Sometime last year a friend sent me a photo text of a ratty file box crammed with manila envelopes. He said that he'd thought that I'd be interested, as it was the remnants of a Seattle catering company from the 1970s and 1980s. He went on to explain that it was mostly backstage food requirements for dozens of bands, and some of the pages had been mangled by rats. As my interests don't stray too far from nostalgia and food, I was interested to the max.

What we have here is the food rider for R.E.M.'s show with the Dream Syndicate at the Music Hall on June 27th, 1984. It appears that this show was professionally recorded and heavily bootlegged, so if you're into the Reckoning-era of these jangle-kings, seek it out and go crazy.

Read below and learn that R.E.M. prefer that their wine come from France and would like tablecloths without holes, thank you very much:







There are many, many, many, many more to come. Iron Maiden loved cookies! Heart needed a lot of towels! Styx demanded a really long sandwich!