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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. Reveals The Simple Necessity He Most Enjoys Backstage
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. Reveals The Simple Necessity He Most Enjoys Backstage

When The Strokes first began touring, Albert Hammond Jr. says they were just excited for free beer. These days, he reaches for a beverage that's a little healthier.

GRAMMYs/Jun 6, 2022 - 05:03 pm

Indie-rock mainstay The Strokes have been touring since the late 1990s, and when they first started, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. and his bandmates were excited by the novelty of simple backstage amenities.

"I mean, in the early days, you're happy just with free beer," he says. As the decades have passed, though, the band's tastes have evolved. 

In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, Hammond explains that these days, he's less excited about the free beer and more excited about the prospect of staying hydrated. "It's gonna sound silly, but I drink a lot of water, so I have liter-and-a-half bottles of water, and I have about two a day," he explains. "So just seeing those is comforting, for some reason."

The rockers have also come to look forward to local specialties in the different countries they visit, too. "I know in Germany the breads are gonna be great. The varieties you get there — seeded bread, rye breads, all kinda homemade style breads...just amazing breads," he continues. 

And while the band's tour riders may have changed over the years, Hammond says that he still gets excited — and a little nervous — for every show. 

"I think even at my most calm, even if we've done a bunch of shows on the road, there's always something. Because that's what keeps the excitement there," he reflects. "It'd be pretty boring to just walk out and not care."

Watch the video above for Hammond's rundown of his backstage essentials, and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more installments of Herbal Tea & White Sofas

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider

In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society lead singer Jack Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider

GRAMMYs/Jul 8, 2021 - 12:26 am

Some artists make larger-than-life demands on their tour riders—hence the classic urban legend about Van Halen requiring the removal of brown M&Ms. 

For their part, Dead Poet Society have decided to take the opposite tack, as their lead singer, Jack Underkofler, attests in the below clip.

In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society's Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider—including one ordinary pillow to nap on.

Check out the cheeky clip above and click here to enjoy more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour

Watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans

GRAMMYs/Sep 1, 2021 - 10:44 pm

You know when you're at a party and the food is so delicious, you wish you had a little more room in your stomach? And if the host gives you a little to-go container when you leave, it's the perfect chef's kiss moment.

For GRAMMY-nominated roots rock 'n roll sister duo Larkin Poe, touring with legendary British artist Elvis Costello was a bit like this. As they explain in the latest episode of GRAMMY.com's Herbal Tea & White Sofas, they loved the gourmet cheese he had backstage so much, they'd wrap up leftovers in napkins to snack on later.

In the video above, watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans.

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Japan's Fuji Rock Festival 2020 Announces Tame Impala And The Strokes As Headliners

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Japan's Fuji Rock Festival 2020 Announces Tame Impala And The Strokes As Headliners

The historic fest will take place Aug. 21–23 at the Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture

GRAMMYs/Mar 20, 2020 - 12:20 am

In the midst of a wave of live concert cancellations and postponements around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, some good news arrived earlier this week on the festival front. The Strokes and Tame Impala will headline Fuji Rock Festival 2020, the Japanese fest announced.

The fest will take place Aug. 21–23 at the Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture. Disclosure, FKA twigs, Rufus Wainwright,  Major Lazer, Black Pumas, and Blackbear are among other performers. More artists are still yet to be announced, as the Fuji Rock usually features more than 200 acts across five main stages and several secondary stages.

The historic Japanese rock festival, now in its 24th year, first launched in 1997 with an original lineup that included the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Foo Fighters

For ticket information on the 2020 edition, visit the festival website

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Country Singer/Songwriter Kylie Morgan Isn't Opposed To A Hot Toddy Backstage
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Country Singer/Songwriter Kylie Morgan Isn't Opposed To A Hot Toddy Backstage

In the below episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Kylie Morgan always goes for Throat Coat backstage — oftentimes with a little whiskey

GRAMMYs/Feb 14, 2022 - 07:30 pm

Herbal Tea & White Sofas' alternate name could be the Throat Coat Fanclub. The video series spotlights artists' backstage faves; unsurprisingly, vocalists shout out the branded tea quite often. 

Joining the throng is Kylie Morgan, a country singer/songwriter who talks about the magic elixir with a giant grin. Given how delicate a singer's instrument can be, she explains that she's a proponent of the beverage.

"It's also really delicious," she clarifies, adding that she might add whiskey and honey to make a hot toddy. Her vocal cords thank her in advance.

In this edition of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, dive into the singer/songwriter's backstage ritual and learn who keeps her going on the road (hint: she has a passionate following). "I am so close to my fans — maybe a little too close," Morgan quips, as a clip rolls of her signing an attendee's arm.

Keep watching for a touching account of how she signed a young fan's guitar — and how it reminded her of three-time GRAMMY winner Miranda Lambert signing her instrument when she was small.

Check out the quirky, poignant clip above, and keep checking back for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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