Justin Bieber ain’t the only musician with a list of jaw-dropping demands that are bound to leave concert organisers in a fix. The Canadian popstar’s leaked tour rider (a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance) — ahead of his maiden India concert on May 10 in Mumbai — became the talk of town recently, with many calling it ‘bizarre’. But why blame Justin alone, when most top names in the international music scene seem to have a penchant for the high life? A big entourage, all things fancy and a fixation for their favourite everything — from food and liquor to furniture, linens and even toiletries (and most of this backstage) — keep their mood going for a hit performance.
Be it Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Jay-Z and Beyonce or Katy Perry, Rihanna, Drake,Taylor Swift and Eminem, here’s a look at your favourite musicians’ tour riders.
A local recreational facility “for a minimum of two private hours” is one of the many demands of the singer-rapper. He also needs access to boating and jet skiing activities. Akon’s dressing room must be stocked with one pound of Fresh Bing Cherries, fresh-baked oatmeal and sugar cookies, three containers of tangerine or mango Altoids, and a $300 bottle (roughly Rs. 21,000) of Ace of Spades champagne. Additionally, Akon requires a juicer and blender for his beverages.
Marlboro Lights (cigarettes), cotton socks, and an ever-important “selection of nibbles” — that’s just the starters! The English rock band members also ask for four dressing rooms, one house electrician, access to four hot showers and 60 bath-sized towels.
24 Coronas, three bottles of Ketel One vodka, single bottle each of Patron tequila, Hennessy cognac, and champagne (either Moët Rose Imperial or Moët Nectar Imperial), pack of sugarless gums, Cold sodas, spring water bottles! That’s not all. The organiser should also provide 100 dollars per day for the artist’s management, and 50 dollars per person to the rest of the crew for immediate travelling for parties every day.
The temperature of Beyoncé’s dressing room must be 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The American singer relishes chicken legs that are “heavily seasoned with cayenne pepper” or juicy baked chicken: legs, wings and breast only (seasoned with fresh garlic, season salt, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper). She only consumes Pepsi products. Her tour rider also includes one CD player, rose-scented candles, a large table for catering (dressed with white tablecloths), and four new white towels in the bathroom (two for face and two for body).
Chicken salad sandwiches, Marlboro Lights, “best quality” red wine and six metal teaspoons in her dressing room. Adele also likes12 small bottles of still (non-carbonated) spring water (at room temperature), an assortment of chewing gums, a small selection fresh fruit, including bananas, apples, grapes, fresh berries, but no citrus fruits!
Neutrogena, Nivea, and L’Occitane products, and his preferred toothpaste and deodorant brand, Arm & Hammer! Kanye also asks for a barber’s chair, Carmex lip balm, shower shoes and alcohol, including four six-packs of Heineken Beer. Oh, and also one tub plain yogurt for dipping snacks.
The singer insists on blue or black drapes layered with “icy-blue chiffon.” Rihanna also needs an animal-print throw rug. Five AC power outlets, adequate lighting for a “relaxed atmosphere”, white drapes to cover lockers and/or brick, one humidifier, six candles, four small, clear, square vases with white Tulips, no foliage (second choice: White Casablanca Lilies, no foliage, third choice: White Freesia, no foliage).
Freeze-dried strawberries, arrangement of pink fresh flowers, white and purple hydrangeas, pink and white roses and peonies. If not available, seasonal white flowers to include white orchids. A box of Huggies baby nature care wipes, six vitamin waters zero, assorted flavours and plastic drinking straws also make it to her tour rider.
Swift’s demands are day specific. For example, if the show is on Thursday, Swift wants chocolate milk, avocados, oranges and smart water. And if the show is on Friday, then the Shake it Off hitmaker wants diet soda, vegetable tray and olives. No, we’re not kiddin’!
Sir Paul McCartney
Halogen floor lamps with dimmer switch, animal free materials, a dry cleaner before arrival, six full and leafy floor plants, but no trees and 20 dozen clean towels outside of the production office — all this is part of McCartney’s tour rider.
“Tall, leafy plants,” Joe Malone vanilla candles, two vases of white roses, and each room must be draped. Wait, there’s more. The entry door should open into the living room space, not the dressing room. And not to forget, the temperature should be 75 degrees Fahrenheit — not more, not less!
So, Eminem has to have a CD player that can play CDs of all types, 25 pound (approx 11kg) dumbbells, 24-Diet Coke bottles, a loaf of white bread, a loaf wheat bread, six snacks (three turkeys and three ham with cheese), six cans of Red Bull, 16 cans of sugar-free Red Bull, large fresh jumbo shrimps with cocktail sauce, plenty of lemons, and one jar of banana pepper rings.
Chocolate almond milk, tuna sandwiches, seven sets of metal silverware, 10 Nutri-Grain Bars (Blueberry, Cherry, Apple, Strawberry), six individual packets of Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal (Brown Sugar and Apple Cinnamon), one assorted fruit platter with strawberries, seedless red grapes, bananas, mango, blueberries, cantaloupe and raspberries for Alicia, please. Phew! And also three menus for local seafood and Italian restaurants.
An entire smoothie station! Yes, that’s what Lady Gaga likes. She also asks for two bottles of white wine — Kendall Jackson or Robert Mondavi preferred, one pack of straws, one cushioned office style chair, TV with cable and a DVD player, one rolling clothing rack, four unscented candles, cool-mist humidifier, three fans, tea kettle, organic ginger and lemongrass tea, and honey.Oh, and also one container of guacamole and hot dogs.
“Good quality” peanut butter and jelly and a clean bucket of ice, seven dressing rooms, desired room temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit, one love seat, one large couch, two matching end tables, two cases of Fiji Water (24 cold/24 room temperature), six cans of Coca-Cola, six cans of Red Bull, six bottles of Vitamin water, one jar of good quality grape jelly, one hot tea service for four, hot water kettle, ceramic and disposable cups. Yes, he needs it all.
Here’s what Drake wants — shaving trimmers, four dozen natural scented incense sticks, Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap, a liquid lather that “tingles the body and clears the mind”, E-Z Wider rolling papers, one pack of Dutch Master President cigars, a case of Heineken, and bottles of Jack Daniel’s, Patron Silver tequila, one bottle of Hennesy or Covourssier and Grey Goose. Drake also advises the stockpiling of speakers.
Barbeque Lays, Cheetos, beef jerky, a case of Bud Light (cans only), a case of Miller Lite (cans only), two bottles of Bacardi Clear Rum, two bottles of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon), packs of Blue Orbitz gum, a package of peppered or teriyaki beef jerky and one bag of Hershey’s chocolate minis. Guess it’s mostly food and drinks for Shelton.
So, whose demands got you saying, “Whaaaaaa?”
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