Foo Fighters are at it again with their weird and often hilarious tour rider requests. For the kick-off to the band’s North American tour tomorrow (Saturday, July 4th) in Washington D.C., the group has banned eight random items from the venue, including Frisbees, copies of Boy’s Life magazine, uncured meats of any kind, weapons that may have been used on the show Vikings, selfie sticks, drones and wallet chains.
A normal rider usually sets out the group’s requirements for every performance it gives, and some artists are known for their ridiculous or obnoxious demands. The Foos have taken that idea to new heights of absurdity in the past, with one 2011 rider printed as a children’s activity book.
That rider featured coloring book pages, drawings of all the Foos, a word hunt for “catering don’ts,” a maze to get guitarist Chris Shiflett to the catering area and more. The “activity book” was put together by longtime Foos tour manager Gus Brandt.
A revised edition later that year banned “light sabers, garden gnomes or laser pens” from venues, while warning that promoters would “receive a wedgie” if clean towels were not provided.
The July 4th show at RFK Stadium will launch the Foos’ biggest North American trek to date. But drummer Taylor Hawkins told us not long ago that America has never necessarily been the Foos’ biggest market:
“As a band, we’ve always actually been a little bit bigger outside of America. England, we do really well and Australia we do really well and a lot of parts of Europe we do well. And we do well in America, but mainly in the big cities, you know. We’re not huge necessarily in the Midwest and places like that because, frankly, America’s big.”
The band will hit arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums on the tour, including New York’s Citi Field on July 16th, a doubleheader at Boston’s Fenway Park on July 18th and 19th, and an August 29th Chicago gig at Wrigley Field.
The Foos are going ahead with the tour despite frontman Dave Grohl‘s broken leg, which he sustained in a fall from a stage in Sweden last month.