Rihanna's Backstage Demands
2010 tour rider outlaws sequins in pop star's dressing room
Barefoot Rihanna's Backstage Demands
JUNE 16--With the U.S. leg of Rihanna's 2010 world tour scheduled to kick off next month in Auburn, Washington, concert promoters are preparing to deal with the singer's very specific backstage demands.
According to her tour rider, excerpted here, Rihanna (real name: Robin Fenty) is rather particular when it comes to candles, flowers, and seating in her dressing room. A six-foot couch needs to be "White, Cloth, Plush (No leather)" and "wide enough for her to stretch out on and sometime take a nap." Animal print throw pillows ("Cheetah, Leopard") cannot have sequins.
Since Rihanna's arena digs are often locker rooms normally occupied by basketball and hockey players, the spaces need to be spruced up with "Icy Blue Chiffon" placed atop drapery and "Archipelago Black Forest Candles." The bathroom, of course, must be "spotless," and the toilet has to be deep cleaned before the star's arrival.
Rihanna, 22, also requires a large throw rug (plush, with an animal print) in her dressing room. The rug, her rider notes, "must be CLEAN, as she will walk on it barefoot." Though perhaps shower slippers or flip-flops are advisable considering the sweaty occupants who normally fill these spaces. (2 pages)