10 Hilarious Rider Requests

We round up some of the funniest backstage rider requests from major rock and pop artists.

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We round up some of the funniest backstage rider requests from major rock and pop artists. "Spoiled? Moi?"

Metallica

Maybe it's Lars Ulrich's Danish heratige, but there is a very clear and specific request on the Metallica rider. Can you guess what it is?* "BACON VERY IMPORTANT THAT BACON BE AVAILABLE AT EVERY MEAL AND DURING DAY" *Clue: it's bacon.

Motley Crue

Who dares to call rock stars outlandish when they make such simple requests, as exemplified by Motley Crue? Included on their perfectly reasonable list are:
  • A schedule for local Alcoholics' Anonymous meeting
  • A sub-machine gun
  • A 12-foot-long boa constrictor
  • Most importantly, a jar of Grey Poupon mustard. Because between all the drinking and shooting, they're really quite posh.

    Marilyn Manson

    You might be surprised to hear that the man whose looks like a drawing on a tamborine actially loves sweets. But not just any sweets - he prefers Haribo. Don't buy another brand of gummis, because Manson will officialy lose his s--t. Oh, and don't forget the bald-headed, toothless hooker What do you mean your intern can't source hookers? This is the music business!

    Iggy Pop and the Stooges

    Where do we start? The Stooges famously have one of the funniest riders in history, with 18 pages of rambling and internal monologues which might as well win a Pulitzer. Among the wealth of confused equipments demands ("4 or possibly 5 guitar stands. Ooh, I've got to make a decision. Oh alright then, five. Or maybe six or a guitar rack. Yes.") are a request for seven dwarfs to be dress as if they were due to meet Snow White. But ever the gentlemen, the rider states that taller people are acceptable It's attitude, more than height, that's important here.

    Guns N' Roses

    Learn from Axl Rose's ego, because it might earn you an induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame too one day. First, he wants hot water and honey. Quite reasonable for a singer, but not when he insists on the "Sue Bee brand only". Tut tut - everyone know pure English honey is the world's finest. And that ain't trollin'. Among his food requests are a rib-eye steak dinner, a large pepperoni pizza, a deli tray with a heavy emphasis on lean roast beef, ham, and turkey and a bottle of Dom Perignon. Hey Axl, treat yourself! This stuff must be easy to source in a venue. His bandmates were less demanding, with simple requests for lots of chips, nuts, exotic fruits, and cheese. But then, for the afterparty, they'll be needing four cases of beer, two fifths of Jack Daniel's, two fifths of Stolichnaya vodka, two bottles of Chardonnay, and a bottle of Jagermeister. And two bottles of carrot juice. And porn. Then cigarettes. Possibly in that order.

    Poison

    There's no unreasonable food requests from this lot, but their contract requires that all the venue's smoke and fire detectors be switched off due to the band's flair for flares. Might the hoarde of explosions explain their request for an American Sign Language interpreter for the band's deaf fans. Either the explosions are causing the audience some serious hearing problems, or the fans were deaf before the got into Poison anyway. Ahem.

    Paul McCartney

    Mr McCartney loves the planet as much as he loves taking acid. That's why the former Beatle won't ride in a limo with leather seats or stand for leather or animal print furniture in his dressing room. He insists on vegan food too, which is fair enough - but as spotted by the Smoking Gun website, the singer requests 24 bars of Ivory soap which contain trace amounts of animal fats.

    Adele

    The Brit soul singer insists on two packs of " the best quality European lager beer." Don't accidently slip a Budweiser into that rider - Adele makes it clear that "North American beer is NOT acceptable."

    Boy George

    We all know the Culture Club singer had problems with drugs, but you'd think he's try and keep it under wraps. But no; Boy George asks for nothing less than a "CRACK OIL MACHINE". Let's be honest, we didn't even know they existed. That's because he has the equivalent of a Phd in drugs, and we don't. That's some pro s--t right there.

