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Photos Reveal The Unusual Requests Made By Famous Musicians Backstage

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Photographer Henry Hargreaves has compiled a series of photos that highlights the unusual requests made by famous musicians backstage before performing.

According to Hargreaves, these requests are part of a rider—a set of stipulations or demands that a musician sets as criteria for performing—failure to do so would often mean the musician could choose to not perform.

“I was inspired to create this series after reviewing a few riders from some of the biggest acts in the world, all of which were ridiculous,” wrote Hargreaves. “But what I found most interesting about them is that they offered a glimpse into their larger-than-life personalities.”

From alcohol and gummi bears to cheese and KY jelly, check out some of their unusual requests below:

Al Green
Twenty-four long-stem (de-thorned) red roses.

Axl Rose
Fresh Wonder Bread (white), Dom Perignon

Billy Idol
One tub of '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.


Foo Fighters
Big-ass kielbasas that make men feel self-conscious.

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 cheese (nonsmelly, nonsweaty), on ice.

Mariah Carey
Cristal Champagne, bendy straws.

Marilyn Manson
Gummi bears.

New Kids on the Block
Häagen-Dazs ice cream, Oreo cookies.

Nine Inch Nails
Two boxes of corn starch.

Coffee and tea setup, including honey, lemon, sugar, cream, fresh ginger root. Physician will be used to administer a B-12 injection.

Hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, at any time throughout the day. Please be prepared!

Van Halen
Herring in sour cream, large tube of KY jelly, M&M's (Warning: absolutely no brown ones).

[via Vice]
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