When celebrities reach a certain level of megafame, they can make crazy demands wherever they go. Some stars, however, go a lot further than simply ordering flowers for their dressing room. From insanely eccentric requests to hilariously egotistical rules, these are the most outrageous celebrity rider demands.
20. Cher – a wig room
Cher is known for her over-the-top glamor and to maintain this onstage persona, she actually requires a whole room just to house her wigs. The legendary singer made the wildly extravagant request on her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour between 2002 and 2005.
19. Christina Aguilera – cartoon vitamins
Yep, you read that right: the pop starlet who blighted the world with “Genie in a Bottle” takes her vitamins like a seven-year-old. Aguilera, in fact, demands chewable vitamins that come shaped like characters from The Flintstones.
18. Jennifer Lopez – custom-made toilet seat
Singer and world-renowned booty shaker Jennifer Lopez will only sit on her custom-made, germ-resistant toilet seat. Although when you consider the fact that Lopez insured her own behind for $27 million, the toilet seat almost sounds sensible.
17. Kanye West – ironed carpet
When he appeared on a U.K. music show in 2013, superstar rapper and all-round egomaniac Kanye West insisted that his dressing room carpet be ironed. Why? Well, Yeezy claimed it was “too bumpy.” Of course he did.
16. Lady Gaga – mannequin with pink pubic hair
Provocative pop star Lady Gaga once demanded a “mannequin with puffy pink pubic hair” in her dressing room. We wouldn’t expect any less from the woman who literally wore slabs of meat and called it a dress.
15. Michael Bublé – 84 towels
Why just have one or two towels when you can have 84? Such is the logic of Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, who bizarrely requests just that many towels on tour – but, curiously, only four bars of soap.
14. Barbara Streisand – metal detectors
Leaving nothing to chance, Hollywood legend Barbara Streisand was adamant that metal detectors be available at all times during her “Barbara Live” world tour in 2012 and 2013, just so her security team could do regular backstage sweeps. Paranoid, much?
13. Celine Dion – diva delicacies
Canadian singer and business mogul Celine Dion is a woman who knows what she likes, right down to the cut of her chips. Throughout her 2008 Taking Chances tour, the diva requested a constant supply of Bavarian figs, French cherries and crinkle-free chips.
12. Sir Paul McCartney – ivory soap
Being part of the most famous band of all time definitely has its perks, and one of those is being able to make whatever loopy demands you want. For former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, that request was for 24 large bars of ivory-colored soap to keep him smelling sweet during his 2002 “Driving” world tour. Yes, sir!
11. Van Halen – M&Ms
It’s now the stuff of celebrity rider legend: California rockers Van Halen notoriously asked for bowls of M&Ms during their 1982 world tour, but they demanded that all the brown ones be taken out. It’s thought that banning the colored candies was simply a way to test the venue team.
10. Madonna – phone lines
Trying to understand the logic of a Madonna whim could drive a person crazy. Especially this totally nonsensical one – during her 2012 MDNA tour, the diva demanded 20 – yep, 20 – international phone lines backstage. But why?!
9. Ben Kweller – fishing bait
Naturally, Texan singer-songwriter Ben Kweller just can’t do a gig without – yes, you’ve guessed it – fishing bait. Apparently Kweller is a huge fishing enthusiast and likes to keep some bait around just in case, even when there’s not a drop of freshwater in sight.
8. Eminem – koi carp
It’s not exactly the gangsta demand you’d expect from the rapper who brought us “The Real Slim Shady.” But yes, Eminem really asked for a wooden pond filled with koi carp when he performed at Northern Ireland’s Tennent’s Vital festival back in 2011.
7. Marilyn Manson – gummy bears and a bald, toothless sex worker
We suspect – and hope – that notorious goth rocker and provocateur Marilyn Manson is just mocking outrageous rider claims with one of these somewhat unusual requests. Apparently Manson’s tour demands include a dressing room stocked not only with gummy bears, but also a “bald-headed toothless hooker.” As you do.
6. Ozzy Osbourne – oxygen tanks
You’d expect a suitably outrageous rider from the reality TV star and rocker who once ate a bat’s head. And Ozzy Osbourne doesn’t disappoint; during his 1999 tour with Black Sabbath, he asked for three tanks of oxygen. Go figure.
5. Iggy Pop – a Bob Hope impersonator
Iggy Pop is arguably the king of bizarre riders. In 2012, for example, he demanded either a Bob Hope impersonator for his dressing room or, failing that, seven dwarves dressed up as in the Disney film. If the dwarves weren’t available, Pop was willing to settle for a belly dancer. The American punk icon also wanted a copy of USA Today featuring a story about “morbidly obese people.” The mind boggles.
4. David Hasselhoff – life-size cut-out of the Hoff
This rider request is proof, if ever we needed it, of David Hasselhoff’s almighty ego. The legendary actor, and unlikely hero of Germans everywhere, simply can’t get by without a life-sized cut-out of you-know-who in his dressing room. Apparently, a mirror just won’t do.
3. Britney Spears – photo of Princess Diana
No, we didn’t see this one coming either. When Britney Spears stopped off at London’s O2 arena during her 2011 Femme Fatale tour, the pop princess requested a framed photo of a real-life princess: Lady Diana.
2. Trent Reznor – cornstarch
During Nine Inch Nails’ 2009 “Wave Goodbye” tour, Trent Reznor made one particularly stringent demand and labeled it “VERY IMPORTANT!” What he really, really needed, of course, was two packets of cornstarch. Apparently, the rocker uses the stuff like talcum powder, and it seems he takes his bath-time routine very seriously indeed. Or those leather pants are just very hard to slip into these days.
1. Bloodhound Gang – monkey skeleton
Ahead of their 2000 world tour, U.S. band Bloodhound Gang sent out a rider requesting, among other items, a “rhesus monkey skeleton.” The band then tried to pass the bizarre demand off as a joke. Strange sense of humor, guys…