Ridiculous band riders are my fave. And now, we can see them as well as read the weird things rock stars demand. Photographer Henry Hargreaves, with the help of stylist Caitlin Levin, shot Flemish still-life-style photographs of the requests. All caption wording comes directly from contracts and is unedited.
Al Green: Twenty-four long-stem (dethorned) red roses.
Axl Rose: Fresh Wonder Bread (white), Dom Perignon
Beyoncé: Juicy baked chicken,HEAVILY SEASONED: garlic, sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Beyoncé can only have Pepsi products.
Billy Idol: One tub I can’t believe it’s not Butter!, Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked Nantucket Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Britney Spears: Fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburgers without the buns, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.
Busta Rhymes: Twenty-four pieces of fried chicken, Rough Rider condoms, Guinness.
Foo Fighters: Big-ass kielbasas that make men feel self-conscious.
Frank Sinatra: One bottle each: Absolute, Jack Daniel’s, Chivas Regal, Courvoisier, Beefeater Gin, white wine, red wine. Twenty-four chilled jumbo shrimp, Life Savers, cough drops.
Lady Gaga: Small plate of cheese (nonsmelly, nonsweaty), on ice.
Mariah Carey: Cristal Champagne, bendy straws.
Marilyn Manson: Gummi bears.
New Kids on the Block: Häagen-Dazs ice cream, Oreo cookies.
Nine Inch Nails: Two boxes of corn starch.
Prince: Coffee and tea setup, including honey, lemon, sugar, cream, fresh ginger root. Physician will be used to administer a B-12 injection.
Rihanna: Hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, at any time throughout the day. Please be prepared!
Van Halen: Herring in sour cream, large tube of KY jelly, M&M’s (Warning: absolutely no brown ones).
Apparently, NIN needs the corn starch to get those leather pants on/off. And the Van Halen/M&M’s thing isn’t as ridiculous as it seems; they would request no brown candies as kind of a “canary in a coal mine” situation. They had serious concerns about the staging and power supply for their shows. David Lee Roth was concerned that the venue wouldn’t pay attention the the very specific instructions they had for setting up their equipment, so he figured if they paid attention the the M&M’s, they probably read everything.