1. GregAllen says:

    Wow, that Little Rascals costume is not working for him.

  2. Ralph says:

    Great story by DLR…

    A shooting range I used to go to would have an 8-page rulebook that anybody who shot there had to read each year. Just as in the VH rider, right smack in the middle was the instruction to write your name at the top of page 2. At the end was a quiz. The first thing the guy checking it out would do is turn to page 2 – no name, you fail. He did not give any explanation, just gave it back to you and said “try again – fail a 2nd time and I’ll ask you to leave.”

  3. Rudedog says:

    Dear Van Halen as much as I liked David back in the early 80’s, can we please bring back Sammy

  4. jmsiowa says:

    he sounds normal? but he did say he never got in the way of a good rumor.

  5. exodor1 says:

    Notice the 1st place he mentioned? The Spectrum, Philadelphia. This tells you how great a place it is, that it is in the forefront of Dave’s mind. That place is historical for great shows!

  6. BigBoyBC says:

    It’s a good story…

    When I was in college, the professor gave us an exam, he said to read all the questions and follow all directions before beginning the exam. The very last question said “Don’t answer any of the questions or make any other marks on the exam, sign the bottom of the page and return the exam to the teaching assistant…”

    I and only three others passed the test. Everyone else had in one way or another, not followed the instructions.

    It’s an old trick, but an effective one…

    • CrankyGeeksFan says:

      That like the one about a college student writing the Declaration of Independence in the middle of a term paper and receiving an “A”? I guess the professor or grader never read that paper.

  7. UncDon says:

    Imagine if the Microsoft EULA had some kind of unusual clause randomly inserted in each person’s OS package, so that it wouldn’t install unless you did whatever the clause asked. Type in the serial number, your email, read the EULA, and then …

    • Brendan says:

      You may remember this one from 2005:

      The makers of PC PitStop once included a clause in their EULA that offered “financial compensation” to a limited number of people who emailed them. After 4 months and nearly 3,000 downloads, someone finally emailed them and was awarded a $1,000 check.


  8. Caretaker says:

    I figured this by experience. I work some production jobs, and when we make our requests, you have to be very specific. Once we asked for a golf cart. They gave us one. An Electric one, with a dead battery. No headlights. So after 6 hours on the charger, it lasted maybe half of the show, and it made crossing the street and driving all over the festival lots of fun with no lights at night. Now we have to specify, a gas powered cart, with lights, and a roof, to be able to be refueled within 15 minutes of making a call, with tire service available too.

  9. River Monsters says:

    How did trashing the dressing room help? I think I missed that.

  10. Dr Spearmint Fur says:

    I really don’t see the point of posting this story today. It has nothing to do with Kate Upton’s breasts so I’m really not interested.

    • Cap'nKangaroo says:

      From USA Today OnPolitics: Kate Upton, the cover model on Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, is the niece of Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of a powerful House committee.

  11. Dan says:

    Hey he’s just a gigolo.

  12. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Fur–Excellent link. Don’t miss the side bar links including all 10 SI Models on the David Letterman Show. Does remind me I was “back stage” at a local beauty contest. Got the feeling then I got now watching the video: I love all women–but only one at a time and by that I mean I really have no desire at all to be in a room with more than 1 or 2 women. I’m sure that is revealing about something which is why I’ve never researched it.

    Even beauty loses in cache with too much repetition.


  13. Bill says:

    Total BS of course. DLR has never been known for his firm grasp on reality.

  14. George says:

    Did he say there were 5 pounds of M&Ms? Are M&M’s a staple of the Rock’n’Roll diet?

    This sounds like a moronic rocker’s idea of verifying contractual compliance. Making little old ladies sort M&Ms is silly. Why not pick 5 or 10 areas of compliance and have the promoter demonstrate how they satisfied them without wasting peoples’ time?

  15. AdmFubar says:

    damn dlr didnt age well… used to see him on cbs’s early morning show, he was rather funny then..

  16. CrankyGeeksFan says:

    A copy of a Van Halen tour rider from 1982 was posted on The Smoking Gun web site a few years ago: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/van-halens-legendary-mms-rider?page=0 .

    There was a rumor that Billy Squier was the next act to perform in many Van Halen concert locations during that time. Billy Squier’s tour personnel couldn’t figure out why they kept on finding a glass bowl of brown M&M’s in a backstage refrigerator during their tour.

  17. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    All the sex, drugs, and R&R a hooman being could fantacize about. Young, healthy, talented, four octave range, not gay. Successful Early. Money, Fame, Adulation, Groupies.

    And he’s still Alive.

    If you don’t recognize a paragon of admirable balance, your head is up and firmly locked in a very dark and unpleasant place. Warm and moist, but thats not everything.

    I “♫ Ain’t Talking about love…..”


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