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Van Halen demanded all from the group's candy bowl. Turns out that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to music stars'backstage demands.
OutletslikeThe Smoking Gunand Defamer have reportedon a variety of leaked backstage documentsknown as tour riders. A tour rider sets the terms that a venue must fulfill for an artist's performance. We sifted through 20 such riders to see what major musicians want in their dressing rooms. It can get pretty weird.
Some requests may confirm diva suspicions — as withKanye West's various requests for a barber's chair and a Coke and Hennessy slushy machine. But we were more surprised by otherrequests, like one rap star who demandedLunchables.
From specific scentedcandles to organic honey bans, see what the biggest artistsask for backstage:
Beyoncé demands her dressing room be kept at 78 degrees and asks for chicken legs "HEAVILY SEASONED" with cayenne pepperand rose-scented candles. And don't have Coca-Cola products anywhere near her — Beyoncé can only be seen with Pepsi products due to a contractual agreement.
1 Large table for catering dressed with white tablecloths.
Dressing room should be 78 degrees
4 Brand New White Towels in bathroom (2 face & 2 body)
Juicy Baked Chicken: Legs, Wings & Breast only (Please season with fresh garlic, season salt, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper HEAVILY SEASONED!!)
Steamed Garlic Broccoli
Lightly Seasoned Green Beans
Lightly Seasoned Steamed Spinach
Beyoncé can only have Pepsi products.
1 Case of Aquafina water (half cold, half room temperature)
1 Hot Tea Set up (Please have NEW Coffee Pot)
Sliced Lemons Wedges
Rose scented candles
Lighter for candles
Adele's many requests includechicken salad sandwiches, Marlboro Lights, the "best quality" red wine, and sixmetal teaspoons in her dressing room. She also bans organic honey.
12 Small bottles still (non-carbonated) spring water (at room temperature)
1 Electric kettle for BOILING water
6 Large mugs for tea. All mugs should be new, washed and dried.
6 metal teaspoons
2 "Squeezy" bottles clear honey (not organic)
1 Bottle very best quality red wine (Italian, French or Spanish)
1 Assortment of chewing gum
1 Pack Marlboro Light plus 1 disposable cigarette lighter
1 Small selection fresh fruit, to include bananas, apples, grapes, fresh berries NO CITRUS FRUIT!
1 Small plate of assorted freshly made, individually wrapped sandwiches, to include chicken salad. Sandwiches must NOT contain tomatoes, vinegar, chili or citrus fruit
Among Kanye's previous requests are a barber's chair, Carmex lip balm, shower shoes, and a lot of alcohol. On his most recent "Saint Pablo" tour, Westdemanded a slushy machine with mixes of Coke and Hennessy and Grey Goose and lemonade.
1 Tub Plain Yogurt for dipping
4 small Yoplait Yogurt
1 Bowl of assorted nuts
1 Bowl of Sunkist Salted Pistachio Nuts (No Red Coloring)
2 Packs of Extra Chewing Gum
1 Bottle of Hot Sauce (Tabasco, Caribbean Type)
1 Box of Toothpicks
1 750 ml bottle of Hennessey Liquor
1 750 ml bottle of SKY or Absolut Vodka
1 Bottle of Patron Silver Tequila
4 Six Packs of Heineken Beer
Thesingerinsistson blue or black drapes layered with "icy-blue chiffon." Rihanna also needs an animal-print throw rug and has a very specific candle request.
5 AC power outlets
Adequate lighting for a "relaxed atmosphere"
White drapes to cover lockers and/or brick
1 Large throw rug — plush and animal print (Cheetah, Leopard) … must be CLEAN, as she will walk on it barefoot.
Pipe and Drape the room in Dark Blue or Black drapes with Icy Blue Chiffon draped nicely on top
6 Candles — Archipelago Black Forest (if you can't get these, please let me know ASAP as we have a 2nd choice of candle for Ri).
4 Small, clear, square vases with White Tulips, no foliage (2nd choice: White Casablanca Lilies no foliage, 3rd choice: White Freesia, no foliage)
Don't bring Katy Perry carnations. In addition to very specific flower rules, the "Teenage Dream" singer's food list is quite specific, complete with freeze-dried strawberries and Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio.
Arrangement of pink fresh flowers. White and purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses and peonies. If not available, seasonal white flowers to include white orchids–ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS.
