The Smoking Gun has finally tracked down a copy of the most infamous band rider of all time: Van Halen's "No Brown M&Ms" rider.
While the underlined rider entry has often been described as an example of rock
excess, the outlandish demand of multimillionaires, the group has said the
M&M provision was included to make sure that promoters had actually read its
lengthy rider. If brown M&M's were in the backstage candy bowl, Van Halen
surmised that more important aspects of a performance--lighting, staging,
security, ticketing--may have been botched by an inattentive promoter.
I knew those guys from Van Halen were brilliant.
Hat tip Sullivan.