Most people remember hearing about Van Halen's absurdly particular request for no brown M&Ms in the backstage area of their shows. If any brown M&Ms were found, the promoter would have to forfeit the entire show at full pay. Today, people can finally rest easy because David Lee Roth is shedding some light on this mystery of grandiose proportions! During the 80s, Van Halen was putting on, as Roth describes quite simply, "Super forward-thinking, gigantour, epic-sized Van Halen productions." Setting the shows up could've taken up to, "Six, eight, seven(?), nine hours." Promoters were required to read a contract and keep track of all of the equipment moving in and out of each venue. Van Halen's contract was a bit bigger than most bands, though, and safety was becoming an issue. To keep promoters on their toes, Van Halen added this tiny little clause to the contract (a pretty smart idea). So there you have it! These guys weren't a rich, snobby band after all-- They were a rich, cautious band!
Here's David Lee Roth explaining the situation: