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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Foo Fighters and Their Hilarious Ice Preferences Are Coming to Oakland This Fall

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 3:10 PM

The world's foremost connoisseurs of beverage ice.
  • The world's foremost connoisseurs of beverage ice.

We can honestly say that, until a few moments ago, we never gave any thought to the shape of the ice cubes in our drinks, much less the company that made the machine that created them. The peak of our lifetime's worth of ice-related contemplation was simply the cube vs. chip question (which we firmly resolved decades ago in favor of the longer-enduring and more effective cube).

But now we're thinking about ice again, simply due to the publishing of the Foo Fighters' tour rider, the document that spells out what Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, and the other Fighters would like to eat, drink, and sit on during their upcoming U.S. tour. The document, distributed to promoters, is normally kept quiet -- if you look at Katy Perry's, you'll see why -- but the Foo Fighters allowed theirs to be published on the Smoking Gun. Maybe because it's part coloring book and puzzle, or because it's hilarious, or because the band members are self-deprecating and shockingly down-to-Earth, or because they wanted to share their appreciation of good ice with the world. Either way, we're thinking deeply about frozen water again, and it probably won't be the last time we do before the Foo Fighters come to Oakland to support their new album, Wasting Light, this October.

The Foos' show is set for October 19 at Oracle Arena, with Cage the Elephant opening. Tickets go on presale tomorrow and general sale this Friday, June 17. In case you haven't heard, the Foo Fighters' Wasting Light was produced by Butch Vig, the Garbage drummer who produced Nirvana's Nevermind, and it's easily the best Foo Fighters album since their first two. Hell, we don't even really like the Foo Fighters's music that much, and we can't deny that Wasted Light is a pretty lean, engaging listen.

Now, back to our ice discussion. On page 9 of the leaked portion of the Foos' rider, we find a detailed examination of the various kinds of ice cubes commonly served in the United States, along with their likenesses. This is important -- it may be the birth of a new field of writing and illustration we'll just call ice criticism:

  • The Smoking Gun

Earlier in the document, we also find a profound statement on the inadequacy of croissants as a complete breakfast. Less groundbreaking but perhaps more humorous:

  • The Smoking Gun

So let this be a lesson to you: When Dave Grohl is over, made him Hoshizaki ice, and don't serve him any goddamn croissants for breakfast. More must-dos on the Smoking Gun. We'll see you at the Foo Fighters' show Oct. 19.


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