Our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Here?s Regina Spektor on honey, belching and her Russian-Jewish immune system.
Code Name: Lady Danger
I always have my favorite red lipstick on before I go onstage — It’s MAC and the color is Lady Danger. It’s awesome because it’s super bright red. It’s very spy-ish. No matter how I feel before every show I put it on and then I?m [ready] ?- it’s my “OK now I?m going to play my show” moment. It really changes everything.
An Army of Squeezy Bears
I could eat a bowl of honey. I drink hot water with honey, tea with honey, eat a teaspoon of honey. It really helps the throat, and it’s delicious. I try not to get the really crappy honey, I try to get organic. But I like all kinds -? the squeezy bears are really fun because they?re so cute. When I come back from tour, because I have so many honey bears from the rider, I have an entire army of them on my refrigerator, with different levels of honey in each one.
Rock and Roll All Night, Have Tea Every Day
I have the Russian-Jewish immune system, which is non-existent. I get sick really easily, so I can?t really party like a rock and roller. My partying is like, a drink and then tea with honey and then a movie. Like, “Ooh! So rock and roll!”
Applause, Applause, Belch
Usually my cut off time to eat is three hours before I play. If I?m super hungry and I forgot to eat, I?ll eat something, and then I eat too much, and then I?m holding burps back the entire time. I know I?ve done it off the microphone, but people still heard it. I?ve done it more than once.
Regina Spektor tour dates:
10/16 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
10/27 Shoreline Ampitheatre, Mountain View, CA
10/28 Shoreline Ampitheatre, Mountain View, CA
10/30 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
10/31 Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
11/2 In the Venue, Salt Lake City, UT
11/4 Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
11/6 Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Austin, TX
11/7 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
11/8 House of Blues, Dallas, TX
11/11 Uptown Theater, Kansas City, MO
11/12 The Pageant, Saint Louis, MO
11/14 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
11/15 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
11/18 Cultural Center, Charleston, WV
11/19 NorVa, Norfolk, VA
11/20 Toad’s Place, Richmond, VA