The tour rider was made famous by Van Halen, whose notorious list of demands included a large bowl of M&M’s with all of the brown ones picked out (supposedly only to test whether people were really reading it). Beyoncé’s latest rider joined the pantheon of strange celeb demands when she decided to include $900 titanium straws for her drinking water, and red toilet paper (does that even exist?). She’s not the only one with odd requests though.
Imagine the worst nightmare you’ve ever had. Now imagine walking into a large room inhabited only by Cher’s hair. Worse, right? That nightmare became reality when it was revealed that in each venue she performs in, Cher requires an entirely separate room used for the exclusive purpose of storing her wigs. God save the poor sap that has to assemble that chamber of terror. The only way that gets creepier is if she also requires a walk-in refrigerator to house all of her old faces.
4 Madonna/Mary J. Blige
Look, at some point you reach a certain level of celebrity wherein you realize your spectacular hindquarters can no longer mingle with the butts of the unwashed masses. That’s understandable, right? Apparently both Madonna and Mary J. Blige think so, since their riders notoriously contain a clause that with each new city they stop in, their private bathroom should be outfitted with a brand new, never-before used toilet seat. Because even though they may crap just like the rest of you, they crap out gold records (ouch).
3 Jennifer Lopez
Lots of people have a favorite color, and Jenny from the block is no different. Well, she’s a little different. According to her rider, she prefers that everything in her pre-show dressing room be white. Everything: Flowers, tablecloths, drapery, lounges, chairs, candles, even food (fish and fruit). Evidently, white gives Lopez the feeling of tranquility. While if they average person walks into an entirely white room, it’s either the moment they realize they’re being committed to a mental institution, or they’ve just discovered the central control room of the Matrix.
2 Katy Perry
If nothing else, Katy Perry’s rider proves that she’s well aware how much better she is than gross, normal people. Atop Katy’s list of requirements is that her drivers be made aware that they are not to speak to her, nor should they spend the ride staring at her in the rearview mirror. Apparently one talkative creep who refuses to look at the road can ruin it for everyone. Also, she for some reason requires a mini-fridge with a glass door. Probably so she can be sure it’s stocked with drinks, and that there isn’t some chatty driver hiding inside.
1 Mariah Carey
Mariah hit the list of lunatic riders when it was revealed that prior to each show, she required the company of 20 white kittens and 100 doves. Because who wouldn’t that their tranquil, pre-show environment to smell like a pet shop? It isn’t clear what purpose the kittens and doves served, perhaps she was dressing them in tiny wrestling singlets and pitting them against one another, but one thing they proved, was that Mariah was high atop the list of bonkers.