What's on your rider?


Ryan Sheridan

What’s on your rider?Everything I don’t want. I keep meaning to change it after every gig but I forget.

What would be on your fantasy rider?Paintball guns.

What’s your pre-gig ritual/ routine?Once I have the set list made out to suit the gig, my voice warmed up, and flick the light switch on and off 10 times, then I’m ready to go.

How do you get to the gig – limo, taxi, walking?I’d like to say limo, but no, it’s a tour van stuffed with six lads.

Who is the most famous person to show up at one of your gigs?Rick Allen from Def Leppard showed up at my gig in the Olympia. That was pretty cool.

Most embarrassing on-stage moment?I have a few of those. Forgetting the words, playing air guitar because I didn’t have the lead plugged in, falling over the monitors, my fly being open for half the set. Take your pick.

What’s your crowd-pleasing number?It’s changed over the year, but since I got the Heineken ad I have to say that The Dreamer goes down very well.

Chatting between songs – good or bad?Good because you recognise your audience, they are the people that have put you there and stories are quick and to the point. Bad because you are not funny and your stories are far too long, so shut up and play the song.

Have you a special stage wardrobe?I go through phases. Hat on, hat off. Jacket on, jacket off. It’s good to have something, though, if you’re building a character.

What’s the worst thing ever thrown at you?I had a pair of yellow undies thrown at me. I think they were supposed to be white.

If you could be in any other band, which one?I’d be the drummer in The Bar-Kays or War or some other snappy funk band.

Who’s invited to your aftershow party?My accountant.

Ryan Sheridan plays Dublin’s Olympia on Sunday