Thursday, March 10, 2011

Backstage Riders Of The Day

You've heard about ridiculous requests that some performers make when they tour (no brown M&M's, etc.). Here are actual contract riders for backstage demands. Click names to see what they gotta have on tour. From The Smoking Gun.

JLo - I think she likes white.

Elton John - and the loo should be precisely 68.5 degrees

The Beebs - Swedish Fish, please.

Janet Jackson - no fish ice!

Barely Manenough - "Barely's fan club shows up at 11 a.m. to decorate his dressing room."

Styx - two pizzas? Not a problem.

The Beatles - "four cots, mirrors, an ice cooler, portable TV set and clean towels."

Busta Rhymes - Moet, KFC and Rough Riders

Mandy Moore - refreshingly undemanding, unlike SOME celebs :::coughJLOcough:::

U2 - found what they're looking for: booze.

Diana Krall - hard to top JLo, but she did

Van Halen - nobody likes crappy tequila

Prince - expects gifts and flowers from fans. GET OFF THE STAGE!

Sheryl Crow - at least she won't need much TP

Willie Nelson - smoke-free. Right.


  1. It amazes me the arrogance and skewed sense of entitlement some of these folks have. I guess they are just used to having people wait on them hand and foot and kowtow to them.

    "Barely Manenough" ha ha ha ha!

    Cary, some of the links when I clicked on them went to the Smoking Gun, but not to the individual artist page for me for some reason.

  2. Actually, the story behind the "no brown M&Ms" is very intersting. It was explained by a guest of the Colbert Report who wrote a book about lists (it saves lives).
    He explained that the band had this whole list of things for the crew to do, including checking security of the stage and asking for M&Ms and no brown ones. If there weren't any M&Ms or there were brown ones, the band assumed the crew hadn't done everything on the list thoroughly and the items that made sure everything was safe had maybe been overlooked. They acually cancelled a concert once because of that.

  3. Oooh.. I like that. Very smart, Van Halen (pretty sure they were the "no brown M&Ms" guys.

  4. Busta - Why the long face?



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