If you’re a famous musician and are going out on tour, one of the biggest perks is that you get to design a tour rider. On it, you’ll outline whatever it is you expect of the different venues. While some of it makes sense and is perfectly logical, that isn’t what we’re focusing on today. Instead, we’ve tracked down some of the most outrageous demands that these musicians have ever made.
Such as when Lady Gaga decided she needed a mannequin that had pink pubic hair, the various things Bieber had flown in like his washing machine and ping pong table. The attitude of the celebrity in question can also be a huge issue, such as Nicki Minaj who refused to perform until the grass was cut because it was too high for her to walk through.
But musicians are not the only celebrities who may be known for their demanding attitude. Johnny Depp even went so far as to demand an entire Pirates of the Caribbean script get re-written because he didn’t like that the villain was female. Then you also have Steve Harvey who refuses to allow staff to interact with him, or when Kirk Cameron got his co-star fired because she previously posed for Playboy.
While there is no shortage of variety in what these celebrities have demanded, rest assured that these are the 15 most ridiculous demands ever made by a celebrity in the public eye.
15. Kanye West Makes Sure Driver Wears 100% Cotton
When Kanye West goes out for a night on the town, you know at the very least he is thinking that he is looking his best. But if you ever see him being driven around town, you can guarantee that Kanye is also happy with whatever his driver is wearing on that given day.
That is as long as he follows Kanye’s big rule, which is that his drivers are wearing clothing that is 100% cotton and that there must be no man-made fibers.
No stranger to a good time, photos of West’s past rider demands have made their way online and include 2 slushie machines; one with frozen Hennessy and coke and one with frozen grey goose lemonade.
14. Reese Witherspoon Wants Special Treatment From Police
It’s hard to ignore the fact that celebrities get away with more things in society than a typical citizen might. But when Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth were pulled over by a cop back in 2013 after getting their drink on, Witherspoon attempted to use her fame to woo over the cop
“I had no idea what I was thinking that night. I saw him arrest my husband and I just panicked. I said all kinds of crazy things to the officer. I even told him I was pregnant. I am not pregnant!” said Witherspoon when talking about the incident.
13. Ariana Grande Demands Only Photos From The Left Side
Ariana Grande has no shortage of photo shoots in which she looks gorgeous. But what she may have a shortage of is photos of her from the right side. It turns out that’s a deliberate effort on her part. It was revealed back in 2014 that Grande demanded photos of her only be taken from the left side and use no natural light.
Included in the story was an incident in which Grande canceled a photo shoot after a brief amount of time after deciding she didn’t think she looked cute enough in her outfit.
Ariana Grande has since come out and denied the story, saying
“[It was] just a photographer or something who got mad at me because I left to change my outfit mid photo shoot because I didn’t like my top. I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll be right back!’ and then I came back and he had left. And then he came out and said all these ridiculous untrue things about me,”
12. Lady Gaga Has A Desire For A Pink Pubic Mannequin
Lady Gaga is known to shock the world with her outrageous outfits and performances on stage, so naturally, her tour rider is going to have at least one crazy thing on it right?
Rest assured she has you covered as included in her demands is a mannequin with pink pubic hair.
Now keep in mind this is something that should be provided at every show, which means not only has one person had to track down such an item but several people do on a regular basis.
While the leak was from 2013 and she may have since moved away from her pubic inspired art, it still remains a pretty ridiculous request.
11. Don’t You Dare Try And Talk To Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey is going to have himself a nice career boost when his television show transitions from Chicago to Los Angeles this upcoming fall. But not all of his current staffers are making the transition and perhaps as retribution, a memo was released that Harvey had sent to his staff laying down some strict ground rules including
“Do not come to my dressing room unless invited. Do not approach me while I’m in the makeup chair unless I ask to speak with you directly. You must schedule an appointment. I promise you I will not entertain you in the hallway, and do not attempt to walk with me.”
Harvey defended his seemingly strict rules, saying in an interview,
“Look, man, I’m in my makeup chair, they walk in the room. I’m having lunch, they walk in, they don’t knock. I’m in the hallway, I’m getting ambushed by people with friends that come to the show and having me sign this and do this.”
10. Bieber Wants Vehicles For His 120 Friends
When it comes to breaking down the ridiculous things in Justin Bieber‘s tour rider it’s hard to know where to start.
How about the fact that, at least in the case of this particular rider, he requests 5 dishes per day over his 4 day stay, with each dish being renamed after one of his songs?
Bieber also doesn’t travel alone, in fact, far from it. Included in his rider was the requirement for 2 Volvo buses and 10 luxury sedans so that he and his 120 friends that make up his entourage can get around.
Bieber also requested several items be flown in to accompany on his tour, including his washing machine, a massage table, and a ping-pong table.
9. Katy Perry Requires Strict Rules For Driver, Including No Eye-Contact
Whenever you see a video or photo of Katy Perry it can absolutely be hard to take your eyes off of her. But if you ever found yourself in the position of driving her around, you better make sure that your eyes are never on her.
Perry’s tour demands were released in 2011 which included,
“Chauffeurs not allowed to start conversations with Katy or her guests. Chauffeurs not to look in rear view mirror at passengers. Drivers can’t ask for autographs or photos.”
Perry also made sure to note that her hotel must be fitting for a princess and feature absolutely no carnations.
8. Johnny Depp Refuses A Script Over Female Villain
While part of our list is focused on specific items that celebrities have demanded, for Johnny Depp it was a change in casting that you may agree, sounds pretty ridiculous.
