Stars and celebrities are often cherished for their talent on the big screen or on stage, but for the entire crew and entourage team working with them can be a nightmare. Demanding stars’ requests can become so insane that producers end up refusing to work with them. Outrageous demands, outbursts and tantrums are just a few of the things that celebrities’ PAs and crew staff need to deal with offstage.
The Smoking Gun compiled a list of leaked backstage documents that reveal ridiculous things celebrities ask for backstage. I have sifted through some of them and chose the 5 weirdest things that celebrities want to have in their dressing rooms or during their tours.
1. Kanye West
Kanye West requests four dressing rooms just for himself and his entourage. In the artist dressing room he asks for a full length mirror, love seats, entertainment center with a TV, CD player, DVD player and XBOX 360 as well as a barber’s chair in the wardrobe room. Other must-have items for the American rapper are two tubes of Carmex lip balm, baby wipes, a bottle of Patron Silver Tequila, a bottle of Hennessey Liquor, a bottle of hot sauce (Caribbean type Tabasco) and one bowl of Sunkist salted pistachio nuts (no red Colouring).
2. Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera’s representative asked for a police escort during the artist’s 2000 Tour to facilitate the band vehicles arrival and departure from the venue. This escort had to route the vehicles through any potential traffic delays. Under no circumstances were the vehicles allowed to encounter any delays due to traffic.
Beyonce demands that her dressing room be kept at 78 degrees with comfortable furniture and enough space to accommodate her crew. As for her food, it should be prepared at least 15-20 minutes before her arrival to ensure freshness. Wondering what her culinary desires are? Beyonce opts for chicken legs heavily seasoned with cayenne pepper. All drinks should be heavily iced with an additional bucket of clean ice for serving. Also, all of her drinks should be Pepsi products. Beyonce cannot be seen with any competitors’ products anywhere she or her entourage may be photographed due to a contractual agreement.
Rihanna needs a total of eleven rooms for office’s and dressing rooms. In addition her own room needs to be piped and draped. Among the craziest things she requests are: a large animal print throw rug, small clear square vases with white tulips (if in season)or alternatively white Casablanca lilies or white Freesia, all without foliage. The famous singer has also very specific requests when it comes to scented candles. She asks for 6 candles, with Archipelago black forest candles being the No. 1 choice.
5. Will Ferell
Will Ferrell has perhaps the most bizarre request among all stars in the list. During his promotional comedy tour he requested for an electronic scooter, a rainbow (painted on canvas) on wheels, a 15-foot-tall fake tree on wheels and a flight of stairs on wheels. Among the least weird demands were a Guinness beer, various protein bars and raw roasted almonds.
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