When a musician or band goes on tour, they often sign various contracts that contain riders (known as addendums). These riders are pretty much a bunch of extra-special requests that outline specific needs and wants performers anticipate upon their arrival backstage.
And one thing is for sure: Musicians request some ridiculous things. We’re not kidding.
Photographer Henry Hargreaves thought their desires were so strange that he decided to capture them in a photo project to offer a glimpse into the world of high-demands and expectations.
Each request that accompanies Hargreaves’ pictures, which he created with the assistance of prop stylist Caitlin Levin to depict Flemish still life paintings, were taken directly from the contracts.
Hargreaves explains what attracted him to this series:
I was inspired to create this series after reviewing a few riders from some of the biggest acts in the world, all of which were ridiculous. But what I found most interesting about them is that they offered a glimpse into their larger-than-life personalities.
I initially thought I would try and shoot all of the items listed on the catering riders but quickly realized that this would become an exercise in wasting money. So I decided to focus on the quirkiest requests and shoot them in a Flemish Baroque still-life style because I felt that there was a direct connection between the themes in these types of paintings and the riders: the idea of time passing and the ultimate mortality of a musician’s career as the limelight inevitably fades—they only have a short time in which they are able to make these demands and have them fulfilled.
No matter how big of a star you are, sometimes, it’s the simple things that bring the most pleasure, such as 24-pieces of fried chicken, Rough Rider condoms, a bottle of something to wet your whistle and a picture of the late Princess Diana. At least, according to these famous musicians.
Check out the slideshow above.