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Unformatted text preview: has a dessert prohibition for his dressing room: “Please no Carrot Cake—It’s
Still Not Funny!”
Perhaps the most famous demand of all time was the Van Halen 1982 concert
rider insisting that the band’s backstage supply of M&Ms have “ABSOLUTELY
NO BROWN ONES.” The curiosity over the band’s candy discrimination was
satisfied in 2012 when lead singer David Lee Roth said the ban was simply a
way to tell if each concert promoter was actually reading the fine print in the
The band Van Halen
contract. If there were no brown M&Ms in the bowl, then the stage was likely requested no brown
set up according to the rider’s specifications.
M&Ms be included
Even where a contract is not required to be in writing for Statute of Fraud backstage, possibly
purposes, a contract may be put in writing. In fact, when considering the pur- to see if the concert
poses behind the statute of frauds, it is advisable to reduce to writing—and promoter had read
the fine print of the
signatures—as many contracts as is practicable.
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