UNITED STATES—Do you have a weird superstition you do before doing something big or important? Do you have a lucky pen you use for every exam? Or do you wear a special pair of pants to every interview to get the job? Well, you are not alone. A lot of people have weird rituals they believe will bring luck – or other good things – to whatever it is they’re doing next.
Some of the best names in the entertainment and sports industries also have these rituals. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the weirdest rituals of your favorite celebrities.
The English rock band Led Zeppelin has brought us some major hits, including Stairway to Heaven and Kashmir. They are also known for their slightly eccentric performances, which is why you would expect the rock band to have a bizarre pre-show ritual of some kind. As it turns out, the band’s pre-show routine involves sitting around a table and having a cup of coffee together.
Robert Plant, however, always asks for something peculiar. The lead singer of the band requires a designated area be set up for ironing his shirt. This is a ritual that he does before every show.
Katy Perry is not really the first name that comes to mind when it comes to eccentric behaviors, but she has some very peculiar pre-show rituals nonetheless. She loves fresh pink flowers and always insists on having arrangements of pink flowers, white roses and purple hydrangeas.
She is also famous for weird backstage requests (or riders) that must be fulfilled by the host of the show or the promotor. The list includes a white orchid (still going with the flower theme) and no carnations.
Mary J. Blige
We can’t talk about weird rituals of celebrities without talking about Mary J. Blige. Last year, a tour rider was leaked – or published, according to some sources. The list revealed some very specific demands that you will not believe.
For starters, the makeup room and backstage areas must have humidifiers. She also asked for six cans of Diet Dr. Pepper, two packs of Mentos and two Aveda Candles. She also insisted on having bath-sized towels – ten of them to be exact – and various other specific items.
Serena Williams is one of the most accomplished tennis players of our time. She has a net worth of $75 million and has been ranked No. 1 on six different occasions. Let’s not forget that she has also won a whopping total of 22 major tournaments and double titles.
There is one particular ritual that she does whenever she’s on a winning streak. She keeps wearing the same pair of socks for luck, and she never washes them.
Sammy Farha is a professional poker player who has won multiple WSOP (World Series of Poker) titles and has a net worth of over $100 million. He regularly plays other professionals like Daniel Negreanu and of course Doyle Brunson. It is worth noting that Sammy is not a smoker, but he always has an unlit cigarette in his mouth when playing poker.
So, what do you think? Are your weird rituals weirder than these celebrities? Let us know in the comments section below.