Really? I don’t find ANY of those requests unreasonable. I’ve seen far worse: Katy Perry, anyone? She had a 45 page rider demand. JLo? Come ON. Bey also wants her dressing rooms to be babyproofedfor her daughter, Blue Ivy. How is that unreasonable? I don’t see a problem with requesting clean, white towels, a tablecloth or SOAP, either. To me, the white furniture ensures that it is somewhat CLEAN, and not leftover from groupie-sex at last night’s One Direction show. Ew.
One more thing: If I were in Beyonce’s position, I’d request Jo Malone candles, as well. (I wear a Jo Malone fragrance–White Jasmine & Mint.So THAT would be my candle choice.) So yeah, if anyone’s looking for a Christmas present idea for me, there you go! Heh.
So. All the Divas want Jo Malone candles and white furniture. Big deal, man.
Here we go with another crazy rider for a recording artist. This time it’s Katy Perry, who frankly, I only enjoy when I get to see that fantastic cleavage of hers. What? Like you don’t? Don’t even.
I totally understand when artists like Mariah, Lady Gaga and Celine need their humidifiers and Throat Coat Tea — that would indicate they are actually singing and concerned about the effects of dry air on the voices. But
“As she prepares to embark next month on the U.S. leg of her 2011 world tour, Katy Perry will be carrying a 45-page concert rider that outlaws carnations, details very specific furniture requirements, and outlines a 23-point “principle driver policy” for chauffeurs in towns the 26-year-old singer visits. According to Perry’s rider, the performer’s dressing room (which has to be draped in cream or soft pink) needs to be outfitted with two cream-colored egg chairs, one of which should have a footstool.
It is unclear whether Perry requires original Arne Jacobsens or cheap knockoffs. A coffee table needs to be “perspex modern style.” A pair of floor lamps should be in “French ornate style.” And the singer’s refrigerator must come with a glass door.
As for the dressing room’s flower arrangement, Perry wants “White and purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses and peonies.” If those flowers are not available, Perry will settle for a “selection of seasonal white flowers to include white orchids.” However, promoters are advised, “ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS.” That warning is, of course, underlined.
In a commendable effort to curb the environmental impact of plastic bottles, Perry’s rider notes that water dispensers must be provided in all dressing rooms and production offices, and that tour personnel will be supplied with “SIGG DRINKING BOTTLES”.
When it comes to hotel provisions, Perry requires a “1 bedroom presidential suite” in a “5 star property.” And free Internet service and a complimentary breakfast must be provided to the performer and her touring party.
Chauffeurs, the rider notes, are “not allowed to start a conversation with the client”. Wheelmen are similarly barred from conversing with Perry’s guests or fans. They also are directed not to stare at the backseat through the rear view mirror. Drivers should also not “ask for autographs or pictures, and especially not while driving!” Finally, Perry’s ride should be outfitted with four water bottles (presumably in the event she forgets her Sigg).
The rider also alerts promoters that they may be required to hold back tickets for concerts so that Perry & Co. can provide the ducats to “resellers” for “distribution to the public” on the “secondary market.” In other words, Perry reserves the right to pocket some of the proceeds from the sale of tickets–not made available at face price to her fans–scalped at inflated prices by these brokers.”
Wow. I get the whole color scheme, tables, chairs, “don’t look at me or talk to me, Driver!”, and special flower demands. (I don’t love carnations, either. I’d want gardenias.) But allowing the “hold back” tickets for scalpers — then KEEPING the money? That’s pretty greedy, don’t you think? God forbid, Katy Perry might DONATE those left-over tickets to some well-deserving folks who might not be able to attend otherwise. You know, underprivileged kids? Nope. Gotta make that tax-free cash off a few good seats.
Hey, Katy? Enjoy it while it lasts, Honey. We’ve all heard you “sing” live.