Backstage Pass

There is an old saying that the rich are a different breed of people. Why else would one of the more successful shows on television be called “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” But if you want to know how pampered some of the richer entertainers are, you don’t have to look any further than today’s Warped site, brought to you courtesy of that totally warped Web page, The Smoking Gun.

The portion of the Smoking Gun that I am referring to is called Backstage Pass. There is a section that looks at what is called a contract rider, or a part of an entertainer’s contract that makes it known what they expect at a venue where they are performing. The contract rider includes specifications on stage design, sound systems, lighting rigs, as well as an artist’s wish list – from transportation and billing to dressing room accommodations and meals. In some cases, a promoter will refuse a demand (crossing out the request on the document), though stars usually get what they want, whether it’s clean boxer shorts (Jane’s Addiction), prune juice (Kansas), or an arrangement of tulips, roses, gardenias, and lilies (Janet Jackson).

Some of the more amazing ones are:

Limp Bizkit: Need dressing rooms with an apartment “vibe.” And, remember, the lights “MUST BE DIMMABLE!!!”

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Security is important (with his past, he’s gotta watch his back). Atmosphere, vanilla ice cream, and dinner rolls are also important – hey, a Dogg’s gotta be comfortable up in that shiznit. But when it comes to “very important” matters, only one thing qualifies – a Sony PlayStation.

Paul McCartney: “Very fond of flowers,” won’t travel in a stretch limousine with leather seats, and will not stand for backstage furniture made of any animal skin or print (even if it’s of the artificial variety).

Yes, the rich and famous are different than you and me. But now you have glimpse into how they live. Warp-o-Meter rating: 7.5.

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