Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Star Is Born. Then Burns Itself Out

Sarah Palin's Speaker Demands

The backstage rider, presented to promoters by every touring act, details specifications on stage design, sound systems, lighting, as well as an artist's wish list--from travel and billing to dressing room accommodations and meals.

Made famous by Van Halen’s contractual demand that brown M&M's be plucked from the group’s candy bowl, the rider often reflects the delightful (Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop) or difficult (Jennifer Lopez) nature of the individual artists.

Ex-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who commands six-figure fees for speaking engagements, also requires the following perks:

Her standard contract requires that if Palin is not flying first class, then a private jet will be required. Specifically, "the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger.” The former Republican vice presidential candidate must also be provided with three rooms--one a suite--in a “deluxe hotel.”

Palin will consider photo opportunities at a venue, though they must be at a prescribed rate, such as “60 min/100 clicks.” And those clicks better deliver a diffuse, flattering light, since “Direct, on-camera flash bulbs are not permitted.”

While onstage, Palin only needs a wood lectern stocked with two bottles of still water. And, of course, a supply of bendy straws, which also happen to be the preferred sipping device of fellow diva Mariah Carey.

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