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You’ll Never Guess What Katy Perry Demands Backstage At Her Concerts

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 07: Katy Perry attends on day 1 of the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball at 02 Arena on December 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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Trent Reznor needs corn starch. Motley Crue needs AA meetings and a boa constrictorLil Wayne needs a 5 star hotel’s presidential suite, two bottles of Perrier-Jouet champagne, and four armed off-duty cops. Celebrities’ backstage “riders,” a list of specific demands they require when traveling and performing, are often bizarre. And I’ll admit that, given how wild and peculiar many famous folks’ riders are, I was surprised at how pleasant Katy Perry‘s requests are.

According to TMZ, who got ahold of the requirements from Perry’s New Year’s Eve show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Perry insists on backstage featuring some very atypical things for a rockstar (with the likely exception of musicians from Portland):

-fresh veggies AT ALL TIMES — including spinach/broccoli/celery/beets/carrots/kale, etc.
-two large baskets of fruit — one must be tropical.
-dinner must include a vegetarian option … plus quinoa or couscous.
-ALL meals must be low-fat and health conscious and cannot contain MSG.

“One must be tropical” led me to imagine a pair of frazzled assistants running around the supermarket frantically questioning, “ARE CLEMENTINES TROPICAL?”

For her dressing room, Perry requests even more excellent snacks:

-fresh organic grown fruit (including SLICED pineapple, mango, kiwis, etc)
-fresh cut crudites (cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, snap peas & celery … plus ranch dip)
-healthy granola
-dried figs
-whole grain tortilla chips
-large bowl hummus
-fresh made guacamole

Katy also likes fermented grapes  — 2 bottles of Pinot Grigio and 1 Argentine Malbec.

Wine and SLICED pineapple and fresh guacamole? Dude, Katy Perry, what’s up, when can we hang out? Granted, if I were a famous person, I would additionally require Nutella, Lion bars, Talenti Gelato in Mediterranean Mint, a brief phone call with Jason Segel, flannel blankets, and several chubby cats (which I would then adopt).

As a side note, I do actually find backstage riders pretty fascinating. When I first started doing makeup for film, I remember there was one actor–who actually won a reality show I won’t name, but it did confirm every suspicion I’d ever had about reality TV–who had a small list of demands. Now, it was a fairly simple set and I was really inexperienced, so I did not realize normal people did things like demand specific food, drink and comfort items while on the job. His were fairly arbitrary ones like special coffee brands and specific candies, but there are tons of actual famous people who make significantly stranger ones. Katy Perry, for the record, is not one of those people–depending on your idea of “strange”–but more reassuring than anything that somebody with such a stressful, intense schedule is staying healthy.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    haha I like those healthy demands, though Sam I think your requirements are better haha chubby cats and Jason Segel…can’t go wrong?!

  • anna

    I like that they refer to wine as fermented grapes. It’s like when my little cousins get excited that we’re both drinking grape juice, only mine is “grown up juice”

  • Anne Marie Hawkins

    I think it makes a lot of sense – she has some pretty high-energy performances so refueling is important. And I find it really interesting that a lot of performers use one or two weird requests in their riders to make sure that a venue has thoroughly read and followed their contract. The Who did it to make sure that it was safe, because if they didn’t have certain stuff backstage they doubted they could safely set off the pyrotechnics in the show.

  • CMJ

    My brother is in a band (they are pretty indie) and when they tour the US they get giddy when they get the bottle of bourbon they ask for on their rider.

    My friend also runs a large venue here in the Bay Area and I ALWAYS ask about riders because they are so fascinating. Basically, the venue pays for everything…and they lost money on this stuff because some artists ask for $80 candles.

  • Candice

    I get the healthy food things, when I’m acting on stage I always eat a light, healthy meal beforehand. there’s nothing worse than feeling like a blob when you’re performing. afterwords is when I bust out the junk….

  • Mandie

    This actually makes me want to hang out with Katy Perry. But only if there are chubby cats.

  • Hayley Mohan

    And now I am hungry.