Justin Bieber is all set to perform in India on May 10.
Bieber is performing at the DY Patil Stadium in Nerul, a far-flung suburb on the outskirts of Mumbai.
But unlike other pop-stars who've performed in India, Bieber won't be driven down to the venue. The Baby hit-maker will arrive on the grounds in a chartered chopper as a convoy of 10 luxury sedans (a separate Rolls Royce to be on stand-by just for him) and 2 Volvo buses cruise on the roads below, according to Bombay Times.
Because why the hell not.
While you may discount these demands as standard superstar protocol, or straight-up indulgence, don't mistake Bieber for a narcissist musician hellbent on living a hedonistic life. The other demands he's laid out are almost basic in nature, to the point that I believe that the promoters should have taken care of, without him having to ask for it.
What's a mega star if he has to ask for it?
For instance, Bieber is shipping out a ping pong table, a Playstation, IO HAWK, a sofa set, washing machine, refrigerator, cupboard and a massage table with him.
Essential stuff. Would I be okay with a locally-manufactured refrigerator storing my imported Vitamin water? Nope.
Besides these, two 5-star hotels in Mumbai have been booked for him and his team. Why 2 you ask?
Because 2 5-stars hotels are, any day, better than 1, stupid.
You need to confuse the hell out of creepy fans who'd camp outside your hotel.
Also, maybe to avoid a Kim Kardashian-like hostage situation.
All the hotels (3 floors on each, with a designated elevator only for him and crew), have been asked to 'remodel' their suites. Since it's India, suites will feature Mughal paintings, antique furniture and signature Kashmiri bedroom linen. His room will have purple carnations, (purple is his favourite colour) but lilies are a strict no-no (that's not the shade of purple Bieber likes)
That's not all. That's hardly all.
A trained masseuse will be especially flown in from Kerala for the star. Requests also include 100 hangers, cans of wild berries, vanilla room fresheners and hydrating lip balms.
These don't account for backstage arrangements.
According to the leaked rider, Bieber has asked for 13 rooms that will be stocked with silverware, fresh flowers, scented candles, vitamin water, coconut water, and almond milk. There'll also be a Jacuzzi installed for him to unwind before he goes onstage. Throw in an 'Indian yoga casket' stuffed full of aromatic oils.
Bieber's dressing room will be entirely draped with white curtains. He has also asked for a large glass-door refrigerator, clothing shelves, eight power outlets and 12 white handkerchiefs.
After the report appeared in Bombay Times, HuffPost reached out to the promoters for a comment. One of them, on condition of anonymity, said, "It's accurate more or less. Other than one thing."
Surely, there was an exaggeration somewhere, I knew it.
*"We have booked not two but three 5-star hotels."
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