Wednesday, June 22, 2011

News Of The Day: Don't Stare At Katy Perry

This isn't the worst list of demands you'll ever see (hello, J-Lo and Janet Jackson), but the diva-fication of Katy is nearly complete. From The Smoking Gun.

Don’t Stare At Katy Perry

MAY 19--As she prepares to embark next month on the U.S. leg of her 2011 world tour, Katy Perry will be carrying a 45-page concert rider that outlaws carnations, details very specific furniture requirements, and outlines a 23-point “principle driver policy” for chauffeurs in towns the 26-year-old singer visits.

According to Perry’s rider,
excerpted here, the performer’s dressing room (which has to be draped in cream or soft pink) needs to be outfitted with two cream-colored egg chairs, one of which should have a footstool. It is unclear whether Perry requires original Arne Jacobsens or cheap knockoffs.

A coffee table needs to be “perspex modern style.” A pair of floor lamps should be in “French ornate style.” And the singer’s refrigerator must come with a glass door.

As for the dressing room’s flower arrangement, Perry wants “White and purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses and peonies.” If those flowers are not available, Perry will settle for a “selection of seasonal white flowers to include white orchids.” However, promoters are advised, “ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS.” That warning is, of course, underlined.

In a commendable effort to curb the environmental impact of plastic bottles, Perry’s rider notes that water dispensers must be provided in all dressing rooms and production offices, and that tour personnel will be supplied with “SIGG drinking bottles.”

When it comes to
hotel provisions, Perry requires a “1 bedroom presidential suite” in a “5 star property.” And free Internet service and a complimentary breakfast must be provided to the performer and her touring party.

Chauffeurs, the rider notes (see below), are
not allowed to “start a conversation w/the client”,
and are similarly barred from conversing with Perry’s guests or fans. They also are directed not to stare at the backseat through the rear view mirror. Drivers should also not “ask for autographs or pictures, and especially not while driving!”

Finally, Perry’s ride should be outfitted with four water bottles (presumably in the event she forgets her Sigg).

The rider also alerts promoters that they may be required to
hold back tickets for concerts so that Perry & Co. can provide the ducats to “resellers” for “distribution to the public” on the “secondary market.”

In other words, Perry reserves the right to pocket some of the proceeds from the sale of tickets--not made available at face price to her fans--scalped at inflated prices by these brokers.


  1. I didn't read the whole thing. Is there some mention on there that she is NOT to be referred to as High-maintenance?

  2. Another insufferable self-absorbed entertainment twat I've never heard of...seriously, where do these idiots get off thinking this high-maintenence bullshit is acceptable? Someone smack her and spit in her SIGG bottle (whatever the hell that is).

  3. She scalps her own tickets? What a c*nt.
    "Fill my water bottle and help me into my skin tight red leather mini skirt. And DON'T YOU LOOK AT ME!"

  4. 45 pages of demands--holy cow, I can't even imagine that. Reading this kind of makes me want to send her a big bouquet of flowers--all carnations, of course.

  5. When I worked at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (many years ago) one of my job duties was to fulfill the requirements of performers' contract riders. Some were very basic like Richard Harris (he appeared in "Camelot") who requested only bottled water and that it be available everywhere he might be. (This was a bigger deal in 1984 than it is now.)

    Others, like Yul Brenner, were much more complex. Dressing rooms painted a certain color with carpet to match, a kitchenette installed (complete with private chef), and even a golf cart (not a one seater, but a two seater with a driver) to take him from backstage to his dressing room, etc.

    Katy's just one step away from having somone flush her poo.

  6. What a bitch. I could take her, Cary. Want me to? Just tell me where she is, and I'll rid the world of this horrible example of the female species.

  7. Now *that* I would enjoy watching. Especially if you were both topless. Or not. Nighties are fine, too.

  8. She'll be touring the night club circuit in a few years. She'll be lucky if she gets a dressing room with its own toilet.
    And if someone is stupid enough to be scalped just to get into their show, they deserve it.

  9. "One night only at the Greenville Elks Club... Katy Perry! With very special guests, Animotion!"

  10. I listened to a This American Life called "Fine Print" and it talks about concert riders. Apparently, the wacky shit was used to tip off the touring folks that some of the really important stuff may have been ignored too. Brown M&M's? How are the electrics? I think the carnations are her brown M&M's; but I give people the benefit of the doubt.
    I'm a bit of a crunchy granola person who believes chemicals are killing and mutating us all, so the organic foods and the bottled water, I'm totally down with - the chairs, not so much. But I will grant her that the guy driving her around should probably have his eyes on the road and not in the mirror at her; and staring is creepy. But I worked for a radio station that put up with Imus every two years. No more than 15 feet from a bathroom at any given time... I offered to put a mic in the john, but the boss nixed it. Where was I going with this? Oh, right. Katy Perry, what a brat.

  11. She needs to add breath mints or gum to that list! You know her breath would be kickin' after all those snacks..

  12. Lefty said...

    I didn't read the whole thing. Is there some mention on there that she is NOT to be referred to as High-maintenance?

    I assumed that was implied by the length of her contract. Anything more involved than a few items seems like it screams self-involved c*nt.

  13. I've read that urine makes a pretty good sanitizer....and talk about organic!

  14. OMG what have we created? Where is the turd attendant? Probably had the night off. Oh no, wait........he's driving the car.



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