Sweat the small stuff & brown M&Ms

We often hear about the fact that the devil is in the detail – and it so often is.  But Van Halen took that to new extremes in their tours, with the rather extravagant request on their rider for a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones removed.  And if any were left, then all hell would break loose.

Now this may seem like rock n roll gone mad, but the reality is that this seemingly trivial request actually played a much more practical role – to ensure that venues were fulfilling their responsibilities when putting on a Van Halen show.  If venues couldn’t handle this simple request, how could they possibly manage the smooth running and safety of a show?

David Lee Roth goes into more detail here:

So, sweat the small stuff – it can do more damage than it’s size would hint at.


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