Madonna’s tour rider includes a 200-person entourage & 20 internat’l phone lines

These are some new photos from Madonna’s tour stops in Milan and Florence, Italy over the past few days. So far, it doesn’t seem like Madonna is going to do much more than the occasional nip-slip or butt-cheek-revealsome outlets have her flashing her ass yet again on stage in Milan. Is it just me or are Madge’s costumes kind of boring? It feels like she’s doing some lukewarm repeats of looks we’ve already seen a dozen times before. I guess the gun is new…? Or has she had gunplay in her stage show before? Madge is so ridiculous… it’s not about age, it’s not about her crazy face, it’s that she really doesn’t have anything NEW to add to the conversation, right?

Anyway, reports about Madonna’s rider for this MDNA tour have been circulating. Apparently, Madonna likes to make a lot of international phone calls… all at once. Like, she’ll call London, New York, Toronto, Tokyo and Sydney ALL AT ONCE.

She hit headlines after flashing her nipple and her bottom while performing on stage. And if reports are to be believed Madonna’s diva demands are more outrageous than her exhibitionism. The 53-year-old singer’s rider includes all sorts of extravagant conditions as she performs her MDNA tour, according to reports.

According to In Touch magazine Madonna travels with a huge 200-person entourage and has very specific requirements to the way her dressing rooms are set up. A source tells the magazine: ‘She requires all furniture be removed from the rooms and replaced with her own pieces that she has shipped in.’

It is claimed the singer demands 20 international phone lines in the room as well as special white and pink roses that must have the stems cut to six inches. Backstage, it’s strictly vegan snacks.

As well as all this the singer is also said to demand special fabric for her room. An insider tells In Touch, “She requires all furniture be removed from the rooms and replaced with her own pieces that she has shipped in.”

A source told the Daily Star: ‘Madonna has probably the longest list of requirements of any of the world’s music stars. She expects things to be just right or it puts her off her stage show.’

Within the 200-strong team she is said to have 30 bodyguards, a yoga instructor as well as personal chefs, an acupuncturist and an on-site dry-cleaner.

[From The Mail & In Touch Weekly]

The 20 international lines I don’t really understand unless it’s the rider for EVERYONE on the tour, backup dancers, crew, managers, etc. If it’s for everyone, that’s nice – everyone can call home and check in. But if it’s just for Madonna – there is no reason for one woman to need 20 phone lines all at once.

As for the other stuff – I believe it. The roses cut to a certain length just seems like something Madge-tastic. Vegan snacks are fine – compared to Britney’s rider, the idea that Madonna is still so conscious of her diet is kind of amazing. I also understand traveling with a yoga instructor, a dry-cleaner (cleaning the costumes must be a task and a half) and a chef. I don’t understand why a hotel’s furniture wouldn’t be good enough, though. Why spend all of that money to travel around with your own furniture everywhere? Hotel cooties? Is that it? “Hotel cooties.”

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Ella says:

    20 international phone lines?? Is this her rider from 1987? Surely more likely to be some broadband connection points?
    I love Madonna but that photo where her boobs are jammed up is just plain gross!

  2. paola says:

    I was at her concert on saturday night..and after the show 7 people from her entourage went to a club and ‘forgot’ to pay the 1250 euro bill. when the owner of the club followed them to their hotel to get his money they said they are never asked to pay wherever they go because they work for Madonna! The management gave the owner half of the money they owed him and told him to GTFO.
    Unbelievable these people are.

  3. Snowflake says:

    hang it up, madonna! time for you to retire! plese. i can’t look at that gristle anymore.

  4. Cherry says:

    Must be nice to travel around with you own furniture. That way, you bring a piece of home with you to your hotel room. I know it’s outrageous, but this is Madonna. She’s done god knows how many world-wide concert tours already. I get it: when I was 18, I loved new places, strange hotel rooms and the exitement of travelling. Now that I’m older, I just miss my own stuff when I’m away. And Madonna’s over 20 years older than me and travelled WAY more. And she has millions. Why wouldn’t she make sure she’s as comfortable as can be while she’s on the road?

  5. lucy2 says:

    I guess she’s never heard of the newfangled invention called a cell phone?

    Looking at those photos, I’m so embarrassed for her children.

  6. Jayna says:

    Good. Lots of people ate employed because of her. The stadiums were sold out. Adonna is something right.

  7. samira677 says:

    Considering she’s traveling with dozens of trucks for her concert equipment I doubt taking her furniture is a big deal moneywise. Those Dateline exposes on hotel furniture creeps me out so if I could take my own furniture I would do it too. Does she really need 30 bodyguards? Yoga instructors, chefs, etc is nothing new but 200 people?

