- Celebrities are used to living the high life and often have many absurd demands
- Recently, fans had a laugh when Beyoncé had toilet seats brought to her on tour
- Here, DailyMail.com has laid bare the wildest celebrity rider requests to date
Celebrities are used to living the high life so it’s no surprise they often have some absurd demands while on tour.
In their rider – a list of conditions celebrities give a venue in agreement to appear there – performers can ask for absolutely anything with past requests ranging from a rainbow on wheels to a painting of Princess Diana.
Most recently, fans had a laugh when a picture surfaced of Beyoncé having toilet seats brought to her on tour as part of her luggage.
A source told The Sun: ‘Beyoncé is such an elite performer she can literally request anything.
‘Her team makes great effort to ensure she has her own comforts and a personal toilet seat happens to be one.
‘Her tour roadies have seen everything so it’s not a great deal for them, but it does raise a smile from people who happen to catch a glimpse of the branded container.’
Beyoncé transports her toilet seats in a customized golf buggy which is covered in black sheets to protect her bizarre request when travelling around backstage.
But the 41-year-old singer isn’t the only celebrity who has made a strange request on her rider.
Some celebrities have been branded divas for their elaborate requests including Katy Perry’s extensive 45-page rider and Van Halen’s infamous demand for a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown-colored ones removed.
Here, DailyMail.com has laid bare the wildest celebrity rider requests to date.
Joe Jonas asked for a DOZEN puppies
Joe Jonas has had his fair share of experience with touring between his time performing with the Jonas Brothers and his own band DNCE.
So he has learned exactly how much he can get away with and has asked for puppies on his rider.
In an interview with Australian radio station Nova 96.9, he previously revealed: ‘I’ve had 12 puppies on the rider for a while.’
The star’s confession was met with surprise as the radio host asked: ‘Are you just pushing the limits?’
He revealed that while he doesn’t always get his wish, some cities will gladly oblige.
‘Every once in a while, a city will show up with 12 puppies,’ he added.
He seemingly got his wish when he visited Nashville and met influencer dog Doug the Pug on tour.
‘Chillin with the homie @itsdougthepug before the Nashville show,’ he captioned the snap.
He also listed some of his other backstage necessities, including ‘Tim Tams, Harry’s meat pies, Fosters and Outback Steakhouse.’
Selena Gomez allegedly barred ALL Justins from working with her
Selena Gomez had a strange request after her 2014 split with Justin Bieber.
Their separation took such a toll on her that she allegedly demanded that no one who worked with her could be named Justin, as per Marie Claire.
As for the crew members who were named Justin, they had to temporarily go by a different name.
Selena confessed that they had split back in November 2014 after she had written the song The Heart Wants What it Wants about him.
She then acknowledged their breakup during an interview with Ryan Seacrest when discussing the track.
‘He thought it was beautiful. I think it was really hard,’ she said of playing him the song.
When asked about where their relationship stood at that point, she told Ryan, ‘I support him. I think I always will. I’m upset when he’s upset. I’m happy when he’s happy.’
Years later, she reflected on the split, calling it ‘the worst possible heartbreak ever’ but ultimately, it ended up being ‘the best thing that ever happened to me.’
‘I felt haunted by a past relationship that no one wanted to let go of. But then I just moved past it. I wasn’t afraid anymore,’ she said in her documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me.
She went on to add: ‘I feel like I had to go through the worst possible heartbreak ever. I just think that needed to happen, and ultimately, it was the best thing that ever happened to me.’
Aside from her temporary bans on Justins, her only other unique rider requests are chicken pot pie and pickles.
Drake supposedly asks for four DOZEN incense sticks
Going on tour can be a stressful experience so it’s very important for Drake to find his zen while traveling from venue to venue.
His rider allegedly requests a whopping four dozen incense sticks – insisting that they must be ‘natural scented.’
Along with incense, the rapper indulges in other ways to unwind.
The rider includes E-Z Wider rolling papers and also contains a long list of alcohol, including Hennessy or Courvoisier, Patron Silver Tequila, Grey Goose Vodka, Jack Daniels, and Heineken.
Drake also prefers to be safe rather than sorry and asks for an extraordinary amount of speakers.
‘It seems silly,’ the rider notes, but promoters should ‘bring more subs and amps than you think you should.
