who’s removing your brown m&ms?

I just read an interesting entry at Van Halen News Desk (originally posted by Fast Company). Back in the 70s, during VH’s early heyday, the band was notorious for a single line in its contract rider: a bowl of M&Ms with the brown ones removed. Sounds like a silly, almost petulant demand, right?

In reality, this demand had ulterior motives. Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth explains it all here: Business Advice From Van Halen

The moral of this story: who’s looking out for you to make sure your demands are being met? Who’s got your best interest in mind, right down to the smallest of details? That’s sort of what we do in public relations. We make sure the brown M&Ms aren’t in the candy dish. Betcha never thought David Lee Roth would be your business consultant.

Here’s the source material from Fast Company.

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