'Van Halen' on Serious Eats

Van Halen Tour Rider: Absolutely No Brown M&Ms

The Smoking Gun has unearthed a copy of an infamous 1982 Van Halen world tour rider. As the site explains, it's like the Holy Grail of tour riders, in that the brown M&M ban had heretofore been hearsay. Now there's proof. Along with the M&M stipulation: Herring in sour creamFour cases Schlitz malt liquor beer (16 ounce cans)A total of eight bottles of wine and liquorOne (1) case Country Time lemonadeM&M's (WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES) According to the Smoking Gun, "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,... More

Van Halen Lyrics on Cheese Packaging

If Van Halen wasn't talkin' 'bout love in their 1978 hit song, maybe they had cheese on the brain? On this plastic container of cheese chunks found by our friend Homesick Texan at a New York market, the band's famous lyrics appear above the barcode. "I've been to the edge, and there I stood and looked down / lost a lot of friends there, baby, I got no time to mess around." Clearly, the lyrics refer to the edge of the grocery aisle, where they lost their pals after buying feta. The song was known for being very raw; much like this "assorted" pack of uncooked cheese.... More

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