Before hip-hop duo Gnarls Barkley plays the Infield Stage at the Del Mar Racetrack on Saturday, July 26, the venue is required to purchase one million dollars of insurance “to cover all claims, liabilities and/or losses…with an insurance carrier acceptable to the [concert] Producer.” Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway) and Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) want their dressing room stocked with a pack of Swisher Sweets Blunts (cigars), a case of beer (“Heineken or Corona”), a bottle of Hennessy, a bottle of Grey Goose vodka, and a box of Magnum condoms.
While Stone Temple Pilots appear at Concerts on the Green on Sunday, July 27, “It is artist’s intention that purchaser maintains a drug and alcohol free backstage. At no time will alcoholic beverages or drugs of any kind be tolerated.” Yet they want their dressing room stocked with a six-pack of Amstel Light (“bottles”) and a bottle of chardonnay (“premium priced”). Requests include four packs of Marlboro reds (“hard pack”) and a bottle of Krazy Glue Original All Purpose (“not Glue Pencil”).
When John Mayer performs at Cricket amphitheater on Tuesday, July 29, “There will be no [stage-front] barricade for this show. We have a very well behaved crowd.” His dressing room requires a bottle of Listerine, four toothbrushes (“soft head”), two tubes of toothpaste (“Sensodyne or Tom’s of Maine”), four organic lip balms (“not Chapstick”), and two packs of Altoids breath mints. He also requests a copy of that day’s New York Times, a box of cereal (“Cap’n Crunch, Lucky Charms, Count Chocula, Cookie Crisp, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch”).
– Jay Allen Sanford