What’s on your rider?
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