I think we're ready to embark on a new artistic direction. Are we going to rediscover our acoustic roots or dabble in Eastern mysticism? I have a dreamcatcher I never much liked that I could, you know, nail to our trailer or something.
*Issues statement to the press claiming that mold on the bathroom tiles in the hotel room caused band members to have hallucinations and that when bilby saw the hotel manager just now and was quoted as saying, "Duuude, wait, I thought we murdered you," his comment was taken completely out of context.*
My natural shyness (and a healthy fear of cocaine-addicted poodles) has prevented me from joining the cosmic disaster that continues to unfold on this page. However, c_b's veiled reference to the infamous Van Halen "no brown M&Ms;" contract rider prompts me to share something I learned in my random reading this past week. In his most excellent little book "The Checklist Manifesto", the uber-talented Awul Gawande explains that the notorious rider was not actually a manifestation of spoiled rockstar caprice, but that it had in fact been inserted as a deliberate (and very important) quality control check. In his memoir Crazy from the Heat David Lee Roth explained that Van Halen had been the first band "to take huge productions into third-level markets", that they would pull up with nine 18-wheelers full of equipment into venues used to dealing with bands whose gear filled a couple of vans. The logistics of getting the elaborate stage sets in place, correctly, safely, and on time was enormously complex. Failure to follow the detailed safety checks set out in the contract could be potentially dangerous to the welfare of both the band and the fans. So the "no brown M&M" provision was just a clever way of making sure that the logistics team at the given venue had observed appropriate caution when setting up the stage arrangements.
I am a fount of random useless information of this kind. Go ahead. Just ask me.
"We're working a single called 'Flaming Cupcake Stomp'. It's gonna be iced with awesome, lemme tell ya! Yep, for the reunion tour. The Almost Solveig Almost Reunion Tour. Yep, she was going solo but she broke up with herself. Irreconcilable musical differences, that sort of thing. Yep yep yep."