The boys from One Direction were just that – boys. They couldn’t really live the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle as we know it, ignoring the fact they weren’t exactly rockers. In their riders, they asked for things to keep them entertained and their minds off of performing, including a ping pong table, pinball machines, and one other game of the venue’s choice, offering a few examples such as a pool or air hockey.
Ping pong, in particular, is the kind of thing that can keep you occupied for hours, and you can really show off your skills if you’ve spent enough time with a paddle in your hand.
Pearl Jam Wants to Be Healthy
Staying in good spirits and good health while you're touring on the road is something that all the big bands have at the top of their to-do lists. It's a hard life even if you aren't an international star, which is why the band Pearl Jam requests four cartons of Epsom salt for medicinal purposes – that's the only piece of information we have on the matter.
Of course, as long as they're using it the right way, creating a bath out of the compound will help relax muscles after a long, tiring show. It can even help reduce pain in the shoulders, neck, back, and skull. Just what some aging rockers need.
Justin Bieber and the Indian Yoga Casket
Let's just reiterate that title really quickly: Justin Bieber wanted an Indian Yoga casket. Now you might be asking what exactly an Indian Yoga casket is, and here's the answer: It's a...it's a casket. And it's got stuff like aromatic oils, incense, and yoga books.
This was during a tour in India, so it kind of makes sense, but there was plenty more that he asked for during the tour. Other items include backstage Jacuzzis (we can't argue with that one), helicopters on standby, and a whopping three floors at a five-star hotel. Apparently, there are also ten luxury sedans that the singer and his crew used.
Paul McCartney's Zoo
Being a Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney has an animal-oriented request list when on tour. You can imagine the boundaries when touring with Paul. No meat, no fur, no leather, no life. Now we respect and support animal rights activists, but what are animals got to do with dimmer switch lamps (as only these are acceptable for Paul)?
No animal resemblance whatsoever. No prints, no material, nothing. Sir Paul McCartney does have a love for flowers, plants (no trees), and 20 dozen clean towels that must be put outside of the production office. Go figure.
The Backstreet Boys Want to Eat Healthily
Despite being a boy band that tried to portray a clean image, we imagine even this group of five guys got up to some craziness when they could. But when it came to their diets on the road, they wanted to stay healthy. Their rider specified no candy, chips, chocolate, or junk food of any kind.
Instead, they requested water, milk, fruit, and vegetables. Perhaps the most unhealthy item they had on hand was the ingredients for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Is there anyone out there who doesn't like PB&J? If you're performing for months on end, that healthy food goes down smooth.