A rider is a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. Types of riders include hospitality and
technical. (source: wikipedia)
The musicians use riders to demand how their equipment needs to
be set, how to organize their rooms or what food and drink they want to have.
Let's get the party started: here are some interesting ones:
As if you need another reason to love Iggy Pop, the veteran rocker (and his band The Stooges) have the single most entertaining concert rider TSG has ever obtained.
The document-all 18 pages of which you'll find here--describes Iggy's requirements in terms of amplifiers, security, lighting, stage set up, and dressing rooms.
For example, in describing how Iggy's dressing room should be made to "look less like a typical rock & roll dressing room," the rider suggests that promoters "just let someone loose with a little bit of artistic flair...Er, do you know any homosexuals?"
Madonna's demands for her MDNA tour were also leaked, though I guess it's kinda OK when you're the Queen of Pop and all. But it did include gems like:
"She requires all furniture be removed from the rooms and replaced with her own pieces that she has shipped in."
"20 international phone lines in the room as well as special white and pink roses that must have the stems cut to six inches."
And you know standard stuff like...
"a personal chef, acupuncturist and an on-site dry-cleaner."
Marilyn Manson’s list of demands includes Haribo gummi bears (only) and a bald, toothless hooker (according to his management, a joke Manson includes in the hope of one day meeting one).
Queen Latifah, dispelling all stereotypes, demanded a 12-piece bucket of KFC and a 12-pack of Lifestyle or Rough Rider condoms.
Prince insists that all food be wrapped in clear plastic film, to be unwrapped by him only.
Katy Perry’s 45-page rider insists that her driver is not allowed to talk to or make eye contact with her.
When she played the O2 Arena last year, two of Britney Spears’ weirdest requests were McDonalds hamburgers (without the buns) and a framed photo of Princess Diana, WTF?! Another rider states that If her dressing room phone gets an incoming call, she charges the venue a $5,000 fine. MOre food demands: Doritos, KFC,
PopTarts, Captain Crunch and surprisingly Vegetable tray
M.I.A.’s 26-page tour rider leaked online and, in-between regular requests like vitamins, dried mangos and a bottle of absinthe, she asked for three women, between the ages of 20 and 25, to dance on stage, wearing full body burkas. Which is totally badass.
In 2011, before appearing at the Tennent’s Vital festival in Northern Ireland, Eminem asked for a wooden pond to be constructed in his backstage area and filled with koi carp. Hmm wonder what for?
Van Halen and their brown M&Ms. In the '80s, Van Halen’s infamous “Chinese phone book” sized rider painted them as the biggest douchebags on the planet, after details emerged that they'd demanded a giant supply of M&Ms, but if there were any brown M&Ms backstage, the promoter automatically forfeited the entire show, at FULL pay. It wasn't until years later, that David Lee Roth explained they were in fact dicking-on promoters who hadn't read the fine print, and not in fact a band that were particularly touchy about confectionery.
Jennifer Lopez has, in the past, reportedly demanded that the tables, chairs, couches and candles in her dressing room all be white, bottles of Evian water at room temperature, no tomato, apple and grape juices in the vicinity, yellow roses with red trim, and a supply of Balance Bars in the Honey Peanut variety.
Riders have also exposed a hidden sensitivity to be found in some of today's macho rappers, with LL Cool J requesting 24 long-stem dethorned roses. Meanwhile, the beefy 50 Cent can't stand the odour of meat before a performance so he has insisted that no cooked flesh is near him at any time backstage. Who'd have thought Fiddy would have so much in common with Morrissey?
The couch has to be “wide enough for her to stretch out on and sometimes take a nap.” “6-8 throw pillows for couches – animal print (cheetah, leopard) (NO sequins). Large throw rug “must be CLEAN, as she will walk on it barefoot.”
She's a worldwide super star and it seems that Beyoncé has rider demands to match her icon status.
The 31-year-old singer is said to have a list of specific requirements for every venue on her Mrs Carter world tour and her mandate includes alkaline water, new toilet seats and bizarrely red toilet paper, according to reports.
Beyoncé has also requested that all her crew members wear 100 percent cotton, her water is chilled to 21 degrees and served through $900 titanium straws and she has access to hand carved ice balls after every show to cool her throat, Another demand on her rider is: “Juicy baked chicken” with the instruction, “Please season with fresh garlic, season salt, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper. HEAVILY SEASONED!!”
Jay-Z: Venue transportation must be a late-model black Mayback (either a 57 or 62 model, preferably).
A lsit of drinks including two bottles of $300 champagne and two $200 bottles of 2004 Sassicaia,
Kanye West demands
Hand sanitizer, Nivea Intensive Lotion, Neutrogena face scrub Carmex lip balm, Pepsi ”NO COKE PRODUCTS” Kanye West only rides with drivers who are wearing 100 percent cotton, “no man-made fibers.”
Adele. Any fan or journalist receiving free tickets to her show is required to donate $20 to a charity of her choosing. Only the “very best quality red wine” and “best quality European lager beer.” “North American beer is NOT acceptable.”
Crazy stuff, hope you enjoyed your Monday gossip:-)