The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS - In con­ver­sa­tion with Tony Clay­ton-Lea. Some­thing Hap­pens (circa 1989, left) play Whelan’s in Dublin, Satur­day at 9pm. Tick­ets ¤22. whe­lanslive.com

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.

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