Various entertainers usually include these so-called “riders” in their contracts with each venue, and they’re often quite amusing.
For instance, not only does Madonna travel with a 200-person entourage and 30 bodyguards, she also needs her own team of professional chefs, a yoga instructor, an acupuncturist, and an on-site dry cleaner.
She also must have 20 international phone lines installed in her hotel room. On top of that, She requires that all furniture be removed from her hotel rooms and replaced with her own pieces that she has shipped in.
She must also have special fabrics draped over every piece of furniture as well as special white and pink roses that must have their stems cut to six inches.
Why must Madonna have all these things? It seems the 53-year-old diva needs to feel as though she’s at home while on tour. If she doesn’t, her stage show suffers as a result.
What do you think of Madonna’s demands? Are they excessive or just par for the course?
- Madonna’s bizarre tour demands revealed (bazaardaily.com)
- Madonna Flashes the Crowds in Istanbul and Rome, Fans Flames of Feud With Lady Gaga (shoppingblog.com)
- Madonna’s diva tour demands: Special fabric, flowers and furniture plus a 200-strong entourage (dailymail.co.uk)
- Madonna’s Got a Pretty Demanding Tour Rider (newsroom.mtv.com)