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City finally releases REO Speedwagon New Year's Eve contract

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SAN ANTONIO - The News 4 Trouble Shooters asked the City of San Antonio what it paid REO Speedwagon to play the New Year's Eve concert in Hemisfair Park. But the city fought that request by sending it to the Attorney General's Office for an opinion. Late Friday we got ahold of the contract.

It says the classic rock band received $225,000 for the show, plus $7,500 for hotel rooms. We also requested the “hospitality rider”, which was pretty tame compared to many celebrity acts.

Among the items they wanted in the dressing room:

  • Shrimp cocktail and tuna salad.
  • Fiji and Evian water
  • A $25 bottle of “quality” chardonnay
  • And a box of cinnamon Honey Maid graham crackers.

It hardly seems like top secret stuff. But the release is significant since Texas has been allowing cities to keep more and more of their contracts hidden from the public, even deals they make with entertainers.

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