A rider is as unique as the person who its written for. They’re also usually pretty secretive; unless one is leaked, we don’t really know what kind of bonkers requests are on it. But you can kind of guess what certain people would want on their rider. Like, I would figure that Mariah Carey might ask for her entire dressing room to be converted into one giant pink bubble bath. We’ve recently learned what is on Justin Bieber’s rider, and I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that it reads like a spoiled rich kid’s letter to Santa Claus.
A music journalist named Arjun S. Ravi tweeted what he claims is Justin Bieber’s rider for when his Purpose World Tour rolls through Mumbai on May 10th. It’s two pages long and contains a multitude of expensive requests. Arjun claims the rider was provided to him as a press release. I’m not sure why Justin’s PR person would do that; I mean, we already know he has a penchant for the douchier things in life.
Justin Bieber’s India tour rider includes a “Indian Yoga casket”, a jacuzzi and a press release that lists all his demands out for you. pic.twitter.com/afwHpMJHJM
— Arjun S Ravi (@arjun_s_ravi) May 3, 2017
I’ve broken it down into a handy cheat sheet. Here’s what Justin Bieber demands be at his disposal for himself and his entourage of 120 while he’s in India for a single show. Bieber wants a helicopter to take him from his hotel to the concert venue and his dressing room backstage to be draped entirely in white curtains. He wants lots of food, like bags of Swedish Fish and sugary cereal. His dressing room also needs a boom box with an iPhone battery to “keep the Biebs happy backstage.”
Justin Bieber wants ten luxury cars and two buses for his entourage, and a Rolls Royce for himself. He wants two five-star hotels, with three full floors and a private elevator reserved for himself in one of the hotels. He will be shipping in his own ping pong table, sofa set, washing machine, and fridge. In his room he demands purple carnations, 100 hangers, a massage table and a female massage therapist.
The funniest request (to me at least) is that he demands chefs prepare him 5 special meals a day renamed after his songs. How diva of him! Enjoy your One Less Lonely Grilled Cheese.
He also wants something called a “yoga casket,” which the rider describes as containing essential oils, books on chakras and yoga asanas. Of all the cliché Indian things he could have asked for, that’s probably the one that he can do the least amount of damage with. Like, he could have asked for an elephant or a tiger. Shoot, he’s got five days until his show – he still could. Don’t do it, India. No matter how much he begs for one, he can’t be trusted with animals.