Take a look at some of the weird requirements that some famous musicians demand in their rider contracts backstage for their performances.
Photographer Henry Hargreave took a peek into some of the stranger stipulations, and photographed each requirement in a Flemish Baroque still-life style editorial, that was meant to acknowledge how fleeting a time frame these musicians have to demand such things and have them obliged. The Flemish Baroque style is historically associated with depicting the passage of time, observing how it moves, and how glory fades.
Still, it gives you a glimpse into their larger-than-life personalities while they were at the top. What do you think? Enjoy!
Al Green- Twenty-four long-stemmed and de-thorned red roses.
Axl Rose- Fresh white Wonder Bread, Dom Perignon
Beyoncé- Juicy baked chicken, seasoned with: garlic, sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Beyoncé can only have Pepsi products.
Billy Idol- One tub I can’t believe it’s not Butter!, Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked Nantucket Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Britney Spears- Fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburgers without the buns, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.
Busta Rhymes- Twenty-four pieces of fried chicken, Rough Rider condoms, Guinness.
Frank Sinatra- One bottle each: Absolute, Jack Daniel’s, Chivas Regal, Courvoisier, Beefeater Gin, white wine, red wine. Twenty-four chilled jumbo shrimp, Life Savers, cough drops.
Lady Gaga- Small plate of non-smelly, non-sweaty cheese, on ice.
Mariah Carey- Cristal Champagne, bendy straws.
Marylin Manson- Gummi bears.
New Kids on The Block- Häagen-Dazs ice cream, Oreo cookies.
Nine Inch Nails- Two boxes of corn starch.
Prince- Coffee and tea setup, including honey, lemon, sugar, cream, fresh ginger root. Physician and B-12 injection.
Rihanna- Hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, at any time throughout the day.
Van Halen- Herring in sour cream, large tube of KY jelly, M&M’s (no brown ones).