A box of Huggies baby nature care wipes
6 Vitamin waters zero, assorted flavors
Bowl of whole fresh organic grown fruit (apples, bananas, oranges and grapes)
Plate of fresh-cut Crudités (to include cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, snap peas, celery) w/ ranch dip
Snyder's of Hanover Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel
Jar of Salsa
Baked (blue corn if possible) Tortilla Chips
Freeze dried strawberries
2 bottles of Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio
Throat coat, Twinnings Chamomile PG tips and Mint medley tea.
Fuze slenderize assorted flavors
A jar of quality honey
Plastic drinking straws
Sir Paul McCartney
The animal-rights supporter bans fur, leather, and meat from his dressing room. The Beatle is also big with plants.
All lamps must be halogen floor lamps with dimmer switch.
Only animal free materials (cottons, denims, velour, etc.)
Do not provide furniture made of any animal skin or print.
Do not provide artificial versions of animal skin or print either.
No leather seating is allowed in the black stretch limousine either.
Arrange for a dry cleaner before arrival.
6 Full and leafy floor plants, but no trees.
We want plants that are just as full on the bottom as the top such as palm, bamboo, peace lilies, etc. No tree trunks!
$50.00 - One large arrangement of white Casablanca lilies with lots of foliage.
$40.00 - One long stemmed arrangement of pale pink and white roses with lots of foliage.
$35 One arrangement of freesia. It comes in various colors so please mix them up. Freesia is a favorite.
20 dozen clean towels outside of the production office.
Mariah Carey's list includes eight "tall, leafy plants," Joe Malone vanilla candles, two vases of white roses, and drapes around every perimeter.
Each room must be draped. Black drapes are fine.
The entry door should open into the living room space, not the dressing room.
Temperature should be about 75 degrees.
1 Three Seat Couch — Plain Color, no busy patterns; black, dark grey, cream, dark pink are fine
12 1 Liters of Fiji Water
3 Bottles Chardonnay — Chilled
12 Diet Coke
12 Vanilla Protein Drinks
6 Sparkling Water (Pellegrino)
12 Melon Flavor Gatorade
6 Red Wine Glasses
6 White Wine Glasses
4 Joe Malone Vanilla Candles
2 Vases White Roses
Fried Chicken (warm)
12 Small Bottles water (room temperature)
3 Whole lemons and honey
The "Rap God" isn't too high-maintenance. Other than fruit, food, and drinks, he just wants access to some weights to work out. Make sure Marshall Mathers also has a CD player that can play burned CDs and some Lunchables.
25 pound dumbbells
24-Diet Coke 16oz plastic bottles
12 Diet Coke 12oz cans
6 Verner ginger ale soda (or Schweppes)
48 Daisani, Poland Spring 12oz bottles "NO Evian"
1 Loaf white bread
1 Loaf wheat bread
6 Lunchables snacks (3 turkeys & 3 ham with cheese)
6 Cans Red Bull
16 Cans Sugar-Free Red Bull
Large fresh jumbo shrimps with cocktail sauce and plenty of lemons
1 Jar of banana pepper rings
The '70s and '80s legendGrace Jones wants oysters and insists that she will do "her own shucking" of her requested molluscs, according to the followingexcerpt of hertour rider list leaked by Defamer. She also needs a lot of very specific wine bottles.
6 Bottles of Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne
3 Bottles of French Vintage red wine (e.g. St Emilion, Medoc, Bordeaux)
3 Bottles of French Vintage white wine (e.g. Sancerre, Pouilly Fuisse)
2 Dozen Findeclare or Colchester Oysters on ice (unopened)—(Grace does her own shucking.)
2 Sashimi and Sushi platters for 8 people
6 Fresh lemons
1 Bottle of Tabasco sauce
1 Fresh fruit platter for 8 people
6 Bottles of Coca Cola
12 Bottles of still and sparkling water
12 Bottles of fresh fruit juices
Wine glasses, champagne flutes, tumblers (all glass, no plastic)
Cutlery and sharp knife
1 Oyster knife
1 Make up mirror (no neon strip lighting, only opaque white bulbs)
Fresh towels, clothes hangers, clothes rail
3-4 Bunches of flowers—prefer lilys and orchids
Sofa and arm chairs
According to Complex, Drake requests two specific brands of body care items: Nivea chapstick and Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap, which he says "tingles the body and clears the mind."
Four dozen natural-scented incense sticks
Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap
E-Z Wider rolling papers and a pack of Dutch Master President cigars
Bottles of Jack Daniel’s
Patron Silver tequila
Abottle of Hennesey or Courvoisier
Andis T-Outliner trimmers
Extra sets of speakers
Jack White's rider made headlines last year for its explicit "no banana policy" — which White later attributed to an allergy on his touring team — and its inclusion of a highly specific homemade guacamole recipe.
