The Music Industry's Wildest Riders: From Kanye West's 100 Percent Cotton Rule to The Stooges' 7 Dwarfs
11:08 AM PDT 7/31/2012 by Arati Patel, Sophie Schillaci
Divas are known to demand some pretty crazy things in their dressing rooms, from food (Beyonce’s ‘heavily seasoned’ chicken) to flowers (absolutely no carnations for Katy Perry) to everything in between (Marilyn Manson’s bald-headed toothless hookers). THR examines some of the most surprising and hilarious requests from music’s biggest stars.
50 Cent’s rider seems more like a grocery list. Alongside one box of fresh Cuban Cigars, the rapper also asks for a dozen assorted cookies, two buckets of KFC chicken, six corn on the cob, a case of beer, two gallons of milk, four gallons of juice and two loaves of bread (one white, one wheat).
The “Bootylicious” singer has a specific request for “Juicy baked chicken,” along with instructions to “season with fresh garlic, season salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. HEAVILY SEASONED!!”
The pop diva has a never ending list of snacks on her rider: Doritos, KFC, Pop Tarts, Captain Crunch and a vegetable tray.
The reigning diva, Cher, is notorious for requesting a separate room backstage for her wigs.
Among the list of hygiene products like hand sanitizer, Nivea Intensive Lotion and Neutrogena face scrub, Kanye West also demands that he only ride with drivers who are wearing 100 percent cotton. "No man-made fibers,” he says.
Katy Perry always makes sure that she has a refrigerator with a glass door and "ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS."
LL Cool J
The R&B legend seems to be a romantic. LL Cool J’s rider specifically requests baby oil and 24 roses to set the mood.
Who knew Marilyn Manson loved gummy bears? Haribo brand gummy bears, specifically -- they must be Haribo. Oh, and he also requests a bald-headed, toothless hooker.
Mary J Blige
The R&B queen makes sure that each venue installs a brand new toilet seat in her dressing room before she arrives. She also requests there be a “do not disturb” sign with precisely 26 exclamation points.
Prince’s rider requests that “all items in dressing room must be covered by clear plastic wrap until uncovered by main artist. This is absolutely necessary.”
Rihanna is very particular about the way she lounges. Her rider calls for a couch that is long enough for her to stretch out and nap on. Alongside the couch must be 6 to 8 animal print throw pillows with absolutely no sequins. She also requests a large throw rug that must be clean, because she’ll walk on it barefoot.
The band is noted for their long list of hilariously random requests including a Bob Hope impersonator (to perform jokes), a copy of USA Today that features a story about morbidly obese people and seven dwarfs dressed up as the characters in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Regarding the latter request, the rider does state that taller people are acceptable, stipulating that, “it’s attitude, more than height, that’s important here.”
Since leather pants are so hard to get out of, the Nine Inch Nails rocker requests two boxes of corn starch on his rider to ease the process.