Outrageous Demands of Musicians on Tour
What Are Tour Riders? Slide 1 of 11
Bands and music performers present backstage tour riders to promoters with detailed requirements of stage setup, lighting and sound needs, as well as every little whim they desire related to catering, travel, hotel and dressing room accommodations.
Tour riders have become objects of legendary ridicule for bands and divas who have made unbelievable demands. Van Halen are widely regarded as pioneers of tour rider madness because of the specific demands they made on tour in the 1980s to make sure their staff was paying adequate attention.
Van Halen's most infamous request (and a renowned point of origin for tour rider insanity) was their demand to have their dressing room stocked with M&Ms, but with every single brown M&M removed.