1 dozen chicken wings (buffalo, teryaki, suprise us)
1 bowl of FRESH HOME-MADE GUACAMOLE (recipe below)
8 champagne flutes (real glass)
8 wine glasses (real glass)
8 highball glasses (real glass)
1 hummus & pita chips
iPod player with sufficient volume control
NO fluorescent lighting
PLEASE NOTE: This is a NO BANANA TOUR. (Seriously)
Madonna's brief yet complextour rider list reportedly requires room for her 200-person entourage and 20 international phone lines to call friends in other countries, according to Complex.
2o international phone lines
Her backstage room must look exactly like her own home (that means she ships around her furniture)
Special flower-scented fabric
Personal chef who prepares only vegan foods
Her own dry-cleaning service
Give all the room-temperature Evian (and Aquafina) water to Alicia Keys. The singer asks for chocolate almond milk, tuna sandwiches, and specific Glade candle scents.
7 sets of metal silverware
3 Glade Candles (French Vanilla, Rain shower, Wild Berry, Tangerine Ginger)
3 Cans of Chunk White Tuna
10 Nutri-Grain Bars (Blueberry, Cherry, Apple, Strawberry)
6 Individual Packets of Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal (Brown Sugar and Apple Cinnamon)
1 Assorted Fruit Platter with strawberries, seedless red grapes, bananas, mango, blueberries, cantaloupe and raspberries
2 Cases of beer (one imported and one domestic; brands preferred: Amstel Light, Corona, Bud, Bud Light or local beer)
3 menus for local seafood and Italian restaurants to order meals for Alicia
Jay Z's rider requires a confounding seven separate dressing rooms, as well as "good quality" peanut butter and jelly and a clean bucket of ice.
7 Dressing Rooms
Desired room temperature of 72 degrees
1 Love Seat
1 Large Couch
2 Matching End Tables
2 48 Cases of Fiji Water (24 cold/24 room temperature)
6 Cans of Coca-Cola
6 Cans of Red Bull
6 Bottles of Vitamin Water
1 Jar of good quality peanut butter
1 Jar of good quality grape jelly
1 Hot tea service for 4: hot water kettle, ceramic and disposable cups
All requests for alcohol were shaved from the list.
Mary J. Blige
R&B legendMary J. Blige will not use a "public" toilet, in any sense of the word. Her rider list requires a "private toilet (with new toilet seat)."
10 medium prewashed bath sized towels
NO DAIRY OR PORK OF ANY KIND!!
10 1.5 liter bottles of FIJI water (absolutely, positively must be FIJI)
6 cans of Diet Dr. Pepper
6 cans of Schweeps Ginger Ale
2 packs of Mentos — cinnamon fresh only
6 cans of Red Bull energy drink
6 bottles of Black Cherry Propells in sports bottle
8 sets of silverware
1 tub of clean ice
Break out the blenders for Mother Monster. Gaga gets an entire smoothie station in her dressing room.
2 Bottles of white wine with wine opener — Kendall Jackson or Robert Mondavi preferred
1 Pack of Straws
1 Cushioned office style chair
TV with cable and a DVD player
1 Rolling clothing rack
4 Unscented candles
Tea kettle, organic ginger and lemongrass tea and honey are very important.
1 4 pack of Red Bull Light (on ice)
2 Bottles of Green Tea
1 Container of Guacamole
Hot dogs (Yves veggie dogs eaten with toothpicks)
A smoothie station (with frozen berries, fuze and whey protein or non-fat Greek yogurt) Blender needed
1 Plate of cheese (non-smelly, non-sweaty on ice) with whole wheat/healthy crackers
A mix of assorted fresh fruit (cut and must have edible skin OR edible seeds OR citrus)
Cher's extensive (and dated) list from a 1999tour demands a "wig room," rooms for her male and female dancers, and one for Dr. Stacey, a massage therapist, among many other things.
1 Room for Dr. Stacey
1bottle of fine red wine (No Kendall Jackson)
1 bottle of fine white wine (No Kendall Jackson)
1 coffee table
1 end table for the phone to be placed on
TV with VCR with a cable Hook up. Please make sure we can get the following channels: Turner Classic Movies or AMC.
Taylor Swift's tour buses are essentiallythe equivalent of a dorm room. Just make sure if she's arriving before 11 a.m. you've made a pit stop to Starbucks.
