The Smoking Gun has finally unearthed a copy of the 1982 Van Halen World Tour rider containing the legendary “brown M&M” prohibition:
The document, which we’ve excerpted below, also stipulated that promoters provide the group with “herring in sour cream,” four cases of “Schlitz Malt Liquor beer (16 ounce cans),” and a total of eight bottles of wine and liquor. Oh, and the band also needed “One (1) large tube KY Jelly.” The rider’s “Munchies” section was where the group made its candy-with-a-caveat request: “M & M’s (WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES).”
This is the Holy Grail of backstage concert riders.
The Smoking Gun has added a bunch of new backstage riders to its already impressive collection. You can tell a lot about a person by what they like to drink. Or, in this case, what kind of champagne they demand:
• Rage Against the Machine: 2 x bottle Dom Perignon Moet et Chandon champagne
• Bjork: 1 bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne
• AKON: 1 bottle of Ace of Spade Brute Champagne; 1 bottle of Cristal Champagne
• Daughtry: 1 case of Michelob ultra
• M.I.A.: 1 bottle (750ml) of Ketel One Vodka
• Taylor Swift: 1 Bottle Welch’s Grape Juice
• Vanessa Hudgens: 6 pack of Gatorade
• Rihanna: Trish McEvoy Blueberry Candle or something comparable
Rage against the cheap bubbles!
Not sure who writes the Foo Fighters‘ concert rider, but the author is a funny motherfucker:
**ALSO-let’s try to think outside the box as we consider the CHICKEN BREAST. A bunch of lightly cooked chicken breasts with goo on them are not fun, not exciting and definitely not going to GET YOU A HUG FROM OUR BASS PLAYER, NATE. (He’s the real people person, not the guy from Nirvana).
From their videos, it’s obvious Dave Grohl and his crew have great senses of humor. And this is the funniest rider we’ve seen since Iggy and the Stooges Concert Rider in 2006. Come on, famous bands, get with it: bring the funny!
Iggy Pop’s hilarious concert rider – 18 pages of rock and roll zaniness. “The Stooges do try to give their audience a great show, but I think there is nothing more soul-destroying than to see a band on stage surrounded by cameramen and their assistants scurrying about like sabre weilding hobbits.”
Backstage With Gnarls Barkley – Duo’s concert rider includes Magnum condoms, Swisher Sweets blunts, Hennessy, Grey Goose, and socks.
The Smoking Gun has scans of the backstage riders for loads of musicians and entertainers. Funny stuff.