Terry Rossio who is an accomplished screenwriter and has worked on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has recently come out and said he wrote an outstanding new Pirates movie that was only turned away for one reason; it had a female lead villain.
“My version of ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ was set aside because it featured a female villain, and Johnny Depp was worried that would be redundant to “Dark Shadows,” which also featured a female villain…Sometimes it just takes a single decision by a single person, often just a whim, to destroy years of story creation and world-building.”
Demanding the gender of the villain you play, especially because you’re worried people will compare it too much to your previous film (that just happened to also be disappointing) is far from what you want from your lead actor on a series.
7. Lopez Dropped From IPL Opening Ceremony After Demands
When Katy Perry performed to start the Indian Premier League in 2012 over 56 million people tuned in. So understandably when Jennifer Lopez got offered the spot in 2013, you’d imagine everyone involved was pretty excited.
At least until Lopez’s demands of a private plane, hotel rooms for her entire entourage and a personal chef among other reportedly outrageous demands that a source for the event said
“She effectively priced herself out of the event. It was an idiotic move because the audience for this event is huge. It’s like the Super Bowl halftime show.”
While Lopez’s camp denied that it was her demands that caused the cancellation, Lopez has been attacked in the past for her “diva ways” helping adding some credibility to the claims of the organizers.
6. Nicki Minaj Refuses To Perform Until Grass Gets Cut
When Nicki Minaj showed up late to her concert at T In The Park in Scotland, fans were understandably less than pleased.
Especially when rumors started to circulate that Minaj was late because she refused to walk on the grass outside of her room because it was too tall,
“Nicki went mad about the grass around her area, saying it was far too long for her to walk on. She threw a complete strop, pouting and pointing and asking someone to get a lawnmower to sort it out.” said a source when talking to The Sun newspaper.
Minaj has since defended the claims, saying,
“I hope whoever made that lie up chokes to death. It’s the most absurd thing I’ve heard printed about me in a very long time. Who gives two f—s about someone’s grass? I was wearing my wellies and it was all mud,”
as well as saying “I would never tell anyone to cut grass. I don’t give two s—s about anyone’s grass..It’s sad because I can’t defend myself against these lies.”
It was also reported however that Minaj made a similar demand a month earlier, so who knows who is really telling the truth?
5. Busta Rhymes Demands First Service At Burger Joint
When Busta Rhymes is hungry, you better not get in his way. At least that’s what everyone in the Cheeseburger Baby restaurant found out back in 2013.
After one of entourage members entered the crowded restaurant and demanded to be able to cut the line because they’re famous, they were informed they’d have to wait.
If that wasn’t infuriating enough for Rhymes, he was also outraged at the fact that his burger had the condiments on the side….which is how they do it at Cheeseburger Baby.
Stephanie Vitori, who is the business owner recanted the rest of the story in a past interview saying that Rhymes proceeded to start swearing,
4. Naomi Campbell Demands A Plane Doesn’t Leave
You can imagine that the feeling of sitting down on a flight and realizing you don’t have one of your bags is stressful. But would you honestly ever think you had the right to demand the plane not leave until you find it?
If you’re supermodel Naomi Campbell you bet your ass you do. It was back in 2008 when Campbell flew into a rage while waiting for her flight to leave Heathrow airport and head to Los Angeles.
Campbell reported screamed at Capt Sutherland, saying,
“I can’t believe you have lost my f****** bag. Bring me my f****** bags now,” and after being told her options said,
“How dare you tell me what my options are? You are not leaving until you find my f****** bags.”
3. Van Halen Requests No Brown M&Ms
Van Halen knew how to rock out with the best of them on stage, but it was definitely a lot of work to get the show running on a regular basis. So Van Halen decided to make a ridiculous demand, that there be absolutely no brown M&Ms in their requested M&Ms.
The reason, however, isn’t because of their ego, but as lead singer David Lee Roth explained,
“If I came backstage, having been one of the architects of this lighting and staging design, and I saw brown M&Ms on the catering table, then I guarantee the promoter had not read the contract rider, and we would have to do a serious line check.”
2. Kirk Cameron Gets Julia McCullough Fired Over Playboy Photos
Kirk Cameron was one of the main attractions of the television show Growing Pains, but you may agree with us that nobody has the right to demand another star get fired. Especially because Kirk’s issue with Julia McCullough was that she stripped it off for Playboy a few years prior and Cameron – who had recently converted to evangelical Christianity – felt the show was promoting pornography.
McCullough was let go after 11 episodes. It was also reported that Cameron distanced himself from the rest of his co-stars.
When talking about her non-existent relationship with Cameron, McCullough added,
“He thinks if I read science books that I’m going to hell. [I would] rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints … the sinners are much more fun. And a lot more interesting than some book-burner who is still having growing pains. I am at peace with God. Kirk thinks people like me are going to Hell, if I do then at least I’ll go well informed and well read.”
1. Iggy Pop And The Stooges Require 7 Snow White Dwarves
Iggy Pop and the Stooges clearly decided to have some fun when they were coming together with their rider. At over 20 pages, there are no shortage of entertaining things included but the most outrageous has to be a wonderful excerpt that says they will require seven dwarves impersonators dressed in the style of
“That marvelous Walt Disney film about the woman who goes to sleep for a hundred years after biting a poisoned dwarf, or maybe pricking her finger on a rather sharp apple… or something.”
Though to be fair, they did say if you can’t track that down that they’ll settle for a belly dancer.