Some celebs have some pretty crazy requests on their contract riders. Everyone needs to eat, but sometimes people think these stars take it a bit too far.
What’s a rider? It’s part of their contract that spells out what the celeb needs, usually in their dressing room. They’re important for busy celebs who may not have time to get themselves food (and if they’re helping your venue make mad cash, should they really have to buy their own meal?).
1. Britney Spears
Britney Spears kicks us off with her request of McDonald’s cheeseburgers sans buns, 100 figs and prunes and toothpaste.
2. Iggy Pop
His stream-of-consciousness rider includes requests for things like sandwiches, “but hopefully not one of those sandwiches from Subway with beef and alfalfa sprouts sticking out, like a Florida retiree’s bikini bottoms. Yuk.” Read Iggy Pop’s whole rider on The Smoking Gun.
3. Chris Cooley
When he renegotiated his contract with the Washington Redskins in 2012, tight end Chris Cooley tried (and failed) to get a case of beer written in.
4. Foo Fighters
In addition to some crazy videos, the Foo Fighters are known for their epically hilarious rider requests, which in the past have included fun stuff like a Foo Fighters activity book featuring cartoony depictions of their needs. To see the full Foo Fighters rider, check out The Smoking Gun.
Image: Gus Brandt / If you complete this puzzle, you’ll see they want to make sure the venue doesn’t forget the bacon!
Queen Bey, indeed! Beyoncé has some pretty pricy demands on her rider. She wants her dressing room stocked with titanium straws from which she can drink special alkaline water (exactly 21 degrees F) and a hand-carved ice ball to cool her throat after every performance. For snacks, she skips the junk and opts for oatcakes, green-only crudités and almonds served on glass platters.
6. Van Halen
Everyone knows about Van Halen’s M&M’S-with-no-brown-ones request. Turns out that was just their manager being sneaky to find out if the venue had actually read the contract (and their technical requirements). But what was really crazy was the obscene amount of alcohol they requested: a case of beer, Jack Daniel’s, Absolut, Grand Marnier, Bacardi, Cointreau, three bottles of wine, a bottle of tequila, limes, salt, shot glasses, bloody mary ingredients and a blender.
7. Nicki Minaj
Spicy fried chicken wings and a cheese platter aren’t such strange requests from someone who has a diva rep like Nicki Minaj’s, but why does she need three flavors of chewing gum?
8. Mariah Carey
Ms. Carey, can you please explain to us why one would drink Cristal through bendy straws?
9. Jordin Sparks
It’s not surprising former American Idol Jordin Sparks has healthy foods on her rider after that ah-maze-ing weight loss, but an entire jar of kosher pickles? They’re not entirely unhealthy, I guess, but an entire jar?
Turns out either Mr. Loaf or his traveling companion is a bit of a health nut. He requires an entire loaf of multigrain bread, two bags of potato chips, low-fat chicken or turkey hot dogs, four crispy Gala apples, four low-fat fresh-baked muffins, steamed broccoli, green beans amandine, sliced pork roast tenderloin, sliced beef tenderloin and two baked potatoes.
11. Jay Z
Don’t think Mrs. Carter is the only one with demands. Hubby Jay Z’s rider includes two bottles of $300 Champagne and two bottles of $200 2004 Sassicaia wine.
12. Clay Aiken
Those familiar with Aiken won’t be surprised by some of this Southern boy’s rider requirements. He requests a basket of green apples (preferably Granny Smith), applesauce, a case of room temperature bottled water (that isn’t Evian) and a loaf of white bread. Insert your own joke here, but Urban Dictionary recommends something involving Bath & Body Works products, golden retrievers, cheap chardonnay or Kenny G.