    Gnarles Barkley

    It's not clear which of the two members of Gnarls Barkley asked for which, but we'd guess that one spends the night with company and the other spends the night alone: "Dressing Room #1: One pack of magnum condoms Dressing Room #2: One pack of men's white athletic socks (at least two pair)" Did we miss any hilarious rider requests? Do you have funny stories from playing gigs and having fun backstage? Share your stories in the comments.
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      iommi600
      lol, Guns N' Roses can have all the girls they want, but still they watch porn. that's what I call self love.
      drmrfzl
      "You might be surprised to hear that the man whose looks like a drawing on a tamborine actially loves sweets..." I'm sorry, what?
      MetalMullet
      Eirien wrote: Adele The Brit soul singer insists on two packs of " the best quality European lager beer." Don't accidently slip a Budweiser into that rider - Adele makes it clear that "North American beer is NOT acceptable." Everyone knows Heineken is the best beer in the world. That's not an unusual request.
      Heineken? Tss, it's like having sex in a canoe. F*cking close to water.
      UGtom
      KnotParkDay wrote: Van Halen?
      Van Halen's rider is so spectacular that it will get its own post when they start to tour.
      PelfPanders
      Uhum, @#1 You do know that most Dutch people list Heineken in their 3 least favorite brands of beer.
      LeakyFlask
      Just recently read Slayer's rider which includes hand sanitizers, hand satanizers and a DVD box set of Hogan's Heroes.
      james4
      The foo fighter's rider is in the form of an activity book! I'm surprised that one got missed
      the_modfather
      I can understand the bacon, that's perfectly reasonable. That much bacon should be in every home
      lefty311
      I aboslutely agree with Manson. Haribo gummie bears are the tits. No other gummie compares.
      jurnag12
      Eirien wrote: PelfPanders wrote: Uhum, @#1 You do know that most Dutch people list Heineken in their 3 least favorite brands of beer. Most Dutch people are weird. I'll probably stop drinking beer all together when I move over there though.
      If you think Heineken is the best, you should try some Jupiler or Grolsch when you get over here. That stuff is fantastic.
      Lacebad
      HEINEKEN IS A TERRIBLE BEER. saying Heineken is a good beer is like saying getting a kick in the balls constitutes good foreplay.
      rawkmaster
      Shinedown... "2 scented candles, 2 religious candles, and one special surprise." We baked them a chocolate penis cake. They were surprised someone actually read their rider and tried. Sick Puppies: 1 garden gnome. But only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday shows.
      biff022
      This article reads like I am in 7th grade with ADHD... Come on man! Get it together UG!
      Kapalen
      Most artists put weird stuff into the rider to make sure they're paying attention and that the actually important stuff gets done
      GeekInThePink
      I'm no Manson fan, but good for him that he knows good candy. I don't think that's a ridiculous request at all.
      mpk3432
      steel panthers would just be a shitload of condoms, 4 penis pumps and a tonne of viagra XD
      FDJ
      kgesme21 wrote: Eirien wrote: Adele The Brit soul singer insists on two packs of " the best quality European lager beer." Don't accidently slip a Budweiser into that rider - Adele makes it clear that "North American beer is NOT acceptable." Everyone knows Heineken is the best beer in the world. That's not an unusual request. Dude, Heineken isn't even the best beer in its own country. Carlsberg wipes the floor with it. But seriously? No NA beers? Pretty sure the American Micro and Craft Beer market is the best out there right now.
      Carlsberg is Danish, not Dutch... In my opinion,Grolsch is the best beer that the Netherlands has to offer.
      ginsufrenzy
      we were in sri lanka, formerly sri lanka. and i was looking for 1000 brown m&m's to fill a brandy glass or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night.....
      Yumatira
      jurnag12 wrote: Eirien wrote: PelfPanders wrote: Uhum, @#1 You do know that most Dutch people list Heineken in their 3 least favorite brands of beer. Most Dutch people are weird. I'll probably stop drinking beer all together when I move over there though. If you think Heineken is the best, you should try some Jupiler or Grolsch when you get over here. That stuff is fantastic.
      Or Hertog Jan Mmmmmm Here is a website with some lists: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/backstage
      ronhoward
      Haha, people read this article and still ask what a rider is? "Um I dunno what a rider is, but this just looks like a list of demands..." +1
      phantom_lord586
      Foo Fighters had a recipe for ice: get ice tray will with water (clean prefered) put in freezer wait til frozen remove from freezer you got to hand it to Dave Grohl
