Foo Fighters are noted fans of The Smoking Gun‘s collection of tour riders, nodding in their humorous 2008 rider to Iggy Pop‘s extraordinarily entertaining 2006 rider. For their 2011 tour (taking them across Europe this summer and across the United States and Canada this fall), new requirements necessitated a new rider (not to mention that the 2008 document contained several outdated references to the late Ronnie James Dio). The Foos’ longtime tour manager Gus Brandt decided to make this rider extra-special by including an activity book at the end, featuring a maze, a word search, and other puzzles. “OK. Fire up the forward button sports fans and race to the Smoking Gun,” this section even proclaims, and sure enough, there it appeared earlier today.
The activities serve to hammer home the catering requests found earlier in the rider, including several warnings against “promoter pasta.” Brandt has been ensuring that the band eats well since at least the 1997 tour in support of The Colour and the Shape. Brandt knows the score well, having been involved with touring bands since before any of the Foos (except maybe Pat Smear) had ever been on the road.
Brandt also knows well the supremely ridiculous requests some artists can make in their tour riders. Most recently, a Katy Perry tour rider that surfaced insisted that her dressing room be “piped and draped in cream or soft pink” and specified the specific styles (perspex modern, French ornate) of the requested furniture. Perhaps, like Van Halen‘s famous insistence on no brown M&Ms, these requests are merely to ensure that Perry and her entourage do not face dressing rooms like that of The Cluny in Newcastle, England. Even still, there is fun to be had reading through the sometimes bizarre requests. Gus Brandt would certainly agree.
[Images Courtesy The Smoking Gun]