WHAT'S ON YOUR RIDER? TOM DUNNE FROM SOMETHING HAPPENS
What’s on your rider? These days it’s just cold beer, but once we used to insist on wine, tequila, beer and a selection of tasty snacks and sandwiches.
What would be on your fantasy rider? An entire, but identical, change of clothes for the ones I wore on stage.
What’s the best gig you’ve attended – and why? The Stars of Heaven in The Underground (Dame Street, Dublin) sometime in the late 1980’s.
And the worst – and why? The Band in the Olympia in mid 1990’s. I love The Band but Rick Danko told the audience it was lovely to be in London.
Tour bus bunks, hotel rooms or couch-surfing? The correct answer here is a combination of a tour bus and hotels, ideally a hotel at least every third night.
Who is the most famous person to have shown up at one of your gigs? Drew Barrymore went to a gig in NYC. We will never know why.
Tour bus tunes? Which are your ones
for the road? Classic albums from the place you are in is a great recommendation, Wilco in Chicago, Pixies in Boston, Jane’s Addiction in LA.
Chatting between songs – good or bad, and why? Good. It’s a gig, not an album recital.
How big is your entourage? Minimal.
While on tour, do you do your own laundry? Sadly, yes.
Do you like to meet and greet fans after the gig? Always happy to, as there would be no gig without them. Happens
fans, too, are a good-looking intelligent bunch.
Any useful stage tips? Relax and enjoy it. Savour singing songs you wrote and playing them with people you are very close to. What on-tour luxury would you like the most? In our US tour days it was to know the English Premier league results. Today it would be simply a great book. Touring a great place to read.
What’s your best tour story? The band really did leave me in Davis, California after a gig – with Paul the guitar tech – and drive the 100 miles to our hotel in San Jose without noticing. I was sharing a room with Ray, the guitar player, and he never thought to comment on the empty bed. I rang them later and our manager hung up, telling me I was some joker. We had no money or wallets or jackets. A fan used her credit card to get us a room.