When The Foo Fighters hit the road in 2011, they sent out a fifty-two-page list in their rider. Among the coloring pages and games, one reasonable request was that the food served to the band should not include any rocks. They didn’t want any lame food, which also included sandwiches and pickles.
The manager for the tour, Gus Brandt, came up with the rider, and Dave Grohl has said that Brandt always takes opportunities to show off his humor. Their first choice was to do a laminated Waffle House-style menu with suggested servings, but it proved to be too fiddly. Instead, they went with the coloring book.
Jack White Like His Guacamole Homemade
We all love some good guac. Jack White is among us, and while he's on tour, he always wants some to snack on. We really can't find anything wrong with that. However, he does want the guacamole to be homemade, and he gives strict instructions on how to make it.
The instructions include mixing in or squeezing half a lime over the finished product to keep it from browning, which is a handy tip that you, too, can use the next time you're mixing up a batch. His music might not be everyone's favorite, but you can't fault White's taste.
M.I.A. Wanted Three Backup Dancers
Yeah, that's the kind of title that raises an eyebrow, but it's not what you think – the Sri Lankan rapper requested the women to be backup dancers on stage. Usually, tours hire backups for the entire list of performances, but for some reason, M.I.A. wanted three different women every time she took the stage.
They had to be between twenty and twenty-five years old and had to be able to groove to the music – that's a direct quote. Maybe she was interested in getting people from the area, making each performance special. We guess there was a time when M.I.A. could make this kind of demand, but it wasn't a very long time.
Van Halen Wasn't Short on Protection
The eighties were the time of Van Halen. Whether it was touring or when he was at home, someone that was famous around the world needed to know he was staying safe. He had plenty of bodyguards, but he also hired two dwarves as extra security during a tour, dressing them in small S.W.A.T. Team uniforms, complete with handcuffs and sunglasses.
He called it a comfort, knowing that he could wake up in random hotels in the middle of nowhere and see his little friends watching over him. Having someone you can rely on is pretty important.
Pharrell Williams Wants a Picture of Carl Sagan
For those of us who were around while it was on, there are plenty of fond memories of the Carl Sagan show “Cosmos.” Williams was one such fan and recounted that he was often blown away by what he learned on the program.
He now requests that his dressing room contains a framed photo of Sagan at all of his shows since it reminds him of how lucky we all are to be on a planet that supports us and lets us do what we love and what Williams loves specifically. A reminder of our small part in the universe at large and to make the most of it.