Sonos was charged with stocking the dressing rooms backstage at the MTV European Video Awards recently, and based on the experience they were inspired to arrange an awesome little infographic documenting what stands as perhaps the most intricate & demanding tour rider of all time.
Curious as to what exactly the band required? The infographic below illustrates the glorious lengths of tomfoolery involved in such a list of demands.
"It was 1982," the rider reads, "and one of the world's most ostentatious glam rock bands kicked off a massive tour, but not before sending its demands to the venues it would be rocking. In what is considered to be one of the most ridiculous riders of all time (a rider is the list of amenities required by a band that the host venue must provide), Van Halen requested some items that define the phrase "over the top."'
You've all undoubtedly heard the "no brown M&Ms" story over the years, but few are aware that the particularly pretentious chocolate request wasn't out of a bizarre taste tradition, but the band's way to see if the venue and promoter had indeed read the entire contract. Clever, eh?
Check out the full rider graphic below:
Big thanks & kudos to Sonos for putting this together!