Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Foo Fighters fines

The Foo Fighters are very, very particular about the details in their concert riders, that agreement between the band and promoter regarding what needs to be provided before, during and after a show.

Sick of mistakes and typos, the Foos once imposed a $100 fine on promoters if they found any misspellings or typos in any advertising material. There were also rules about backstage food. Any ketchup bottles had to be fresh and unopened. Soup had to be vegetarian because (and I quote) “Meaty soups make roadies fart.” Bacon, however, is welcome backstage because, as the Foos put it, “Bacon is God’s currency.”

And I love the final line of this rider: We are just another band trying to make enough money to fuel our private jet. Please help.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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