See What Beyonce, Rihanna And A Bunch Of Other Celebrities Eat Backstage
From Rihanna to Frank Sinatra, everything is on the plate.
If you could ask for anything in the world, what would it be?
While you ponder, take a look at this photographic series of requests that famous bands and musicians make when playing a show.
Beyonce: Juicy baked chicken, heavily seasoned with garlic, sea salt, black pepper, Cayenne pepper. Beyonce can have only Pepsi products.
The backstage rider, presented to promoters by every touring act, includes specifications on stage design, sound systems, lighting, as well as an artist's wish list—from travel and billing to dressing room accommodations and meals.
Hargreaves based his project on the information provided by The Smoking Gun, which holds an ever-expanding list of more than 300 famous riders.
Rihanna: Hard boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage at any time throughout the day.
Marilyn Manson: Gummi bears.
Hargreaves and Levin say they were inspired to do the series after reviewing a few riders from some of the biggest acts in the world. What seemed to be ridiculous at first, later unraveled an interesting idea for the project.
"What attracted us to do this series was the way their requests manage to say something about the performers personality that words struggle to and how we can identify with them through food and drink," Henry writes.
Al Green: 24 long stem (dethroned) red roses.
Billy Idol: 1 tub "I can’t believe it's not butter," Pepperidge Farm soft baked Nantucket chocolate chip cookies.
Their initial idea was to try and shoot the whole list of items, but Hargreaves and Levin quickly came into realization it would eventually turn into big spendings and waste.
"We decided to edit down and focus on the quirky and unique requests and how some of these things may be juxtaposed," Hargreaves writes.
The team chose to present them in a Flemish still-life manner, imposing a direct connecion between the flow of time and mortality, and the "musician's time in the fading limelight."
Mariah Carey: Cristal Champagne, bendy straws.
Nine Inch Nails: Two boxes of corn starch.
Busta Rhymes: 24 piece Fried Chicken, Rough Rider condoms, Guinness.
Pictured below is the iconic backstage rider by Van Halen that included "no brown M&M's." Although often assumed as obnoxious, this demand was the band's way of making sure how thoroughly their contract was read.
If the venue couldn't get the M&M's right, the band couldn't be sure if the more important technical requirements were met.
Van Halen: Herring in sour cream, large tube of KY jelly, M&M’s (warning absolutely no brown ones).
Hargreaves admits his personal favorite is Sinatra's rider (pictured below).
"No BS, just straight to the point: booze and more booze!" Hargreaves told Slate.