We’ve all wanted to feel important at some point in our lives, but how important do we want to feel? How amazing would it be to have people tending to your every whim? You want a massage before going on stage? Right away. You want a private jet to take you to the studio? Yes, sir. You want the room filled with sand, with pina coladas on every surface and a kiddy pool in the middle of the room? Uhh, okay… These are called rider requests, and they’re usually pretty reasonable, but reasonable is boring, so we’re gonna look at what we like to call diva requests, the most absurd, hilarious and downright childish requests from our favourite celebrities.
10. Justin Bieber
Starting us out is the pop wonder boy sensation, Justin Bieber, who has had a horde of adoring fans since the age of 16, around the time he was discovered. By now he must be used to getting attention and having everyone say “yes” all the time. Having a unique childhood can lead to understandably odd behaviour – like requesting that nobody communicates with him directly, or in the days of his fledgling relationship with Selena Gomez, that nobody plays any of her songs…
9. Selena Gomez
Bieber wasn’t alone in his relationship-drama antics. Another child star, Selena Gomez reportedly could not have anyone utter the name “Justin” during the shooting of an Adidas commercial. What is it with celebrity drama that people named Justin can come under the crossfire all because of the whims of teenage love? Is it unreasonable to control how people speak in these cases? What if one of the crew on set happened to be named Justin?
8. Van Halen
Van Halen put bizarre rider requests on the map. They famously requested a bowl of M&Ms backstage with the brown ones removed. While you might be perplexed as to why anyone would care about removing a candy color from the mix – after all, let’s face it, the colors all taste the same – their reasoning was pretty sound. David Lee Roth claims that it was a test to determine how thoroughly these contracts were read by the people putting on the show. One show they played, where the on-stage weight requirements were clearly stipulated, almost caused them to lose their lives as the stage collapsed from beneath their feet. Since then, checking the bowl of M&Ms for brown shells has been a sort of insurance policy.
Now we don’t have too much dirt on Adele, but this one incident is a good indicator of letting her status get to her head. Spending time at a resort-hotel for celebrities probably had some effect on her. While they claimed to have some of the “best ovens” available, the singer-songwriter was insistent that the hotel staff pick-up food from her favourite pizzeria… 70 miles away. So the staff member made the trip and came back four hours later, after the pop star had already fallen asleep. Can you say cold pizza for breakfast?
6. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has had a hard time in the media. Battling her inner demons and attachment to booze can lead to some disastrous blunders. After breaking up with Russian fiancé, Egor Tarabasov, she was contacted by a Russian talk show host interested in interviewing her about the relationship. It reportedly took a few days for Lindsay Lohan to drop the vodka and go into the studio, but even crazier were her requests for the following. A one year Russian visa and a meeting with Vladimir Putin. Hmmm, very bizarre… we’re not too sure why Putin would want to meet a young, Hollywood bad girl? at least they’d probably both enjoy the vodka.
5. Katy Perry
Katy Perry’s requests are kind of weird and psychedelic. She asks for egg-coloured chairs, cream or soft-pink coloured drapes in the dressing room, and a fridge with a glass door. It’s about more than just décor with Perry, though, she also asks the chauffeur provided to her does not speak to her, her guests, her fans, nor look at her for too long from the rearview mirror, and especially not ask her for her autograph while driving… well, the last one makes sense, but not being spoken to? Really? To each their own…
One of Perry’s idols, Madonna has been famous since the ’80s for her catchy tunes and hyper-sex’d image. Maybe Katy got the flowers idea from Madonna because it’s known that her rider requests include white and light-pink lilies and roses… and perhaps the oddest request on this list, a new toilet seat for every venue. Well, who’s to judge her for that? Wouldn’t we all love a sterile toilet seat wherever we go? You can never be too careful.
The award for the most fun request on this list goes to the band Queen, who on one of their tours requested a mud bath outside their dressing room, and people to be the “mud wrestlers” for post-show entertainment. We can see how it can blow off some steam to watch a bunch of people slip and slide in the mud after you’ve played your anthems to tens of thousands of roaring fans in a stadium. You do what you gotta do.
2. Jennifer Lopez
Now don’t be fooled by the rider requests she’s got, she’s still Jenny from the block. Jennifer Lopez a.k.a. J-Lo is so high on our list because she’s known for being one of the most diva of the divas. She basically requests that everything be white; white couch, white flowers, white tablecloths, white drapes, white candles etc… What’s more, she’s asked for abundant hotel rooms to house her travelling troupe of stylists and hairdressers. On the more humble side of things, and probably telling of some child-hood nostalgia, J-Lo requests that a VCR and CD player must ABSOLUTELY be available.
1. Axl Rose
For the top of our list, one of the craziest of them all is rocker Axl Rose whose demands approach a new level of diva. Up until 2010, the man would require that his dressing room be all black and decorated with red and white roses, which is almost as weird as his request for a cubic melon. Hmmm, a cubic melon…? We totally get his request for seven types of cheese… but a cubic melon? Maybe this is some sort of insurance test like Van Halen? Now it’s your turn. You are a famous rock star, you have all the money in the world, and you’re surrounded by people saying “yes” all the time. So what do you ask for in your dressing room?