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Video: The Truth Behind The Van Halen Brown M&Ms Ban
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I’ve been a Van Halen fan pretty much my whole life, and one of the biggest secrets surrounding the band is the mystery of why brown-colored M&Ms were banned from their dressing rooms.

Touring artists usually have contracts with the venue where they’re performing with what’s known as a Rider – a set of requests that the venue must fulfill. The rider usually contains a list of specific drinks, food, backstage set-ups, and dressing room arrangements, and when these riders become public, there’s always items on there that just scream “Diva!” Van Halen was one of the first bands to have these rider contracts, and when their’s was made public, it was discovered that there was a demand for a bowl of M&M’s to placed in their dressing room. Not so outlandish, right? Except that they specifically stated that there should be NO brown M&M’s in the bowl.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Van Halen’s ‘1984’
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As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deal for January 2012, Van Halen‘s 1984 is on sale for only $5.00.

If you’d like a physical copy of 1984, the CD version is available for only $7.99.

The album, released in the year 1984, was the band’s final effort with charismatic frontman, singer David Lee Roth, and also spawned chart-topping hits “Jump,” “Panama,” and “Hot For Teacher.”

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25 Years Ago! Our Favorite Albums Of 1986
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With 2011 coming to a close, a bunch of us here at Geeks of Doom, along with some Friends of Doom, decided to take a look back at some of our favorite albums that celebrated their 25th anniversary this year.

The year 1986 was a fantastic one for music, with pivotal albums from metal bands like Metallica and Slayer and rap artists like The Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. There was also great music topping the charts from artists like Genesis, Janet Jackson, and Van Halen. Oh and let’s not forget the soundtracks!

Check out our picks below for Our Favorite Albums Of 1986.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Van Halen ‘1984’, Best Of Yes, KISS, Blondie
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Amazon currently has some great albums on sale in MP3 format for only $5 each through the end of July. Here’s some of my suggestions from the 100 albums available in this sale.

Van Halen: 1984
The album, released in the year 1984, was the band’s final effort with charismatic frontman, singer David Lee Roth, and also spawned chart-topping hits “Jump,” “Panama,” and “Hot For Teacher.”

KISS: You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best!!
Best of album of KISS tunes from the original “make-up” line-up. Twelve songs, all good — “Rock And Roll All Nite,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Beth,” “I Stole Your Love” — I could go on and just name all 12 songs basically. Also includes live version of “Take Me,” as well as a 17-minute audio interview with the band conducted by Jay Leno.

Yes: Highlights – The Very Best Of Yes
A collection of awesome songs by prog rock band Yes, including the insanely big hit “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” which I always felt did not represent the sound and immense talent of this band. Instead, take a listen to “Starship Trooper,” “Roundabout,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Wonderous Stories,” and “Long Distance Runaround” from this Best Of album. All masterpieces, I promise.

Blondie: Best Of Blondie
When I was around 8 years old, I taped a penny to one of those BMG order forms and picked Best Of Blondie as one of my four albums to get for only one cent. Til this day, this is one of my favorite best-of albums to listen to. This collection contains 12 songs from the band Blondie, fronted by Debbie Harry, and chances are, you know most of these tunes: “Call Me,” “Rapture,” “Heart Of Glass,” “Dreaming,” “The Tide Is High,” “One Way Or Another,” and a bunch more.

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Rocker Sammy Hagar Reenacts His Alien Encounter On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
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Rocker Sammy Hagar made an appearance last night on the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote this new autobiography Red.

Hagar hasn’t been on mainstream radar since his days as Van Halen’s frontman, but thanks to a little story he wrote in Red about an alien encounter he had decades ago, the musician has blipped back onto screens across the nation.

During Hagar’s interview with host Jimmy Kimmel, the segment cut away to Hagar doing a reenactment of his alien encounter, complete with voiceover narration from the passage of the book.

Watch the video of the reenactment here below.

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