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10 Ridiculous Demands Made by Touring Artists

From Slayer’s request for “snow-white goats” for slaughter to JLo’s obsession with the color white

Rolling Stone India May 03, 2017
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Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has confirmed he will be performing in Navi Mumbai on May 10th, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of Def Jam Records

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. Photo: Courtesy of Def Jam Records

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is making headlines in India for his ‘humble requests’ to the organizers ahead of his debut concert in the country. These include everything from luxury cars to ping pong tables to a PlayStation for him and his 120 member crew. But Beiber isn’t the only superstar with an astounding sense of entitlement. Here are some of the craziest demands celebrities have made in the past: 

1. Eminem: 


At his performance at the Tennent’s Vital festival in Northern Ireland in 2011, the rapper asked for a pond full of koi fish to be present by the stage. 

 2. Britney Spears: 

Courtesy Sony Music

Britney Spears. Photo: Courtesy of Sony Music

The pop singer has claimed that she will fine any venue $ 5,000 if a phone rings in her dressing room. 

 3. Cher: 

Cher. Photo: Rtracker/Wikimedia Commons/ CC-BY-SA-3.0

Cher. Photo: Rtracker/Wikimedia Commons/ CC-BY-SA-3.0

The Goddess of pop’s tech rider states the requirement of an entire room dedicated just for her wigs.

 4. Jennifer Lopez: 

Jennifer Lopez. Photo: YouTube

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez does not like to be distracted by too many colors. JLo insists that her dressing has white walls along with white flowers, white tables, white drapes, white candles as well as white couches.

5. Lady Gaga:
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Lady Gaga

Pop singer Lady Gaga’s tech rider for her Monster Ball Tour included a mannequin with puffy pink body hair and an entire smoothie station in her dressing room.

6. Slayer: 
Slayer. Photo: Tim Tronckoe/Courtesy of Nuclear Blast

Slayer. Photo: Tim Tronckoe/Courtesy of Nuclear Blast

American heavy metallers Slayer included requests such as 100 snow-white goats for slaughter, a halal butcher to slaughter the goats, freezer bags and coolers to preserve the goat meat and four black yoga ball chairs on their Fun Fun Fun Fest Tour.

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 7. Madonna:

Madonna delivered a powerful, honest speech at the Billboard Women in Music event she talked about sexism, feminism and her own perseverance. Photo: Chris Weger/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Madonna. Photo: Chris Weger/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

The Queen of Pop once asked for all the furniture in her dressing room to be removed and replaced with her own pieces that she had shipped in. Her requests have also included a personal chef, an acupuncturist and an on-site dry-cleaner too.

 8. Foo Fighters:

Foo Fighters. Photo: Chuff Media

Foo Fighters. Photo: Chuff Media

American rockers Foo Fighters had one of the most brilliant requests of all time. They provided the organizers with instructions that would help them solve a maze, a riddle, coloring book pages and a crossword puzzle. Only if these were solved, would the organizers know what the band wanted in their tech rider.

 9.  Katy Perry

Neil Lupin/Redferns

Katy Perry. Photo: Neil Lupin/Redferns

The “Roar” singer makes it very clear to organizers not to bring her carnation flowers. In addition to a very specific flower rule, the singer’s food list is quite precise as well. She also has a 46-page rider that restricts her driver from making eye contact and speaking to her even if he has any doubts.

10. Mariah Carey:

Mariah Carey. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-3.0

Mariah Carey has asked for a separate private jet just to fly her dog with her to different countries. 


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