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Justin Bieber’s Mumbai backstage demands raise eyebrows

Justin Bieber reportedly has demands for a Rolls Royce throughout his stay, a ping pong table, playstation and to incorporate Mogul paintings, antique furniture and signature Kashimiri bedroom linen in his suite.

Canadian singer Justin Bieber. Sarah Dea / The National
Canadian singer Justin Bieber. Sarah Dea / The National

Justin Bieber’s concert in India on May 10 will not only be remembered for being the first time the Canadian pop star performs in the country but for a tour rider that reportedly has demands for a Rolls Royce throughout his stay, a ping pong table, playstation and sofa set flown in for him and a redesign of his suite to incorporate Mogul paintings, antique furniture and signature Kashimiri bedroom linen.

A tour rider of the Grammy award-winning star before his performance in Mumbai has gone viral. The details of the rider, which has not been verified by the artist’s management, were tweeted by a music journalist in India according to The Telegraph.

The two-page rider details all the wants of the star, whose millions of young fans are called Beliebers.

His demands, according to the document, include a convoy of 10 luxury sedans and two Volvo buses that will be at the disposal of the artist and his entourage of 120 people, a Rolls Royce, and high level security from the Maharashtra Police force.

The singers favourite items, like a ping pong table, IO Hawk, washing machine, wardrobe cupboard and massage table for backstage will arrive in 10 containers before he arrives.

The five star hotel will have to revamp his suit and convert three floors into a private villa setting. and make them more regal with Mogul paintings, antique furniture and purple carnations. He has also asked for a special licensed female masseuse to be flown in from Kerala during his four-day visit.

The promoters have been asked to keep a private jet and chopper on stand-by for his travel needs in India.

The star won’t eat anything but vegetables seasoned with ranch sauce, diced fruit, organic bananas and seedless grapes. His snacks must include a deli platter of organic turkey, lettuce, colby and provolone cheese, black olives, as well as green and banana peppers.

The list that was leaked online is exhaustive, but isn’t unprecedented. Think Madonna with her 200-person entourage of personal chefs, yoga instructors, bodyguards, 20 international phone lines and roses cut to precisely six inches. Or Katy Perry’s 45-page rider that has everything from two cream-coloured egg chairs to ornate French lamps in her room. ​

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