M&Ms, specifically the brown ones, caused quite a stir back in 1982 when it was revealed that Van Halen wanted them banished from their dressing>"/>
M&Ms, specifically the brown ones, caused quite a stir back in 1982 when it was revealed that Van Halen wanted them banished from their dressing room candy bowl, as evidenced in their hand-written, 53-page rider. Have musicians of today toned-down their diva demands when it comes to food -- or are they getting worse? We selected what we think are some of the more recent bizarre food requests by musicians. Here are our Top 9 picks:
According to the rider of his 2010 solo tour, The Killers frontman will only allow certain fruit preserves backstage, depending on the day of the week. Sundays and Tuesdays are reserved for strawberry, Mondays and Thursdays for apricot, and red raspberry jam on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The Eminem of today doesn't want any alcohol or even non-diet sodas backstage. Instead, as his 2010 rider notes, he requires the presence of Gundelsheim pickles and six lunchables.
Crow's 2010 backstage rider lists a wide variety of drinks and snacks that the singer needs, including organic coconut water and two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon (Stag's Leap Artemis is her fave). But perhaps her most important demand is two "good quality, dark, organic chocolate bars." Crow also requires four 5-gallon water coolers sourced from a local spring water vendor.
Mustard is the food focus of the band's 2010 tour rider. The duo requires "1 Bottle of Brown Mustard (must be VERY tasty and delicious)" in their main dressing room and mustard that is "equally as tasty as the one in Band room" for the family room. Also on the list: a "large bar of dark chocolate (with highest % of Chocolate possible)," and a large deli platter with "turkey based meats" and a cheese platter with "assorted cheddars."
In 2009, before he realized he'd soon be sustaining on prison food, the rapper demanded "steak filet mignon butterflied well." Nine of them. Oh, and they each had to be at least nine ounces.
She really is a lady! We fully expected a handful of diva demands in the performer's 2010 tour rider, but the only unusual eats we found were Yves veggie dogs "eaten with toothpicks," Quaker weight control oatmeal, four cans of Coke Zero, and 5-Factor snack bars. Why all the calorie restriction, Lady?
What's most bizarre about his 2010 concert rider is what it does not include: no bread, pasta, red meat, sugar, dairy, nuts, plastic cutlery, chocolate, or even any alcohol. The singer, who was clearly on a strict diet at the time, did require fish grilled in olive oil, salads with dressing on the side, and free range chicken and eggs.
The performer's 2008 tour rider specifies that a tray of organic cheese be waiting in her dressing room. The spread must include "cave-aged Gruyere." Additionally, the singer requires a selection of "quality chewy sweets and chocolates" that must include eight Ferrero Rocher "gold balls."
The band's 2008 rider has already gained a place is the Rider Hall of Fame for its pure absurdness and hilarity. The band requires a selection of unopened cereals that are not recycled "from last night's Dio show" and vegetarian soups, since "meaty soups make roadies fart."