  8. cupidityrox! says:

    The question on everyone’s lips is when is she gonna retire? Her antics are becoming more desperate. Surely she’s made enough money by now to retire & still be comfortable..

  9. Claire says:

    Oh god, her face is starting to resemble the ones of Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn at the end of Death becomes her.

  10. mwa says:

    Her face is becoming manly big and wide.

  11. Trish says:

    ugh….sitting with her legs spread like she is sexy?… class up, and put it all away. we get it already, you’re in great physical shape, but you are NOT in your 30s any longer…it’s just plain creepy to see a menopausal woman being raunchy…….

  12. Kittypants says:

    All I see in the top photo is pasty gristle.

  13. Tifygodess24 says:

    So basically if something like her roses end up 7 inches instead of 6, she will be off her show for the night? Seriously? I can’t even with this Hag, her pretentiousness is sickening.

  14. Adrien says:

    Madonna spent her lifetime obsessing about staying young but as you can see, she can’t fight nature. Her body looks great…for a 53 year old. It’s fit yet it’s still not younger looking than the average 50-ish slacker.
    I admire her for staying fit instead of abusing her body with drugs and alcohol but at the same time I feel bad for her. There was this nasty Daily Mail photo where her butt was sticking out of her short shorts and I wanted to give her a virtual hug.

  15. Just U says:

    She has worked hard enough and earned enough money to sleep in her own bed and have fresh flowers. Not really a big deal. She is employing a lot of people and paying a lot of wages, so why not?

  16. Dani says:

    I can’t imagine taking my furniture everywhere. Wouldn’t she then be giving all of her furniture “hotel cooties?” Yuck!

  17. ladybert62 says:

    She is certainly in love with herself and her body parts.

  18. StopItLuke says:

    I think people are making out like Madonna has 200 servants running around after her while in fact most of those people are people working behind the scenes of the tour which is a massive operation.
    As for the furniture maybe she just likes to feel like she’s at home rather than in a hotel, she does have her children with her too and when the tour is set to rake in $500m i doubt the cost is a bother.
    As for the phone lines they’re probably for people to use and to do with business.
    Some of her costumes are meant to be reminiscent of the videos so that’s why they seem familiar. People can dislike Madonna as a person all they want and they can dislike her latest (crap) album but her tours are always AMAZING, she is the Queen without a doubt.

  19. Anna says:

    She’s had gun stuff before, as far as I can recall. The only new thing is that cheerleader monstrosity, which is completely dismal and ages her 30 years (which I’m guessing was not her intent). How come some people class up when they get older in the music industry and she gets crazier and sluttier every day? Maybe sitting at a wooden picnic table with a real hamburger and her 20 billion phones switched off would actually help, instead of this self-involved, too-good-for-you, vegan crap.

    • mayamae says:

      What in the world has being vegan have to do with anything? I will not defend Madonna but I sure as hell will defend vegans. It takes hard work and dedication to be a vegan. As usual the vegetarian – haters think everything will be better if you eat meat. Give me a break.

  20. Jackie O says:

    she looks awful. so sad when women desperately try to stay young.

    it’s one thing she can’t control. it obviously drives her nuts.

  21. maria says:

    The show for me was a disappointment!
    Sure she dances around a lot, but the theme was dark and she is so arrogant; she really believes she’s this great intellectual… the way she sang “Like a virgin” was awful: it’s just a pop song, you can sing it really slowly.. but it won’t add any meaning or deepness to it!
    Chill Madonna, just let us dance to your popsongs

  22. Jaded says:

    She looks utterly pathetic in those photos….I actually felt sorry for her for about a half a second, then I slapped myself and went back to my usual reaction of loathing and disgust. I need to go wash my eyes out now, too bad I can’t wash my brain.

  23. Hello kitty says:

    I want to hate on Madge, but I just can’t. I went to her concert in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago and she blew me away. Her new music isn’t fab but she worked her A$$ off on stage. I have never seen a performer go so balls out for two hours in +45c heat. Strange or demanding as she may be, she still puts on an incredible show and works hard to please her fans. Gotta respect that!

    • Jayna says:

      My friend was in Italy and said it was flat-out amazing. She said Madonna spent a fortune on the stage show, no skimping, and said her energy was amazing. I can’t wait to see it. And she performed in the massive humidity and heat with no AC on stage at your venue. I don’t know how she did it. I would have passed out.

      Was the intro and opening song performance as fantastic as it looks?

      • Hello kitty says:

        The intro was a bit “dark” for my taste. Lots of religious connotations, guns, violence, etc. I enjoyed it more when she moved into some of her older, more pop-inspired music. That said, I haven’t followed her music in the last few years, s I might have been more into it if I was more familiar with her current album. It was really spectacular though – she danced HARD for two hours straight. Once she got past the initial dark stuff, the crowd picked up and the show had great energy through to the end.

      • paola says:

        i was at her concert on saturday night in Florence, 45.000 people, she was late, more than 1 hour..which was really annoying because it was really hot and we had Martin Solveig at 8pm and then nothing for 1 hour and 15 minutes..but when she arrived on stage..the energy was amazing and it seemed like the stadium was going to explode! She was dancing non stop for almost 2 hours and the end of the show on the Celebration song it was so crazy it gave me goosebumps!!! I loved Madonna back in the days..i like the old songs but she really surprised me and i was blown away by the amazing show she and her cast have put on. The dancers are freakin amazing and she might be old and with not such a great voice but damn that was good!!

  24. Heavenbound says:

    She looks like a sexed up Grandma! I don’t care how much she has taken care of her body, the signs of aging just show. I am frankly astonished that for all the exercise she does her ass still looks saggy ( go the DM to see pics). And also in her face, gravity does not lie folks!

  25. Skinnybetch says:

    She’ll still be doing this at 75. She must either truly love performing or her gigantic ego keeps her from retiring and fading into oblivion. I admire her ambition though. . .

  26. ramona says:

    I know a band that used to travel with their own regulation-size ping-pong table. They wouldn’t go on unless they could have a ping-pong competition at any moment.

  27. Ravensdaughter says:

    Madonna looks like a grandma in Halloween costumes! When is someone going to tell her how ridiculous (disgusting) she looks in her costumes?
    She should follow the footsteps of Marlene Dietrich into old age. I know that she borrowed from her heavily in one of her incarnations-the crotch grabbing days (Dietrich wore pants way back, but she did not grab her crotch, thank God..) .
    Dietrich battled old age as well. Apparently when she did engagements in her 70′s she braided her real hair very tight and yanked it back into a bun for a DIY face lift-and then wore wigs and age defying gowns. I remember her appearances from my childhood. It was a complete illusion, but it worked.
    Madonna just must realize she can’t take Photoshop with her on the road…

  28. Esmom says:

    I’m no Madonna fan…but what about Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler and even Sir Paul to a certain extent?

    Those guys are just as bad as far as trying to cling to their youth and heydays, yet they don’t seem to get called out on it as much as Madonna does.

  29. aud says:

    whenever i see pics of her, I feel so bad for her daughter

    i would be so embarrassed

  30. Mara says:

    Modanna is a very disgusting woman hate her so much and she is not that talented .

  31. mayamae says:

    Travelling with your own furniture sounds ridiculous except for the epidemic of bed bugs which can be found in even the finest hotels. Like a poster upthread, I don’t like to even walk barefoot in hotel rooms.

    I used to “accidentally” spill water all over the bedspreads so they would need to be changed. Then you hear that even the blankets aren’t changed for each guest. Changing bedspreads only works in the laid back spring break types of locale. I tried it once in New York and it took 12 hours to change. They’re too smart for that trick.;)

    No I’m not a bitch to hotel staff in general – I tip well. I’m just an RN who has seen too many blue light images of hotel bedspreads. I don’t relish sleeping on other people’s semen, blood, vomit, etc.

    • Jayna says:

      My friend is an airline pilot. She has gotten bedbugs from an upscale hotel. She always tells me she wishes she could have her own bed and things around. Madonna makes these venues and promoters a ton of money. So what? She’s toured for 30 years. 200 people are making money in a bad economy.

  32. phlyfiremama says:

    I am a Licensed Acupuncturist (TX) and nationally certified. I would LOVE to be part of an entourage like that~ (I’m looking at YOU, BrangeLina!!!) I am ex military & previously had a top secret clearance, so if you know anyone looking for a travelling Healthcare practicioner…;)

  33. Kim says:

    Whats most shocking to me is that people actually pay to see this woman in concert!

    That said she has the money to have the furniture replaced and hotel furniture and beds are nasty. Thousands of peoples DNA all over – yuck! I dont blame her.

  34. skuddles says:

    Two hundred people to manage the needs of one Madonna? Yep, that sounds about right.

  35. blonde on the dock says:

    Guessing from some of the comments on here several of you will be getting poodle cuts and wearing flowered polyester dresses after thirty? I’d rather be like Madonna and say F U to old age. Good for her!

    • Nev says:


      and don’t forget heading to the old age homes…and never having sex or feeling sexual…or being an artist performing…only gardening, and knitting circles and playing cards at the library….and never showing any rebellion and always acting like a proper 1950′s housewife.

      everything is only for their kids and their approval and acceptance…

      gotta act their age these women.

    • Minty says:

      So these are your options for women over 30, two extremes? Really?

      Funny, because Tina Turner is 72 and still sexy. She doesn’t need to grab her crotch or show off cameltoe while onstage.

      Sophia Loren, at 77(!), is still rockin’ low-cut, tight slinky dresses, not flowered polyester ones.

      Raquel Welch, 71, owns her sexuality, but keeps it classy.

      Same with Susan Sarandon (65), Christie Brinkley (58) and Michelle Pfeiffer (54).

      All of them older than Madonna, and none of them try-hards resorting to the type of crude, attention-getting behavior you’d expect from 20-year-olds. Madonna is desperate.

      • Jayna says:

        Madonna is a popstar who can be controversial at times in concert. That’s who she is. Some have never liked her fot it no matter any age. Just like the actresses you mentioned might be a different way on stage for a role. I guess you approved of Madonna off stage for her movie premieres in long dresses and skirt to her knees. She looked downright sophisticated and stunning in almost every outfit this past year. Since her forties Madonna has always “off stage” dressed age appropriate actually, save a rare moment here or there over the last 14 years. Do I like everything Madonna does? Hell, no. But I do understand she has never been a Celine Dion standing on stage or just a singer doing a little dancing. By the way, I have heard people diss Tina Turner for how she dresses in mini dresses and acts and shakes on stage in her sixties, now seventies. That she should act her age on stage. Tina herself has said her behavior on stage embarrasses her, because it’s not how she is off stage, that it’s a persona almost. I’m glad she doesn’t listen to those people and still was rocking mini dresses and shaking it in her late sixties when I saw her.

        Comparing popstar Madonna to actresses in their 70s is kind of silly Madonna is 23 to 27 years younger than Raquel and Sophia. And Raquel Welch looks like a plasticized freak. She looks good but yet so bizarre, pulled so tight. She had more lines at 40.

      • Nev says:

        my response was tongue-in-cheek.

        all those women never ever did Madonna antics because they were different than her.

        she was the one who pushed through so Rihanna, Britney and the like could come up all sexual and free in their performances.

        let her perform…so what if its not proper and classy?

        if you need that go to Celine Dion.

        sexuality is relative…some like a classier style, some like raunch and an in-your-face attitude.

        classy is not and really has never been her style ever.

      • Minty says:

        I almost forgot: the great Iman, Somali supermodel.

        She’s 56, sexy, confident, and fierce as ever. Madonna could learn a thing or two (or three) from Iman.

      • Minty says:

        You don’t get it. Tina, Sophia, and Raquel are perfect examples of women decades older than Madonna who know how to stay sexy and confident without hanging it up and without try-hard antics. Christie, Michelle, and Iman are close to Madonna’s age and they’re handling it better. There’s nothing silly with my comparisons. And Tina perfomed during more conservative times – she was criticized without ever baring a breast or rubbing her crotch.

        “And Raquel Welch looks like a plasticized freak.”
        And Madonna doesn’t? This is why I didn’t bring up plastic surgery because nearly everyone in Hollywood does it. The problem is that many celebrities overdo it and don’t know when to quit. At 40, Raquel looked great, wrinkles and everything.

        My response was directed at blonde on the dock, not you. As Jayna already mentioned, Tina Turner did some flashy things in the past. She wasn’t a Celine type of performer – she rocked. But unlike Madonna, she didn’t lower herself to a porn aesthetic. Also, Madonna’s transgressive behavior wasn’t original or groundbreaking. Unrestricted “free” performances like nipple-baring, lingerie-wearing, S&M/Bondage themes were done years before her, by people like Siouxsie Sioux, Nina Hagen, Wendy O. Williams, and Dale Bozzio. Madonna marketed herself better because she’s all about the money (not art) and she’s completely shameless about selling every aspect of herself.

      • Nev says:

        the point of the matter is that she is allowed to do whatever she wants when she is performing!!!

        she is an artist, so what if its a porn asthetic or crass or sleazy?

        you just don’t like her that’s all.
        and it’s okay.

        she already DID it all…bondage, marilyn, street girl, true blue 50′s, hippy ray of light woman, cowgirl, long flowery dresses, dominatrix, disco queen etc

        yes all those other artists acted sexual…sure!!…but she was the one who commercialized it all and became the biggest star in the world.

        she can do whatever she wants.

      • Minty says:


        Yes, she can do whatever she wants. It’s a free country. One of the other perks that come with living in a free country is freedom of speech. I can criticize Madonna however I damn well please.

        She’s a public figure, not a private citizen. She’s always been fame-hungry and regularly puts herself out there for attention and money and feedback.

        What, you think she should be spared while other celebrities get called out for famewhoring? Puh-leeze. Spoken like a true fanatic.

        Yes, she commercialized it all because she’s a businesswoman, not an artist. She’s no longer the biggest star in the world.

        By the way, this idea that Madonna is an originator is a myth. Check out this photographic list of her copying, if you dare:

        No, it’s not a Gaga fansite. And I am not a Gaga fan, either.

      • Nev says:

        now making money and being commercial (to a degree, mind you) or a business woman makes you NOT a artist.

        I can’t win with all this…

        Looks like older women can’t win either. (?)

        she’s still the best though.

      • Minty says:

        “Looks like older women can’t win either. (?)”

        Is your reading comprehension faulty? I listed plenty of celebrity women, Madonna’s generation or older, who “win”: Sophia Loren, Tina Turner, Raquel Welch, Susan Sarandon, Christie Brinkley, Iman, Michelle Pfeiffer… etc.

        You can disagree with me all you want. It doesn’t make a particle of difference in my life. But don’t try to put words in my mouth.


      • blonde on the dock says:

        No actually there are three! I forgot granny panties. Lighten up!

      • Minty says:

        No, blonde, the two extremes I was referring to touched on the concept of polar opposites. On the one end: covering up in polyester tents like an ancient sexless mawmaw. On the other end: dressing in trashy clothing and nipple-baring to get noticed (a la Madonna), like you’re reliving your needy early twenties. Those are the two options you seem to be suggesting. No middle ground in between.

        Please read more carefully. Thanks.

      • blonde on the dock says:

        I know what you meant Minty. I’m just not that interested in getting into a heated debate.

  36. SashaVice says:

    I may be in the minority here but I find it refreshing that she is an older woman performer. Life doesn’t need to end there. The Rolling Stones are rarely told to “hang it up”.

    • Jayna says:

      Funny how everyone has been telling her to be a certain way since she was in her twenties. It has never let up. I wish she didn’t get her cheek implants. While she can be pretty, many times it actually ages her. She should have done her upper eyelids instead as that’s her best feature, and left the natural planes to her face intact, instead of puffing it up. Though, her face does seem better than when she first did it.

      BUT 25,000 to 80,000 in audiences love that she acts exactly like she does. Her last concert wasn’t my favorite, not as artistic. But Madonna’s mixing of older songs and new choreography always makes her stand apart from like Janet still in the same outfits and choreography twenty years later (I do love Janet, though). Many on here will say to the clip below. She was fifty. Act your age. Blah, blah. What I see is a tremendous popstar showing the young’uns how it’s still done, whether it’s sitting singing an Evita song in concert or dancing her buns off to unique choreography.

      Madonna age 50, Vogue mashed with 4 Minutes. The choreography rocks live in concert with the energy of the crowd. Bring on the haters because she’s in a skimpy outifit. She doesn’t care.

  37. Catherine says:

    I grew up loving her, excitedly awaiting each cd, loved to watch her dance, perform, etc. But now she just grosses me out with her hand down her pants, the stripping and acting like a whore, the mock-masturbation sequences; it’s just getting stupid. She needs to find another theme besides the boring sex-kitten.

  38. Rhumboogie says:

    Meemaw Madge is starting to look a lot like Bette Davis in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”.

  39. Kay says:

    But her face… OMG her face.

  40. madpoe says:

    hahaha “hotel cooties”.
    would it be more reasonable to hire a cleaning service team them lug all that furinture around? well, guess you’ve got the moolah.

  41. Str8Shooter says:

    I saw her in concert twice. First time in ’02, she was freakin’ AWESOME! Amazing show, non-stop, a true performance.

    Then I saw her in ’08. OMG. Whenever she came out onstage to ‘sing’ Borderline, she looked, well….BORDERLINE! Cheerleading outfit that made her look like Baby Jane.

    She looks even scarier now. Yikes!