From their favourite cereals to expensive fish to their very own favourite Indian takeaway chefs, musicians take all manner of stuff on tour with them to make themselves feel at home. Here’s a selection…
The Darkness – their favourite takeaway curry chef: Justin Hawkins’ lot once, at the height of their fame, missed the culinary delights of their fave takeaway joint so much, they flew the head chef out to join them in LA for a cheeky dupiaza. “It was really nice… They still come to the restaurant – now with their families,” said Abdul Chowdhury of the Red Rose in Holloway Road.
Ryan Adams – A pinball machine: Adams is notorious for flipping before shows. “I bring a pinball machine with me in a road case and we put it in the dressing room,” he told us last year. “I’m super, super into pinball. Right now we have a Metallica one – I have a massive collection of pinball machines.”
Harry Kossier, Peace – Marmite: Marmite: you either hate it or you love it, right? Harry falls firmly in the latter category. “When I was in Asia and Australia I took a jar. We’d been touring for so long so I took that as my sort of comfort blanket. Marmite’s the one.”
Este Haim, Haim – S’mores: You can the gal outta American, but you can never take the American outta the gal. “It’s roasted marshmallow and chocolate sandwiched between two Graham crackers. I gave Marcus Mumford his first s’more and it changed his life,” Este told us.
Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip – Fimber Bravo’s homemade hot sauce: The Hot Chip frontman goes for this condiment whenever he fancies some, um, hot chips. “I can spruce up any meal with it on the road. Every jar he gives me is different, so it can be subtle one time and a fiery on another.”
Shane Parsons, DZ Deathrays – Aeropress: Deathrays refuse to go anywhere unless they can take their beloved… um, whatnow? “It’s a coffee maker. I take it everywhere with me. Coffee in England is pretty bad, so I try and get a bag of ground coffee and take my aeropress.”
Eminem – Koi carp: It’s uncertain if he carries them with him at all times, but at a festival in Ireland a few years ago Eminem is said to have insisted on the organisers constructing a wooden pond for his koi carp.
Laurie Vincent, Slaves – Table football: This guitar maniac is one of those people who believe that football would be improved if the players were all tiny and joined together at the midriff. “The best game to play touring Europe, because it’s everywhere. I love seeing four grown adults screaming at a tiny plastic ball.”
James Righton, Klaxons – Where Chefs Eat app: Ginsters just won’t cut it for Mr Keira Knightly, who needs handheld pointers to the very best culinary experiences wherever he is. “It’s like the foodie’s travel bible. We found an amazing kebab shop in Istanbul using it, and it made me feel closer to Dalston.”
Stella Mozgawa, Warpaint – Earl Grey tea: Venues such as the Bradford Felch Furnace are notorious for providing asbestos teabags, so the Warpaint drummer brings her own. “Earl Grey tea, with soya milk and honey. I’m not high maintenance,” she told us.
Tim Burgess, The Charlatans – Moccasins: Rock Truth 587: when you ditch the crates of booze and satchels of drugs from the tour bus, they’re more often than not replaced with comfortable footwear. “I like me moccasins. Pete Kember, who was in Spacemen 3, always used to wear these fantastic moccasins. They’re a bit too comforting onstage though- I make mistakes if I’m too comfortable.”
John Cooper Clarke – A hankerchief marinated in Chanel No 5: That’s not glue the old punk poet’s sniffing at his shows. “It reminds me of my wife. It’s just a little ritual I have.”
Kyle Falconer, The View – Coco Pops: Strangely, the more you ask Kyle about this, the less it sounds like a euphemism for hard drugs. “I always wake up in the middle of the night for a bowl. You wanna put in loads of milk and not much cereal, then drink the milk at the end.”
Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses – An oxygen tank: Axl is one of a number of ageing rockers who insist on carrying their own oxygen around with them – see also Ozzy Osbourne, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger.
Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones – Snooker table: And talking of Mick, top of his list of on-tour essentials is a snooker table. “Rule one – you don’t play on the snooker table unless you’ve been asked.”
Carl Barat, The Libertines – Teabags and water: For fuck’s sake, promoters, don’t try giving Carl any of your local muck-water, he’ll provide his own thanks. “I used to take just teabags but I realised that foreign water isn’t the same so you still can’t get a good cuppa.”