Who requires ‘bendy’ straws for their Cristal champagne? Who ‘needs’ a separate room for her wigs? Who demands furniture in their dressing room have ‘no busy patterns?
True, some celebrities are fine with the requisite cheese tray and (generic) bottled water. Everyone’s heard of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Van Halen‘s[/lastfm] request regarding M&M’s, (WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES),” but that, according to the band, was just to make sure that their lengthy rider was read and not just passed over. I remember years ago, when I was a young(er!) DJ working in Saginaw, MI, and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Diana Ross[/lastfm] blew through town for a tour, the venue that hosted revealed afterwards that everything leading to and from her dressing room be draped in white, so she didn’t have to see the backs of her band’s equipment, power supply and electrical cords and stage sets – in other words – she didn’t want to see anything ‘ugly’ on her way to her (throne) stage.
One Diva/AI judge requires: “A 40-foot trailer furnished in all white from top to bottom — white flowers, white tablecloths, white drapery, white couches, white candles … everything!”
A Hip Hop artists’ rider states “Any driver that chauffeurs him around must be swaddled in 100% cotton. No man-made fibers!”
This eccentric musician wants: “An on-site doctor to inject the star with B12 vitamin shots before each show. He’s also requested that all furniture in his dressing room be covered in plastic.” (Grandma would be proud!)
And, maybe the kicker? Another Diva requests that “All concert venues must install a brand-new toilet seat in her dressing room bathroom before her arrival.”