Featured :: Band Riders by Henry Hargreaves

By Chanel Dror

If you caught our new Editors’ Essentials series, you know that we tend to be a bit nosey around here — there’s something so thrilling about discovering what makes people tic, don’t you think? Submitting to my voyeuristic guilty pleasure, I couldn’t resist sharing these photos with you all today: Henry Hargreaves photographed (in baroque-inspired still life, mind you) the quirky requests made by famous musicians when on tour. And not only is this series fabulous for giving us a peak into these celebrities’s larger-than-life personalities, but it makes for quite the lesson in food styling (because anyone who can make Wonderbread photogenic is seriously talented!) It got me thinking about what crazy requests I’d make on tour, and so far all I’ve come up with is heaps of avocados and tomatoes… and puppies. Click through, and I’d love to know — What wild demands would you make if you had the world at your fingertips?

Al Green: Twenty-four long-stem (dethorned) red roses.

Britney Spears: Fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburgers without the buns, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.

Axl Rose: Fresh Wonder Bread (white), Dom Perignon

Prince: Coffee and tea setup, including honey, lemon, sugar, cream, fresh ginger root. Physician will be used to administer a B-12 injection.

Mariah Carey: Cristal Champagne, bendy straws.

Rihanna: Hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, at any time throughout the day. Please be prepared!

Billy Idol: One tub I can’t believe it’s not Butter!, Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked Nantucket Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Beyoncé: Juicy baked chicken, heavily seasoned: garlic, sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Frank Sinatra: One bottle each: Absolute, Jack Daniel’s, Chivas Regal, Courvoisier, Beefeater Gin, white wine, red wine. Twenty-four chilled jumbo shrimp, Life Savers, cough drops. 

Lady Gaga: Small plate of cheese (nonsmelly, nonsweaty) on ice.