Have you heard the story about Van Halen and Brown M&Ms?
As the story famously goes, 80’s rock band Van Halen (feel free to listen to “Right Now” while reading this article) had a line in their incredibly detailed contract from their tour in 1982 (the list of things they expect to have at every concert) that required they have a bowl of M&Ms in the green room… and there were to be NO brown M&Ms in that bowl.
For years everyone assumed that was just a crazy band making crazy demands (like in Airheads), simply because they could. In fact, there was a show in which they found brown M&Ms in their bowl and reportedly refused to play and trashed the dressing room!
What a bunch of asshole rockstars, right?
It turns out, there was a calculated method to this madness, and it might make you think you need a brown M&M clause in your life.
How you do anything is how you do everything
In Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth’s autobiography, he talks about why his band had the brown M&M clause in their band’s …