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John Roderick is the singer and songwriter responsible for Seattle's The Long Winters. He tweets @johnroderick .
John Roderick's Q&A column runs in every issue

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Questions for Roderick: He Saw My Ass! What Should I Do!?!?

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John Roderick is the singer and songwriter responsible for Seattle's The Long Winters. He tweets @johnroderick.
John Roderick's Q&A column runs in every issue of Reverb Monthly. The October issue is out Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Q: Recently a member of a headlining band I was opening for walked in on me in the bathroom. He saw my butt and everything. What would you have done in this situation?

-- Nouela. Nouela's debut LP, Chants, is out now. She plays SW's Reverb Local Music Festival along with 50 other local bands, on October 6.

Roderick: Every tour I've ever done, either as an opener or as a headliner, there's been a clause in the contract that says the headliner has a right to see the opener's butt(s). It's just one of those bits of music business boilerplate that keeps making it into contracts, even though most people don't remember it's there and almost no one ever invokes the clause. It's a good idea to read every contract thoroughly.

Still, I would chalk it up to experience and consider yourself now a fully initiated member of the Guild of Openers, an organization that only admits artists who have worked their way up in the touring game according to the strict traditions of our profession. When you start doing major headlining tours you may find that a butt-peepage clause is something you want retain.

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