What’s on your rider? Andy Mccluskey of OMD
What’s on your rider?
Nothing very exciting. Beer, wine, vodka, soft drinks and lots of water. The booze usually gets left for the crew. Fruit, crisps and M&Ms – blue ones included!
What would be on your fantasy rider?
Sushi and Laphroaig single malt whiskey.
What’s the best gig you’ve been to?
There are equal best gigs: Kraftwerk at Liverpool Empire on September 11th 1975. I sat in seat Q36 and it was the gig that changed my life. That is when I fell in love with the possibility of actually making electronic music. The other best gig is XTC at Eric’s club in Liverpool in 1978, touring their first album, White Music, with Barry Andrews on keyboards. Brilliant songs and great energy. I was down there in the front row.
And the worst?
The Pink Fairies at Liverpool Stadium in 1975. We had been in town all day, queued for hours, got in early to be in the third row, sat through a boring support . We all went ballistic when they started. After three songs I stopped headbanging, looked up and said to my mate, “this is actually crap”. Then I left and got the train home.
Who is the most famous person to have shown up at one of your gigs?
Leonard Cohen, Sting, Kraftwerk and Shirley Bassey have all come to our gigs.
Most embarrassing on-stage moment?
I have fallen over a few times. Not very cool.
Groupies. Would you?
Do you like to meet and greet fans after the gig?
Yes, as long as my voice is in good shape. It’s an honour that they care enough to wait to say hello. In the ’80s we used to let them all into the venue and sign things for up to two hours after the show.
Any useful stage tips?
Use in-ear monitors; they really help the voice. Enjoy the audience enjoying your music. You never know when it will be your last gig!
If you could be in any other band, which one?
I would loved to have been in The Beatles. They were the greatest ever pop group.
Who’s invited to your aftershow party?
We don’t have aftershow parties any more. The band always hated them, anyway – they were just for everybody else at your expense.
What’s your best tour story?
Seven years after I went to see Kraftwerk, they came to see us play in Bochum in Germany. It was like God coming to say hello. It was the most nervous I have ever been in my life.
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