Image via The Smoking Gun
We’ve known for quite some time that the Foo Fighters have a sense of humor — just take a look at their videography (especially last week’s “Walk”, which may be the best music video in quite awhile). But, year after year they continue to surprise us. Lately, as you may have guessed, Dave Grohl and his ragtag crew have been touring relentlessly, all in support of their seventh LP, Wasting Light. Being on the road, away from home, tends to get complicated. However, these guys are keeping it real — at least if their tour rider is any indication (via The Smoking Gun).
In a hilarious tongue-in-cheek introduction, tour manager Gus Brandt writes, “Check out the attached pages and take them at least seriously. If we’ve offended you then you probably weren’t that bright to begin with,” going on to quote Ted Knight from Caddyshack, stating, “The world needs ditch diggers.” Priceless. From there, it gets even more perverse, digressing on in the form of a children’s coloring book, titled Foo Fighters Field Guide to Food: Coloring Book and Activity Pages. No, seriously. Animated members of the band instruct the difference between good food and bad good, there’s a crossword puzzle flooded with the “don’t’s” of catering, a handy maze for caterers (“‘Promotor'” pasta does not rock,” an illustrated Chris Shiflett warns), and even a complete diagram on…ice. All in all, it’s something you have to see to believe — sort of a proverbial “eighth” wonder of rock ‘n’ roll — so take a gander.
If the behind-the-scenes work is that exciting, you can only imagine what they’re like on-stage. Check out the “precious grunge quintet”‘s current tour itinerary and see if they’re rolling through your town…
Foo Fighters 2011 Tour Dates:
06/15 Milan, IT @ IdRHO Festival
06/17 Neuhausen ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival
06/18 Berlin, DE @ Wuhlheide
06/19 ScheeÃel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/21 Copenhagen, DK @ Refshaleoen
06/22 Stockholm, SE @ Stockholm Stadium
06/24 Oslo, NO @ Telenor Arena
06/26 Helsinki, FI @ Kalasatama
07/02 Milton Keynes, UK @ The National Bowl *^%
07/03 Milton Keynes, UK @ The National Bowl *$#
07/06 Madrid, ES @ Palacio de Deportes
07/07 Lisbon, PT @ Optimus! Alive Festival
07/09 Naas, IE @ Oxegen
07/10 Kinross, UK @ T in the Park
08/07 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/09 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Center &~
08/10 Montreal, QC @ Bell Center &~
08/18 Kiewet, BE @ Pukkelpop
08/20 St Polten, AT @ Frequency Festival
08/21 Erfurt, DE @ Highfield Festival
08/23 Cologne, DE @ Laxness Arena
08/24 Ubersee, DE @ Chiemsee Festival
08/26 Paris, FR @ Rock En Seine
09/14 St. Paul, MN @ Excel Center +/
09/16 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center +/
09/17 St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center +/
09/19 Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills +/
09/20 Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena +/
09/22 Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena +/
09/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center +/
09/25 Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Center *
09/26 E. Rutherford, NJ @ IZod Center +/
10/10 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center !
10/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center !
10/13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum !
10/16 Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center !
10/17 San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center !
10/19 Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena !
10/20 Sacramento, CA @ Power Balance Pavilion !
10/25 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena !
10/27 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome !
10/28 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place !
11/14 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
* = w/ Biffy Clyro
^ = w/ Death Cab For Cutie
% = w/ Tame Impala
$ = w/ Jimmy Eat World
# = w/ Hot Rats
& = w/ Fucked Up
~ = w/ Doughboys
+ = w/ Rise Against
/ = w/ Mariachi El Bronx
! = w/ Cage the Elephant