Van Halen, Brown M&Ms and My Wife

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cheap female viagra overnight delivery “During the 1980’s, Van Halen became “notorious” for having a clause in their tour contract. Pages and pages of details were included in the contract. In the middle of the contract was a clause stating that the band wanted a bowl of M&M’s back stage with ALL THE BROWN M&Ms removed. When I first heard this, my initial response was “what a bunch of spoiled divas”. I had grown up hearing the rumor and decided to verify this.

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go to site In David Lee Roth’s autobiography, he confirmed that this rumor was true, but then he shared some interesting details that made me reverse my diva opinion of Van Halen. Roth mentioned that due to the complexity of the tour (think 9 – 18 wheelers arriving with equipment that had to be set up correctly at each venue). The complexity of setting up each show meant there was a much greater chance for technical mistakes that could turn a successful concert into a disaster. They, for example, stated that “There will be 15 amperage voltage sockets at 20 foot spaces, evenly, providing 19 amperes.” The band had buried in the contract, section 126 the following: “There will be no brown M&Ms in the backstage area, upon pain of forfeiture of the show, with full compensation”.

follow site When Roth arrived at each new venue, he immediately would go back stage to see if the M&Ms were there and to see if the brown M&Ms were removed. If he found brown M&Ms, he would immediately demand a line check of the entire setup. He often stated that it “Guaranteed, you’re going to arrive at a technical error”.

follow site Turns out the band members of Van Halen weren’t being divas after all. They had discovered a quick and easy monitoring method to see how close the promoter was paying attention to the small details. They didn’t have time to go through and check every socket, plug or wire, but all these small details were significant for a successful concert. Their success was in the small details.” The complexity of the Van Halen tour reminded me of the complexity of a San Diego real estate transaction. So many different players, laws changing all the time, banks in turmoil, and all it takes is one misstep to have a failed transaction. It really takes someone who has a super “attention to detail” personality to pull it off. That’s why I’m so thankful for my wife Crystal, who oversees each transaction like a hawk. Nothing catches her by surprise, all the small details are covered, and the result is smooth, hassle-free closings. That’s why our clients say, “Thanks for all your hard work, you two make a great team!”