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Editorial: What Musicians Demand And Eat Backstage

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

Al Green- Twenty-four long-stemmed and de-thorned red roses.

axl rose

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

Billy Idol- One tub I can’t believe it’s not Butter!, Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked Nantucket Chocolate Chip Cookies.

britney spears

Britney Spears- Fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburgers without the buns, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.

busta rhymes

Busta Rhymes- Twenty-four pieces of fried chicken, Rough Rider condoms, Guinness.

frank sinatra

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

Lady Gaga- Small plate of non-smelly, non-sweaty cheese, on ice.

mariah carey

Mariah Carey- Cristal Champagne, bendy straws.

marylin manson

Marylin Manson- Gummi bears.

new kids on the block

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

Van Halen- Herring in sour cream, large tube of KY jelly, M&M’s (no brown ones).


Kemi Carey
Kemi Carey

i have a sneaking suspicion that the musician's entourage just throw in random things and demands that they'd like to have and to keep promoters on their toes...

Natosha Morris
Natosha Morris

No wonder some have been vomiting on stage lately..

Joslyn B
Joslyn B

lol ah celebrity riders. I've worked with a few before, some of their requests are crazy! It goes beyond food. One in particular demanded all walls in her dressing room be painted white and white lilies everywhere.

Erika Jones Purvis
Erika Jones Purvis

From my on the road experience they put those crazy items on the list just to make sure the promoter really paid attention to what they wanted, like what's really needed. Yeah it's bs and they don't eat it, use it, whatever but It totally feels good to walk backstage and to see all they items you listed there.


It's Nine Inch Nails' two boxes of corn starch Adriana Berusch Gerardino.

Latoya Alley
Latoya Alley

I'm confused and trying not to gag at what Billy wants with chocolate chip cookies and a tub of margarine. ugh.