      godisasniper
      Megadeth2011 wrote: I'm surprised the Foo's tour rider didn't make this list. It's a masterpiece.
      yeah I was just expecting to see a link to that. Every one of them that they've done for the past few years has been gold - the coloring book from last year being particularly hilarious.
      Fwenx
      Great discussion on beer, entirely unrelated to the article :p
      ne14t
      In comment to the Crack Oil Machine, if I am not mistaken that is a type of fogger machine that uses high pressure air to inject the oil based fogger liquid instead of heating it up which is thought to make the fog carcinogenic. The beer thing is funny too because people in NA will think a lot of European beers are good, but the people in Europe will say otherwise, I had some British chaps on a cruise ship refer to Stella Artois as "Wife Beater"
      guy_mtx
      I don't understand why they demand such wasteful quantities of food. I mean- steak, pizza AND a platter of roast meats? Every single time you perform?
      iup788
      I don't think bacon is that ridiculous. If I ever get to make requests that will be 100% fulfilled, I'm going to ask for bacon. Bald toothless hookers on the other hand..
      kevindm215
      ne14t wrote: I I had some British chaps on a cruise ship refer to Stella Artois as "Wife Beater"
      We call stella wife beater in Ireland to.lol. go on GUINNESS!!!
      gnst
      Dries92 wrote: Belgian beer is the best!jupiler or stella artois or Duvel
      Or our Trappist beers like Westmalle, Orval, ... !
      Chronologo
      johnny.3108 wrote: Can someone explain to me what the term 'tour rider' means? Sorry, I'm just not familiar with that word.
      It's a document where the band or artist states it's requirements to perform, from technical stuff (amplifiers, console's channel lists, etc..) to more personal things (drinks, stuff to eat, and some really weird stuff)
      ComradSputnik
      jetwash69 wrote: Sparda93 wrote: Anyone agree that Adele should try out a case of glass bottled San Miguel and Estrella Damm? My favorite beers Gotta be the San Miguel from the Phillipines with the formaldehyde. IMHO, the best beer is English bitter. Preferably John Smith. Guiness rocks, too. There are also a few American microbrew stouts that compare to Guiness, but certainly not the Sam Adams, IMHO. Shiner has some great beers, as does the New Belgium Brewing Co, as far as the national brands go. And you'll find lots of great true microbrews in small rural towns, where they brew batches smaller than 5,000 gallons. The only Heineken I've enjoyed was in Egypt; that was a lot better than the Heineken I had in a pub right across the street from the brewery in Amsterdam.
      I bet you only enjoyed that heineken cause you walked the whole day through the dessert and it was the first thing you got to drink ...
      Lupl
      Eirien wrote: PelfPanders wrote: Uhum, @#1 You do know that most Dutch people list Heineken in their 3 least favorite brands of beer. Most Dutch people are weird. I'll probably stop drinking beer all together when I move over there though.
      I am Dutch. and it's true, Heineken is not my favorite at all. Hertog Jan or Palm, that's the real s--t
      Reagar
      Has anyone ever tried "Kirin Ichiban", Japan's prime brew? Fucking lush, if I ever make a decent amount of money that'll be my main beer
      party_on_wayne
      PatVanHalen5150 wrote: Clearly Adele hasn't had Sam Adams Boston Lager.
      Or Samuel Jackson's Lager. That's some good shit
      kgesme21
      Eirien wrote: Adele The Brit soul singer insists on two packs of " the best quality European lager beer." Don't accidently slip a Budweiser into that rider - Adele makes it clear that "North American beer is NOT acceptable." Everyone knows Heineken is the best beer in the world. That's not an unusual request.
      Dude, Heineken isn't even the best beer in its own country. Carlsberg wipes the floor with it. But seriously? No NA beers? Pretty sure the American Micro and Craft Beer market is the best out there right now.
      Mahabajaba
      Let's be fair here, it's possible we're all thinking of different kinds of Heineken. Here in Aus there's imported Dutch Heineken (which is good, not the best mind you) and there's made in Australia Heineken (which is horrible). Same goes for Becks (better than Heineken imo), but really, the essentially point here is that American beer just doesn't hold compared to european. Especially in the lager department.
      swave75
      Section 5 wrote: Wow...no food on Adele's rider? Weird.
      I kinda think she's hot. Just sayin'.
      Underjoggle
      lubura wrote: party_on_wayne wrote: PatVanHalen5150 wrote: Clearly Adele hasn't had Sam Adams Boston Lager. Or Samuel Jackson's Lager. That's some good shit While I was in USA for the first time, Samuel Jackson was the best beer I had, ever!
      Can't tell if trolling Or just extremely foreign