re­ally nice ho­tel room with a bot­tle of wine and a steak din­ner! What’s the best gig you’ve been to? Neil Young in Am­s­ter­dam; his gui­tar tone is out of this world. And the worst? Prob­a­bly one of my own! What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Fa­vorite would be Red Rocks in Colorado. Least fa­vorite would be . . . Well, prob­a­bly shouldn’t say – I might need a gig there some day. Who is the most fa­mous per­son to have shown up at one of your gigs? Colin Far­rell. Most em­bar­rass­ing on-stage mo­ment? For­get­ting the words to my own songs. What’s your crowd-pleas­ing num­ber? Guess Who’s Knock­ing. Chat­ting be­tween songs – good or bad? De­pends on the crowd. If you have some­thing to say then say it. The crowd will let you know when to shut up and play mu­sic. Groupies. Would you? Mar­ried. Would not. How many road­ies does it take to change your light­bulbs (ie, how big is your en­tourage)? My en­tourage is so small that I don’t even have one. Have you a spe­cial stage wardrobe? I like to travel light. I usu­ally wear what I have on. Any use­ful stage tips? Never look into the lights, and if you’re at­tempt­ing to make a stage dive make sure there are peo­ple in the au­di­ence to catch you.

What’s the worst thing ever thrown at you? A rub­ber chicken. If you could be in any other band, which one? Pearl Jam! What’s your best tour story? We toured with Wil­lie Nel­son for a month last year. Yeah, the weed re­ally is that good.

In con­ver­sa­tion with Tony Clay­ton-Lea. Ryan Bing­ham plays Whe­lan’s, Dublin tonight

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