Ahhh to live the life of a rockstar. But are you really a rockstar unless you’re rolling up to a dressing room laden with incredibly specific catering? Have they got you skim milk instead of full cream milk? Time to throw a tantrum and the hotel TV out the window...
Here are some highlights of the strangest tour requests from the music world.
Probably the most famous example of ridiculous rockstar demands is Van Halen’s 53-page document for their 1982 tour that included demands for pickled herring, a tube of KY Jelly and most famously, for M&Ms – with all the brown ones taken out. As David Lee Roth explained in his autobiography, the M&Ms were actually a test as there were important details about safety and security in the document and the band figured that if brown M&Ms showed up, they were in trouble.
Does the God of Fuck demand alcohol? You’ll bet he’s after absinthe. And yoghurt, Haribo gummy bears, low-fat milk, Doritos and a packet of raw mince.
In 1998, Blink 182 requested they be provided with one “X-rated lesbian magazine”. By the time the 2000s rolled around, this request had been removed, and they only insisted on a box of Cap’n Crunch breakfast cereal.
GUNS N’ ROSES
Of course you’d expect cigarettes and booze to be on the list of needs for a real rockstar, but Guns N’ Roses would request a staggering four cartons of ciggies per show. That’s cartons, not packs. That’s 200 to 400 darts a show. They also insisted on an “assortment of adult magazines”.
Iggy Pop and the Stooges' rider has been hailed as the most entertaining of all time with comments such as, “He’ll be all over the place like a mad woman’s shit” and so that his dressing room would "look less like a typical rock & roll dressing room," the rider suggests that promoters "just let someone loose with a little bit of artistic flair...Er, do you know any homosexuals?". When it came to security requests he requested, “Security men, preferably built like brick shit-houses”.
A rider for the Crue insists that Nikki Sixx once requested and was presented with a boa constrictor. If that wasn’t dangerous enough, the band also requested a machete, a machine gun and… scented candles.
On 2011’s Fun Fest tour, Slayer requested a hundred “snow-white goats for slaughter”, a Halal butcher to do the slaughters and bags to store the flesh. They also insisted on a pentagram made of sandwiches, blood-proof umbrellas, black yoga balls and a human skull full of lollies.
72 full-sized towels and clean bathrooms with dimmable lights.
The DJ/Producer is well known for his nutso live shows and his tour requests are no exceptions. A few of the weirder things Steve Aoki has requested are: inflatable boat, four confetti blast machines, 48 bottles of water and a whole lot of Cristal and champagne (cork only).