Adele tour rider demands beer, cigarettes and chocolate
Adele demands a mandatory donation to charity for complimentary tickets, but isn't fond of American beer, according to a leaked tour rider.
The document, published on US website The Smoking Gun, contains three pages of requests that the singer has passed to venues on her North American tour.
The entire first page is devoted to the singer's insistence that a charity donation be paid – "at Adele's personal request" – to British bereavement-support charity SANDS.
It says: "All guests at all Adele shows will be asked for a minimum donation to charity of $20.00 per person, in cash, when they collect their tickets. There will be no exception to this rule."
"On our recent UK and European Tour we raised over $13,000 from donations made by guests and we hope to continue this good work in North America."
Elsewhere, the modest requests for her dressing room include a bottle of the "very best quality red wine" and a pack of Marlboro Lights cigarettes – despite her only recently having surgery to correct a throat complaint.
After the show, the rider stipulates that the 23-year-old's personal tour bus must be stocked with 12 bottles of "best quality European lager beer". The closest thing in the document to a diva-ish outburst is a disclaimer which clarifies: "North American beer is NOT acceptable”. Her band and crew buses, however, can make do with "good quality local lager".
Adele's tour bus must also have a selection of "bite-size chocolate bars", six cereal bars ("in individual wrappers"), and a box of "best quality organic muesli" on-board, while her dressing room should contain chewing gum, tea and honey.
The distinctly unfussy list is a far cry from some of the more entertaining rock and roll tour riders. US rockers Van Halen are reported to have requested bowls of M&M chocolates with all the brown ones removed on one tour, while Iggy and the Stooges once stipulated that an assortment of cauliflower and broccoli should be "cut into individual florets and thrown immediately into the garbage”.
More recently, the Foo Fighters rider for their tour to support recent album "Wasting Light" was a 52-page tongue-in-cheek mini-encyclopaedia of bizarre requests and rambling advice – including their own handy recipe for ice.