Josh Linkner: A lesson [in bad research]

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October 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm Quote #30318


Josh Linkner: A lesson from David Lee Roth
Oct. 21, 2013 3:15 PM
Written by Josh Linkner

David Lee Roth, the legendary lead singer for the band Van Halen, was the poster child for 1980s excess.He was chastised in the news media for demanding only blue M&M’s in his dressing room, the obvious sign of a narcissistic diva.

While his ego may have been the size of the stadiums he rocked, the M&M’s rule had nothing do to with self-aggrandizement. It was a business smoke detector.

Deep in the 100-plus page contracts, Roth included the clause about blue M&M’s as a quick detection mechanism to monitor the attention to detail of venue organizers.

If he walked into his dressing room and saw a bowl of blue M&M’s, he knew the venue staff read the contract carefully and that the lighting, sound, video and staging requirements were probably in good shape, too.

On the other hand, a bowl of mixed colors immediately alerted him that details were missed and gave him a warning signal that other, more important things were probably also askew.

When this occurred, he knew he had to double-check everything — from the wattage of the amps to the specifications of cable placement.

October 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm Quote #30322


Battle Creek Enquirer. Pfft. :roll:

October 21, 2013 at 9:26 pm Quote #30326


I always thought it was pink skittels

October 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm Quote #30327


Did they even have blue M&M’s back then, I thought they only recently added blue….

October 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm Quote #30328


steecoe: Did they even have blue M&M’s back then, I thought they only recently added blue….

I thought the same thing. I heard years ago about M&M’s in the contract rider but I heard it was about a certain color they didn’t want in the bowl.

October 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm Quote #30329


Maybe the blue M&M’s is for the most recent tour? I know back in the 80′s it was no brown M&M’s.

October 22, 2013 at 10:13 pm Quote #30337


I thought it was red M&M’s with white stripes. :mrgreen:

When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?


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