whaT’s on your rider? Trouble PilgrimS’ PETE HOLIDAI
What’s on your rider? A few beers before the gig followed by a bottle of Jack Daniels après gig. What would be on your fantasy rider? Two tickets to the Electric Picnic! What’s the best gig you’ve attended – and why? New York Dolls in The Village venue in Dublin a couple of years back, up close and personal. Plus, I met Morrissey afterwards. Nice chap. And the worst – and why? All the local bands that treat a gig like a rehearsal! Tour bus bunks, hotel rooms or couch-surfing? Hotel rooms, the Pilgrims don’t do couches. Who is the most famous person to have shown up at one of your gigs? Roddy Doyle turned up at the last Workman’s Club gig in May. Tour bus tunes? Which are your ones for the road? Steve Rapid provides the on the road soundtrack, so you never know what you’re gonna get. I like listening to The Strokes
debut as it motors along nicely.
Chatting between songs –
good or bad, and why? Good if the front person is the main communicator and can enlighten the audience. Bad if random squealing comes from a variety of sources.
How big is your entourage?
Economically viable, depend-
ing on the scale of the gig. While on tour, do you do your own laundry? Of course! It’s a form of therapy.
Do you like to meet and greet fans after the gig? It’s a very rewarding and humbling experience, so, yes, we are always happy to do it. Any useful stage tips? Dress well, play well, and take it seriously whether it’s 10 or 10,000 people at the gig.
What on-tour luxury would you like the most? A Japanese masseuse to run up and down my spine before a gig to relax me. What’s your best tour story? Meeting Debbie Harry on a train in Switzerland.
In conversation with Tony Clayton-Lea, Pete Holidai (top, right) and his Trouble Pilgrims play The Workman’s Club in Dublin, tonight (Friday) at 8pm ¤12 theworkmansclub.com