Picky Picky! It’s no secret that almost all performers have some sort of rider, which is a set of demands that must be met at the venue. While most riders include hospitality and technical items such as towels, security, etc. there have been a few, can we say, outlandish and excessive demands made by some artists.
Call them demanding, call them odd… either way these riders, both long and short, are proof that celebrities can get away with asking for just about anything- Ranging from the less conventional to the downright disturbing.
Below are 14 performers with the craziest backstage demands.
14- Kanye West
Famous for his music, tyrants at awards shows, and being married to a reality starlet, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West is demanding in another way as well- When it comes to what he wants waiting for him at venues. According to The Smoking Gun, Kanye is downright serious about his skincare. He requests two tubes of carmex lip balm, a bottle of Neutrogena dandruff shampoo, one bar of L’Occitane soap, Neutrogena facial scrub, and Nivea Intensive Moisturizing Lotion. In addition to his personal care, West demands imported and re-cut Versace towels be on hand at all times. Also noted is any person who drives West around must wear clothes made of 100% cotton and “no man-made fibers.”
The original diva Cher has stood out like no other when it comes to her public image. Which makes sense as to why she requests an entire room just for her wigs. Cher’s special backstage room for her famous hair styles needs to be complete with one large table and three chairs. She also demands a room solely for her masseuse, fresh cut Casa Blanca lilies, and 12 black Solo cups. Finally, she asks for a TV showing classic movies and makes it clear that absolutely no fake plants are permitted.
It’s only a given that a super-star like Prince would have high demands, but a few of his found in his rider are rather strange. For example, he requests a doctor be present to inject him with B-12 shots- at least he’s health conscious, as well as Yogi cocoa tea, and jasmine and lavender scented candles. Prince shows his diva side as he wants tables throughout the venue to collect flowers and gifts from fans, and that all of his food in his dressing room be wrapped in plastic wrap, to be opened by him, and only him.
11- Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez has a whole host of specific demands, but a few top the shocking list. For example, per VH1, Lopez demands that her coffee be stirred counter-clockwise… Excessive much? Her rider also includes that just about anything be in white from the flowers, food and tables, to the couches and drapes. She also demands room temperature Evian water and no grape or apple juices. You definitely would not want the grape juice with everything having to be white!
10- Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber’s rider is about as unique as he is, in that it is interesting, odd, and demanding. Bieber requests herbal teas, both peanut butter and cheese Ritz Bitz, Swedish fish, and assorted sizes of low-rise socks and plain white t-shirts. He also demands that no one on staff speak to him directly and they must be clean and dress nice. Simple enough…
9- Britney Spears
Femme Fatale Britney Spears has an interesting rider. In the past she used to request comfort foods like fried chicken and Cheetos. Now, having gotten healthier over the years, she bans junk food from her dressing room, however one request hasn’t changed… A framed photo of Princess Diana. To add a bit of oddity to the demands, VH1 advises that Spears will charge a $5,000 fine to the venue if the phone in her dressing room rings.
8- Barbara Streisand
Barbara Streisand requests that her hotels place rose petals in her toilet bowl. Yes you read that correctly… In her toilet bowl. She also demands 120 designer bath towels in peach, 150 folding chairs and 5 living room sets. If that didn’t seem absurd enough there’s more- Streisand demands 10 “torchiere style” floor lamps, a police K-9 team to sweep the venue before performances, and metal detectors at every door.
I don’t think anyone would argue with Madonna’s demands, given she is MADONNA, which is why she can get away with asking for brand new toilet seats at each venue. The Queen of pop also demands a 20-person entourage including personal chefs, a yoga instructor and an acupuncturist. Also listed in her detailed rider are 20 international phone lines, as well as lilies and white and light-pink roses that have stems cut precisely to 6 inches. According to complex.com, Madonna likes to “feel at home” so she ships her home furniture along every stop of her tour. She also demands special flower-scented fabric and her own dry-cleaning service.
6- Katy Perry
Katy Perry has a 45-page rider that requests items from the “ok that sounds about right” to “I’m sorry what?” She requests two cream-colored egg chairs, one with a matching ottoman, as well as a refrigerator with a glass door. According to OK! Magazine, she requires a modern style coffee table, a pair of floor lamps, and hydrangeas, roses, peonies, and “absolutely no carnations.” Perry also demands someone to wash and cut her fruit and vegetables for her, and here’s the kicker- No one on staff is permitted to speak to her. Ouch…
5- Marilyn Manson
It may be surprising (or it may not) about what we are going to say Marilyn Manson demands in his rider… Rocker Manson is no stranger to throwing everyone off the curve. With that being said some of his demands are semi-normal, such as Doritos and cereal with 2% milk, but that’s about as close as it gets. According to OK! Magazine, Manson requests Hasbro gummi bears and a “bald, toothless hooker.” That’s more of the Marilyn Manson we all know.
4- Lady Gaga
It wouldn’t be the same without Lady Gaga being on the list. According to OK! Magazine Lady Gaga requests bottles of “good” red and white wines, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and silver and black satin fabric draped all over the walls. She also wants one cushioned office style chair and old rock posters of David Bowie, Queen, Elton John and Billie Holiday. That doesn’t sound too outlandish… Well we aren’t done. Gaga stays true to her unique and wacky self, requesting her staff to speak in “Cockney” accents for the entire event, and a mannequin with puffy pink pubic hair.” That sounds more like Lady Gaga.
3- The Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters have a rider that is pretty simple, but oddly ridiculous. From used DVD’s and magazines to coloring books, their requests aren’t so much exuberant, as they are off-the-wall. One of their requests includes vegetable soup, “because meaty soups make the roadies fart.” According to OK! Magazine, The Foo Fighters may have the best rider of all time in that their requests range from bacon, which they call “God’s currency” to 24 large bath towels, and insisting on Solo cups. The band also likes a lot of good bread, illustrated with pictures of croissants throughout their 52-page rider, as well as stinky cheese.
2- Iggy Pop
Veteran rocker Iggy Pop and his band “The Stooges”, are famous for their 18-page rider, which is apparently hilarious as well as demanding. Aside from requesting dinner for 10 people, Iggy Pop demands grapefruit juice and bread, just no Subway sandwiches. To add a bit of absurdity, per VH1, here are a few requests that top the “say what?” chart: A Bob Hope impersonator on call to do jokes, seven short people dressed up as a character from Snow White, and a USA Today article about morbidly obese people. In addition he requests a pack of cards, “for me… in case one of the band’s girlfriends fancies a quick game of strip poker.”
1- Mariah Carey
It’s not surprising that super-star Diva herself, Mariah Carey, tops our list for the most demanding and ridiculous riders. For starters she requests to sip Cristal from bendy straws, confetti shaped as butterflies, and vitamin water to bathe her dog in. She also demands a pink carpet, 20 white kittens and 100 doves. If that isn’t excessive enough we aren’t done- Carey demands an assistant to dispose of her gum, another assistant to help her on the staircases, two dozen white roses, vanilla aromatherapy candles, and couches in dark colors with “no busy patterns.”
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