If arriving before 11 a.m., the following from Starbucks:
1 Grande ICED Caramel Latte w/ 2 sweet-n-lows
1 Grande ICED Americano w/ 2 sweet-n-lows with soy milk
1 slice pumpkin loaf
1 Stick Butter
3 Boxes Kraft Macaroni/Cheese
2 Four Packs of Red Bull
1 12 Pack Corona Beer
1 12 Pack New Castle Beer
1 Bottle Welch's Grape Juice
1 Bag of Twizzlers red licorice
1 Case of Smart Water
1 Pint Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
1 Pint Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Brownie Frozen Yogurt
Punk icon Iggy Pop's 18-page rider from 2006 is a monstrosity that includes, among many ridiculous requests, a demand for"Somebody dressed as Bob Hope" to do impersonations of the dead comedian.
A copy of USA Today that's got a story about morbidly obese people in it
6 bottles of Grolsch or decent local beer
F------ loads of good red wines
6 large bottles of good quality sparkling water
3 cases x 12 oz bottles of still mineral water
6 bottles of alcohol free beer
1 case of big bottles of good, premium beer
A bottle of vodka
Cauliflower/broccoli, cut into individual florets and thrown immediately into the garbage. I f------ hate that.
Van Halen's infamous request was reportedly instituted so that concert promoterswould be forced to pay close attention to all the items on their extensive list — or else forfeit the profits of their show, due to a contract clause. You can find a sampling of their ridiculous rider below and the full version at The Smoking Gun.
M&MS (WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES)
1 large tube of KY jelly
3 packs of Marlboro cigarettes (box)
Herring in sour cream
2 gallons non-carbonated, bottled spring water
3 fifths Jack Daniels Black Label bourbon
2 fifths Stolichnaya vodka
1 pint Southern Comfort
2 bottles Blue Nun white wine
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Many artists/bands prefer to have water on stage to hydrate or an energy drink to rejuvenate. It is important to include a pay-out option in case the promoter/venue cannot provide the food and drinks.What is a dressing room rider? ›
Broadly speaking, tour riders outline all the terms that a venue must meet when an artist comes to give a performance. They generally include each artist's detailed demands for food, decorations, and other personal touches in their dressing rooms.What is a rider for musicians? ›
In theater, dance, and live musical performances, a rider is a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance, which are typically fulfilled by the hosting venue.What is it called when celebrities request for dressing room? ›
Let's assume that many of the people reading this blog have been on tour before and know what a “backstage rider” is. But for those of you who don't it's simply a document that you (or your band) give to the venue which lists your demands for backstage, especially your dressing room (also known as the green room).What does Mariah Carey demand in her dressing room? ›
Mariah's requests are legendary to say the least. She reportedly once asked for 20 white kittens and 100 white doves in her dressing room. She's also rumoured to have asked for vitamin water, so she could bathe her dogs and an assistant to handle her used chewing gum.Do artists pay to play at venues? ›
Yes, bands often pay music venues for pay-to-play shows. However, this isn't traditional practice. Generally, reputable music venues pay performers to increase how many customers come in and how long they stay.What is Taylor Swift's rider? ›
Swift's rider is equivalent to the common white girl's grocery shopping list. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Twizzlers, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and Starbucks; what more could a girl want?How do bands get paid on tour? ›
Let's say you sell out a venue to max capacity, which is 1,000. The tickets sell for $20, meaning the show generated $20,000. If you get 85% of the sales, your band takes home $17,000 for one show!Who pays for a hospitality rider? ›
1 – Festival/Promoter Pays for the Rider
If you're playing at a festival with sponsors or anywhere that the contract states a Flat Deal (when there are no overages based on ticket sales), then it's usually up to the promoter to provide hospitality at their cost.
Rider is a legal term referring to the additions made to an existing contract. It is tacked on to, or “rides,” the original agreement — that's how it got its name.What should I ask for a rider? ›
- Backline (instruments, amps, and/or DJ equipment)
- Stage size.
- Stage plot.
- Venue staffing needs.
A tour rider, for the unaware, is a list of demands sent by an artist to a venue ahead of a gig, usually requesting some very specific food and drink requirements backstage ahead of their arrival.What is Taylor Swift's rider? ›
Swift's rider is equivalent to the common white girl's grocery shopping list. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Twizzlers, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and Starbucks; what more could a girl want?What is a rider for famous people? ›
Tour riders, the backstage and dressing room requests that venues must fulfil for their A-List stars, have a habit of making their way into the press.What is a rider in TV? ›
In simple terms, a 'Rider' is a list of requirements, requests or conditions that a performer or celebrity expects in addition to their appearance fee.