As we all know, musicians at best can be a pretty weird and wonderful bunch, combine that with unparalleled fame and wealth and you’ve got a recipe for some eccentric and all out weird goings on! One things that has become almost a rivalry within rock bands and artists alike is the hugely essential riders which is basically a big list of random things they want or think they can get away with waking for.
Check out some of the weirdest and wildest gig riders from plenty of big names you’ll recognise. Enjoy.
Guns n Roses‘ Axl Rose – Asked for there to be a Square melon to hand. Maybe he just wanted to actually see one!
Van Halen – famously asked that M&M’s with all the brown ones removed, this was to test to see if the venue had actually read to the bottom of their long list. They also asked that all back-stage celery is trimmed and not peeled.
Motley Crue – to name just a few; a submachine gun, a detailed schedule of local AA meetings and even a 12-foot boa constrictor!
Rolling Stones – these guys were just happy with some shepherd’s pie, a bottle of HP and a snooker table. Not really that rock n roll huh.
Paul McCartney from The Beatles – has asked for there to be 19 leafy 6ft plants and four leafy 4ft plants. Pretty cool I guess creating your very own rainforest.
Foo Fighters – Being adventurous with six Cup O Noodles (vegetable, original beef flavour) pretty normal really, oh yeah and this is ONLY on Wednesdays! Of course!
AC/DC – these guys go all out with three oxygen tanks with three masks and five large ashtrays. Riiiight!
Madonna – she actually once demanded – and got – her hotel room painted in a different colour.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – they went a little softer with a separate meditation room and a selection of aromatherapy candles, as well as having fresh underwear and socks available.
Fancy checking out even more riders from some of your favourite bands? Take a look at the huge collection on TheSmokingGun.com. So what would you ask for? Something useful or just something extravagant to get your own way!? Leave a comment below.