Fans attending the Paul McCartney concert tonight in Regina should give stagehands and the local crew an extra round of thanks after the Beatles legend demanded the work be done on meat-free stomachs.
According to the Canadian Press, McCartney asked that the workers be served vegetarian meals while erecting the stage at Regina's Mosaic Stadium. It was reportedly one of the terms in order to secure McCartney's performance.
"I think the bigger you get the more you want things done your way," Evraz Place vice-president Neil Donnelly told CP of the demand. "So if it means travelling with your own folks to take care of that, they can do that." Donnelly also said there were a few jokes from stagehands about "people ordering pizza" but thus far the workers have enjoyed the meals.
The singer is a longtime supporter of animal rights. In 2006, McCartney and then-wife Heather Mills made headlines when they travelled to northern Canada to protest the seal hunt and, according to the Smoking Gun, his 2002 concert rider for his Driving USA trek demanded dressing room furniture not be made of any animal products. "It is crucial you do not provide furniture made of any animal skin or print," the rider reads. "Do not provide artificial versions of animal skin or print either. Only animal free materials are excepted. (cottons, denims, velour, etc.)"
The new demand brings to mind Morrissey's 2009 performance at Coachella where, according to the BBC, he walked off stage after stating he could "smell burning flesh." The singer and animal rights advocate was upset by the smell of barbecues on the concert grounds.
If Regina was made to meet such rigorous demands, one hazards to guess the obvious demand a city named Moose Jaw might face in landing a McCartney show.
But McCartney certainly isn't the only musician with demanding tour rider demands. Here are a few more ridiculous ones.
<li><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/04/lady-gaga-monster-ball-tour-pink-pubic-hair_n_2617302.html">Mannequin with puffy pink pubic hair</a></li> <li>White leather couches, fresh roses and black satin drapes</li> <li>Old rock posters of David Bowie, Queen, Elton John and Billie Holiday</li> <li>Peanut butter with flax seed that contain no more than 4g of sugar</li>
<li>A <a href="http://www.intouchweekly.com/entertainment/news/madonnas-crazy-tour-demands">200-person entourage</a> that includes 30 bodyguards, personal chefs, a yoga instructor, an acupuncturist and an on-site dry cleaner</li> <li>20 international phone lines</li> <li>Lilies and white and light-pink roses that have stems trimmed to precisely 6 inches</li>
<li><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/diva-alert-mariah-carey-demands-surrounded-20-white-kittens-100-white-doves-event-article-1.415385">20 white kittens and 100 doves</a></li> <li>$200 bottle of cabernet sauvignon</li> <li>Two dozen white roses and vanilla aromatherapy candles</li> <li><a href="http://www.thesmokinggun.com/backstage/divas/mariah-carey-10-0">No busy patterns</a> in the living room space</li> <li>Her room should be about 75 degrees</li>
<li><a href="http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/95312/Rihannas-Tour-Demands-Reveal-She-Lived-Off-Energy-Drinks-And-Sweets-On-777-Tour">Haribo gummies</a></li> <li>Oreo cookies</li> <li>Mini Babybel cheese</li> <li>Cans of Red Bull</li>
<a href="http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/celebrity/katy-perry-concert-rider-138490">Chauffeurs are not allowed to start a conversation with Perry</a> and are not to stare at the backseat through the rearview mirror. Dressing room has to be draped in cream or soft pink. Coffee table much be in perspex modern style. A pair of floor lamps should be in French ornate style. The fridge must come with a glass door.
<li>A pair of 20-25 year old <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/mias-tour-rider_n_1262950.html">dancers in full covered Burkas</a></li> <li>European cheese</li> <li>Ketel One vodka, absinthe and Red Bull</li>
<li>Scented candles that must smell like baked goods</li> <li><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2094811/A-gallon-lemonade-humidifier-buckets-spicy-fried-chicken-silverware-set--Nicki-Minaj-demands-huge-rider-her-entourage.html#axzz2JwJy02JT">2 Space Heaters - VERY IMPORTANT</a> </li> <li>Buckets of spicy fried chicken - no thighs, lot of wings - a large cheese platter</li> <li>Three packs of gum in three different flavors </li>
Jay Z and Beyonce
<strong>Jay Z:</strong> <li>Venue transportation <a href="http://rollingout.com/entertainment/rihanna-kanye-west-beyonce-celebrity-tour-rider-the-craziest-backstage-demands">must be a late-model black Maybach</a></li> <li>Two bottles of $300 champagne and two $200 bottles of 2004 Sassicaia wine</li> <strong>Queen Bey:</strong> <li>Juicy baked chicken, HEAVILY seasoned with fresh garlic, season salt, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper</li>
<li>White flowers (preferably roses or lilies)</li> <li>White lounges</li> <li>White covers for the chairs</li> <li>White candles</li> <li><a href="http://www.take40.com/news/36381/jennifer-lopez-australian-tour-rider-sneak-peek----plus!-was-she-ring-shopping-in-perth-with-boyfriend-casper-">White food</a>, such as fish and fruit</li>
<a href="http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/christina-aguilera-rider">ZERO pounds of dry ice per show</a> (?!) No Styrofoam or plastic goods shall be used in preparation of food, because of the state of the environment. Small bottle of "Flintstones" Vitamins with Extra Vitamin C
<a href="http://music-mix.ew.com/2012/02/08/kanye-west-mia-tour-riders-burkas/">Imported and recut Versace towels.</a> Any chauffeur who drives him must wear 100% cotton clothes, "no man-made fibers."
Marlboro Lights European lager beer Sandwiches without tomatoes Any fan who scores free tickets <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/07/adele-fans-give-charity-f_n_1132788.html">has to make a donation to charity</a>, no exceptions.
<li><a href="http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/jordin-sparks-rider?page=0">Sufficient lighting</a></li> <li>A small jar of kosher dill pickle spears</li>
<li>A <a href="http://www.contactmusic.com/news-article/manson-requests-bald-headed.-toothless-hooker">bald-headed, toothless hooker</a> (as a joke?!)</li>