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The Best Things in Life Are Free: On Bono Being An A**hole and Backstage Riders

By Cindy Davis | Think Pieces | June 28, 2012 | Comments ()

The funnier and more bizarre (or despicable) thing to me is when someone is more a star in his/her head than anyone else's perception. Or when that self-aggrandizement is expressed in celebrities' demands, as to the way they are treated or spoken to by "regular" people or people they somehow consider below themselves. At what point do you wake up and think, "Oh, the little people really shouldn't look at me or speak directly to me"? When do you get to the point where you require "...all furniture be removed from the rooms and replaced with her own pieces that she has shipped in." Madonna, for her current MDNA tour, "...also has a 200-person entourage that includes 30 bodyguards, personal chefs, a yoga instructor, an acupuncturist and even an on-site dry less than 20 international phone lines in her dressing room which is required to be draped in a special fabric and 'filled with lilies and white and light-pink roses that have stems trimmed to precisely six inches.'" What in the world happens if those stems are six and a quarter? Does she measure them herself or does she have a special, flower-measuring assistant? While we understand that Madonna has reached some über Celebrity level, how do other backstage riders compare? Let's take a look (and bear in mind, these are only excerpts, not entire documents).

Katie Perry:

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Lady Gaga:

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Clearly, some celebrities have the good sense to play humor into their demands:

Iggy Pop:

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One band's delightful tom-foolery is world-renowned:

Foo Fighters (who also include coloring and activity books):

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And some of the biggest stars have the simplest demands:


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David Bowie:

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Hmm...not one request to look away from his sunglasses. Bono doesn't seem that bad to me.

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