The 32 most ridiculous things musicians have demanded in their dressing rooms

katy perry

Ever wonder what it’s like to hang out backstage with your favorite musicians?

Thanks to nifty little documents known as tour riders, you don’t have to wonder anymore. 

Broadly speaking, tour riders outline all the terms that a venue must meet when an artist comes to give a performance. They generally include each artist’s detailed demands for food, decorations, and other personal touches in their dressing rooms. Most give a surprisingly detailed snapshot of the artist’s private backstage space.

But as you might expect, some celeb requests can get pretty exorbitant — even downright weird. We combed through dozens of leaked tour riders published on the website The Smoking Gun. Here’s a look at some truly ridiculous requests made on the riders of 32 artists across the industry. 

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Pharrell Williams requests that his dressing room contain a framed photo of legendary astronomer Carl Sagan.

Apparently Williams has been a longtime fan of “Cosmos” — the 1980 educational series that Sagan narrated.

“I watched ‘Cosmos’ as a child and I was always blown away by [Sagan’s] mind and the way he thought,” Williams once told the TODAY Show. “When I look at that picture I realize how lucky we all are […] to be on this planet and be able to do what we love to do every day. Seeing Carl’s face reminds me of it.”

Sources: TODAY, IMDb, The Smoking Gun


Celine Dion’s dressing room must be exactly 73 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a 2008–2009 rider.

Source: The Smoking Gun

In 2015, One Direction asked each venue to provide a ping pong table, pinball machine, and “one other games […] of your choice.” They suggested pool, air hockey, or Space Invaders.

Source: The Smoking Gun

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