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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Van Halen and Those M&M's

As I purchased some M&M's the other day to re-stock the Buzzy candy case with them, it made me think about the infamous contract rider that I had heard about some time ago.  A rock and roll band had requested that M&M's be supplied for them with the proviso that no brown ones were to be included.  Given that trivial pursuits like this tend to amuse me,  here then is the rest of that story.  

Turns out that it was Van Halen who requested that M&M's but no brown ones be provided to them. Check out Snopes' verification of it (click here.)

However, as Snopes documents "Sometimes the why is more important than the what."  (click here.)  Wiki had the following note as to why Eddie and his bandmates asked for M&M's sans brown ones:  

If the bowl was present, then the band members could safely assume the other, legitimate, items in the technical rider were being fulfilled to their satisfaction. Conversely, if the bowl was missing, or brown M&M's were present, then the band members would be within their rights to have the venue inspect the work, ask that it be redone, etc.[119][120] Their concern for safety was real: during their earlier tours, not only had equipment been damaged, but several members of their road crew were nearly electrocuted, both due to inadequate safety measures and preparation on the part of the local venue.

Thus, it was not such a crazy demand after all.  (Please note that all of the M&M's for sale in Buzzy's do include the brown ones.  However if Van Halen ever stop by to perform at the Store, I'll make sure that the brown ones disappear.)

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