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Posted: 1/5/2012 9:20:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2012 9:21:03 PM EDT by raven]
Listening to the radio, I heard the story behind rocker David Lee Roth’s notorious insistence that Van Halen’s contracts with concert promoters contain a clause specifying that a bowl of M&M’s has to be provided backstage, but with every single brown candy removed, upon pain of forfeiture of the show, with full compensation to the band. And at least once, Van Halen followed through, peremptorily cancelling a show in Colorado when Roth found some brown M&M’s in his dressing room. This turned out to be, however, not another example of the insane demands of power-mad celebrities but an ingenious ruse.

As Roth explained in his memoir, Crazy from the Heat, "Van Halen was the first band to take huge productions into tertiary, thirdlevel markets.

We’d pull up with nine 18-wheeler trucks, full of gear, where the standard was three trucks, max. And there were many, many technical errors — whether it was the girders couldn’t support the weight, or the flooring would sink in, or the doors weren’t big enough to move thegear through. The contract rider read like a version of the Chinese Yellow Pages because there was so much equipment, and so many human beings to make it function.” So just as a little test, buried somewhere in the middle of the rider, would be article 126, the no-brown-M&M’s clause. "When I would walk backstage, if I saw a brown M&M in that bowl,” he wrote, "well, we’d line-check the entire production. Guaranteed you’re going to arrive at a technical error… Guaranteed you’d run into a problem.” These weren’t trifles, the radio story pointed out. The mistakes could be lifethreatening. In Colorado, the band found the local promoters had failed to read the weight requirements and the staging would have fallen through the arena


Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:29:10 PM EDT
HAMMANA ZEEMENA MEEMENA ZOT HAMMANNA HEEEMANA BEEMANA BOP

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:32:04 PM EDT
Sammy was better.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:32:29 PM EDT
That's brilliant!

Clever lawmakers should start doing that shit, too.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:34:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BakerMike:
That's brilliant!

Clever lawmakers should start doing that shit, too.

They won't even let us read the bills before they vote any more.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:35:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BUCC_Guy:
Sammy was better.


yea when he was with Montrose...now he sucks.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:35:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:35:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BakerMike:
That's brilliant!

Clever lawmakers should start doing that shit, too.


Buried on page 2000... "The Chief Sponsor of this bill shall have a threesome with the Olson twins under a full moon..."
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:38:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Originally Posted By BakerMike:
That's brilliant!

Clever lawmakers should start doing that shit, too.


Buried on page 2000... "The Chief Sponsor of this bill shall have a threesome with the Olson twins under a full moon..."

I've never considered running for office before but...
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:39:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raven:

Originally Posted By BakerMike:
That's brilliant!

Clever lawmakers should start doing that shit, too.

They won't even let us read the bills before they vote any more.


Well, you can't tell whats in it, until it passes...
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:39:54 PM EDT
All the touring bands I know use tour riders as a way to see exactly what they can get away with.
We just had Megadeth in the store and they had a pretty extensive list of things. In the end, all they really cared about was water and starbucks.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:08:33 PM EDT
Iggy Pop's thoroughly entertaining rider: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/backstage/arena-rock/iggy-pop
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:12:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raven:
They won't even let us read the bills before they vote any more.


That's the idea.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 10:24:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2012 10:24:28 PM EDT by avslash]
Originally Posted By BUCC_Guy:
Sammy was better.


I like Sammy. I really do. Van Hagar was even more directly in tune with my age cohort than Diamond Dave.

That said., you need to gently set down the crack pipe and slowly back away.....
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 11:26:44 PM EDT
Damn, that's pretty slick.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 11:33:25 PM EDT
Sounds like bull shit.
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