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From Sinatra to Rihanna, Photographer Shows Off Crazy Requests on Celebrity Tour Riders

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Lady Gaga – small plate of cheese (non-smelly, non-sweaty) on ice.

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 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.—Henry Hargreaves

Here’s another fun project from Brooklyn-based photographer Henry Hargreaves. This time he brings to life the items requested in riders from a handful of famous musicians, Dutch-still life style.

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Rihanna – Hard boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage at any time throughout the day, please be prepared!

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Mariah Carey – Cristal Champagne, bendy straws.

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Frank Sinatra – 1 bottle each: Absolute, Jack Daniels, Chivas Regal, Courvoisier, Beefeater gin, white wine, red wine, 24 chilled jumbo shrimp, life savers, cough drops.

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Van Halen – Herring in sour cream, large tube of KY jelly, M&M’s (warning absolutely no brown ones)

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Nine Inch Nails – 2 boxes of corn starch

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Al Green – 24 long stem (dethroned) red roses

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

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Juicy baked chicken. Garlic, sea salt, black pepper and Cayenne pepper HEAVILY SEASONED!! Beyonce can only have Pepsi products.

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Britney Spears – Fish and chips, McDonalds cheeseburgers without the buns, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.

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Busta Rhymes – 24 piece Fried Chicken, Rough Rider condoms, Guinness.

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Foo Fighters – Big ass kielbasas that make men feel self conscious.

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Marilyn Manson – Gummi bears.

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New Kids on the Block – Haagen Das ice cream, Oreo cookies.

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Prince – coffee and tea set up (include honey, lemon, sugar, cream, fresh ginger root), physician will be used to administer a B-12 injection.

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Billy idol – 1 tub ‘I can’t believe it’s not butter,’ Pepperidge farms Soft Baked Nantucket chocolate chip cookies.

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