Trent Reznor needs corn starch. Motley Crue needs AA meetings and a boa constrictor. Lil 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)
-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.