‘Hip hop revolves around bass and volume.’
Katy Perry reportedly has a lengthy 45-page rider
Katy Perry allegedly has one of the lengthiest riders of all time at a whopping 45 pages – and the interior design of her dressing room takes center stage.
The performer’s dressing room – which must be either cream or soft pink – needs to be outfitted with two cream-colored egg chairs, a ‘Perspex modern style’ coffee table and ‘French ornate style’ lamps.
She also has very specific floral requests which includes ‘white and purple hydrangeas, pink and white roses and peonies.’
However, promoters are advised, ‘ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS.’ That warning is, of course, underlined.
She also insists that chauffeurs are not allowed to ‘start a conversation with the client.’
In 2015, Katy defended her unusually long list of demands.
‘People like to do this like, exposé, like, “Katy Perry’s tour life, she’s such a diva,” she told Express.
‘But, I’m sorry, if you lived on the road every single day and were out of different hotel rooms, don’t you want comfort?
‘Don’t you want some sliced turkey? I want some sliced turkey. And some baby wipes. They’re the poor man’s shower and good for everything.’
Kevin Hart allegedly asked for five women in their 20s with ‘athletic/sexy builds’
Before he was a family man, Kevin Hart seemingly wasn’t afraid to ask for what he wanted.
His rider allegedly would request five women between the ages of 21 and 27 ‘with an athletic/sexy build.’
While the rider doesn’t specifically reveal what the women’s roles and responsibilities are, it does say they must be ‘experienced in working events with large crowds.’
They also must be ‘go-getters’ as well as ‘very approachable/attractive.’
They’re expected to stay at the venue one hour before and after the event.
The rider also further clarified the desire build of the woman while stating T-shirts and tights would be provided to the women but only come in ‘x-small, small, and medium’ sizes.
There is a separate request for four people – with no look requirements – to work merchandise.
Jennifer Lopez is VERY insistent about her all-white dressing room
Jennifer Lopez may be Jenny from the Block but it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have expensive tastes.
Her rider allegedly insists on having an all-white dressing room.
Aside from a white couch and tables, she insists on white drapes, white candles and white roses.
She is very serious about this request. In fact, she once almost refused to perform because her backstage room wasn’t redecorated entirely white.
Speaking on her The 90s With Dannii Minogue podcast, Dannii recalled that Lopez demanded her room be completely redecorated before she would perform.
She said: ‘And while you hear those diva stories, there is one I can actually vouch for.’
‘I was at Top of the Pops and was told Jennifer Lopez was on her way, but she refused to perform unless her backstage room was redecorated.
‘I was told everything had to be white, including the sofa. I asked to go in and see the room as she wasn’t there in that moment… I was lapping up every detail.’
Adding: ‘All I could think was, “Girlfriend is covered head to toe in body makeup. How do you sit on a white couch?”‘
Will Ferrell made a BIZARRE rider request with large props on wheels
Will Ferrell is a repeat offender when it comes to making bizarre rider requests.
It started when he was offered a role in 2008 flop Semi-Pro.
He was a hot commodity at the time between SNL and film hits like Elf and so allegedly created a long list of bizarre demands that had to be met for its press tour.
On this list was an electric three-wheel mobility scooter and a Janet Jackson-style headset microphone.
Those weren’t even the oddest items on the list.
He also requested a wide variety of large prop objects on wheels which included a flight of stairs – standing about six feet high, a fake tree – towering approximately 15–20 feet and a rainbow of unspecified dimensions – all of which were on wheels.
In spite of securing top talent by meeting his strange demands, the effort may not have been worth it considering the film lost $10m at the box office.
Britney Spears asked for a portrait of Princess Diana in her dressing room
Britney may have put her touring days behind her but back in the day, she was an international pop star.
While performing in London, she fully embraced the British spirit and When performing at O2 in 2012, an insider gave a glimpse into her distinct rider.
Her most unique rider request was a painting of Princess Diana.
‘Britney adores the monarchy. Diana was in many ways her inspiration,’ a source told Mirror.
Britney also fully embraced British cuisine, including cod, deep-fried scampi, chips and mushy peas.
The source added: ‘Britney doesn’t count the calories when she’s in Britain.’
She also paid homage to her American roots, requesting McDonald’s cheeseburgers, without the buns, 100 figs and prunes.