Gothic shock rocker Manson is actually somewhat tame when it comes to rock antics that aren’t on stage, but he still has his moments. One of those moments came in 1998 when he and his retinue did more than twenty-five thousand dollars of damage to a Sheraton Hotel in New York – with a food fight. How on earth they managed, this is unknown.
They must have been throwing some hard food. Oh, also, somebody’s shirt caught on fire, which led to their room’s carpet also catching fire. Try explaining that one to the authorities without them locking up everyone involved.
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.
Adele Needed Her Cigs and Gum
Adele has one of the most powerful and famous female voices in the industry, so it's strange to hear that she often demanded Marlboro Lights in her tour rider, along with a lighter. Maybe there was some sort of special recipe that she did to get her voice so beautiful – we don't recommend trying it, though.
But Adele didn't want a smoker's breath right before going to meet with fans, so she also requested chewing gum to freshen up. Finally, the singer usually requests red wine – twelve bottles of the best quality possible. Hopefully, that's to celebrate another great set after performing.
Rapper Lupe Fiasco Needed Ice Cream. A Lot of It
When this rapper was on tour during 2009, his rider included what we can only call an ice cream bar to end all ice cream bars. Among the traditional toppings and offerings, the rider also demanded several flavors of ice “crème,” sprinkles, nuts, hot fudge, warm brownies, warm apple pie, and glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
It's not the wildest thing on this list, it's not even the unhealthiest, but it does make us all sit back and dream. Lupe Fiasco got to the big time, and he celebrated the way so many of us would.
Tony Iommi Accidentally Set a Bandmate on Fire
Some people have gone so far as to say that Black Sabbath is the very first hard rock band. They gave Ozzy his start, they changed the history of music, and they got up to some really, really bizarre stuff. In his 2011 autobiography, guitarist Tony Iommi said that a prank went really, really wrong when he filled up an entire bucket with alcohol and tossed it at drummer Bill Ward.
Ward immediately burst into flames. The alcohol soaked into his legs and delivered third-degree burns. No one is entirely sure how it happened, and if we're honest, we aren't coming up with any good solutions, either.