Pharrell is a cool dude. Carl Sagan was a cool dude. And if there's one thing we know about cool dudes, it's that they love having framed photos of other cool dudes around.
The Smoking Gun got ahold of Pharrell's concert rider. It has a lot of standard items you see on concert riders — Patron, raw almonds, Throat Coat tea, etc. But then, it lists "1 Framed Picture of Carl Sagan." In fact, it lists it twice:
This actually isn't totally new news. Pharrell himself told Today back in June that he requests the photo, and gave this explanation:
"I watched ‘Cosmos’ as a child and I was always blown away by (Sagan’s) mind and the way he thought,” the singer explained. “When I look at that picture I realize how lucky we all are ... to be on this planet and be able to do what we love to do every day. Seeing Carl’s face reminds me of it.”
Well, that's sincere and sweet. But if it's that important, why doesn't he carry his own portrait of Carl Sagan around? Does he enjoy seeing what frame and picture each venue chooses? Does he have a phobia of carrying photographs? Tell us, Pharrell!