Foo Fighters ban garden gnomes

Last updated 14:33 02/12/2011
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NO GNOMES ALLOWED: The Foo Fighters exclude garden gnomes from their audience.

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If you're off to see The Foo Fighters, you better not have any light sabres or garden gnomes on your person.

Promoters today said the conditions of entry for the concert on December 13 at Auckland's Western Springs Stadium include that "no light sabers, garden gnomes or laser pens" will be permitted into the venue.

The contraband items are a continuation of the fun the band are having with the rules and regulations for their 2011 tour.

Earlier in the year the Smoking Gun published the band's official rider, a 52-page document listing the band's backstage requirements.

The document includes jokes, activities and a colouring book to entertain bored production staff.

The section titled "Field Guide To Food Coloring Book And Activity Pages" includes cartoon drawings of the band to be coloured in, a maze puzzle and a wordsearch featuring items banned from the catering menu including "pubic hair" and "band-aids". Another page presents drawings of 22 items and asks caterers to circle ones that belong in a salad.

The group demand that venue bosses comply with their requests because they, "are just another band trying to make enough money to fuel our private jet, please help".

The rider goes on to ban expensive brands of bottled water, stating, "This water is not to be Dasani, Aquafina or Evian. If it is, expect the worst, most violent display of hatred and dispassionate agony since (famed high speed chase and police brutality victim) Rodney King got his Hyundai up to 115 miles an hour".

They also joke about the band's vegetarian members, stating, "Vegetarians. Yep. The Crusades didn't rid the world of them, so we have to pretend to care... Chicken is not a vegetarian food. Neither is fish. In fact, if you considered chicken or fish vegetarian, please fire yourself." They also refer to Diet Coke as "Portland Champagne" and include a recipe for ice.

In another section of the rider they ask for new bottles of condiments, joking, "Would you want Ozzy Osbourne's sloppy seconds from a mayo jar?" and threatening that if the towels provided are unwashed, "You will receive a wedgie".

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- The Age

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