When big performers are on stage, they need the right setup for fireworks or lights, blowing fans, speakers, washing machines, popcorn machines, etc. Demands for power in the makeup room are much rarer, but Mariah Carey is one of the few that makes them. She requires three separate 20 amp circuits to help her get her makeup and hair ready.
Smart planning – if one of the circuits gets overloaded and goes down, the other two are there to pick up the slack. Carey has to look her best when she hits the stage. When she’s prepping, she also asks that all harsh lighting be turned off.
Reba McEntire Had a Specific Demand
When it comes to crazy asks, country music singers aren't really the group to show up very often. But singer Reba McEntire once demanded in her rider that all of the cups she uses were plastic and entirely, absolutely clear. Not opaque, not translucent. One hundred percent clear. No one has been able to fully determine why.
It could be anything from she doesn't want to accidentally grab the wrong drink to just really, really disliking opaque plastic cups. We may never know the reason. It must be nice being famous. We'd demand that there's nothing that smells like lavender.
Why Do You Need That Much Corn Starch, Trent Reznor?
As the frontman and leading creative mind behind the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor has carved out a place for himself in the history of rock. We can't help but wonder, though, why he asks for two boxes of cornstarch in his tour rider from each concert venue.
He has even said that the two boxes are very important for the band and...you know what, maybe we don't want to know. It's even stranger, given that most of the other things he and the band asks for are just things to make juices and mixed drinks. Maybe they just think oobleck is neat.
ZZ Top's Buffalo Got Away
That's not a euphemism. This band from Texas decided for their 1976 and 1977 Worldwide Texas Tour; they would bring a little bit of the local flavor with them while they traveled to join them on stage. This included a buffalo, a longhorn steer, two vultures, and two rattlesnakes. There's no way this could end badly.
After the June 12th show in Pittsburgh, the animals escaped, damaging the stadium where they were kept. The buffalo escaped in November of the same year, doing damage to nine rented limos that were parked and almost wrecking them.
The Rolling Stones Keep on Rolling
While this rock band was once the wildest and craziest to cross most hotels or stages, the time has mellowed them out somewhat. When they were on tour from 2005 to 2007 for their A Bigger Bang World Tour, they didn't demand that much. Drinks, food, the simple stuff.
Perhaps their most interesting request was that they wanted a running area that was private. Whether that means treadmills or an actual running track probably depended on the venue. Running is a great way to get healthy. Good job, guys – keep on rocking and rolling.