Like the Constitution or a giant piece of moon rock, Beyonce is a national treasure that must be handled with care and stored under very particular conditions to prevent degradation. And in Bey’s case, we have some insight into her exact specifications based on tour rider information acquired by Australia’s news.com.au. Among King B’s more interesting demands on the Mrs. Carter World Tour: $900 worth of titanium straws for drinking “special alkaline water” which is served at exactly 21 degrees Celsius (roughly 70 degrees Fahrenheit), a “hand-carved ice-ball to suck after every performance to cool her throat” and a crew decked out in 100% pure cotton (probably to reduce allergens).
Those aforementioned details have the purpose of preserving/rejuvenating Bey’s vocal cords, and when your voice is your livelihood, really there’s no limit to the absurd lengths you should take. Kind of like star athletes who sleep in hyperbaric chambers. We’re all for that stuff.
As for Bey’s non-voice requirements, there’s some fun to be had.
For example, she reportedly demands her dressing rooms be outfitted with off-white walls (sure!), red toilet paper (weird!) and a new toilet seat (actually, quite normal! Who knows which grimy rock band was in there the prior night.). She also bans junk food and insists a spread of almonds, oatcakes and green-only vegetables. Man, there must be hell to pay for the poor sap who accidentally buys red veggies and green TP.
Considering Beyonce is one of the most famous people in the world, this rider isn’t too unreasonable. It’s not even that extravagant when you compare it to her husband: Jay-Z is bringing along a personal cigar-roller on his Legends of the Summer tour with Justin Timberlake.