Foo Fighters make the list not for the ridiculousness of their requests, but rather for the goofy way in which they've made them. Foo Fighters have always seemed like good natured guys, so perhaps in order to ease the self-important tone of a document making as many specific requests as needed for a band and crew of this size, their rider is full of self-deprecating jokes, fart references, and nods to how preposterous tour riders can be. In addition to explaining that there are 18 vegetarians in the the touring party, venues are warned that meaty soups make the roadies fart. They specify cereal boxes should be new and unopened, not leftover "from last night's Dio show." Also, if you've ever wondered who the real "people person" in the band is, the rider tells us it's Nate Mendel, "not the guy from Nirvana."
Perhaps to butter up whatever poor schmuck is setting up the hospitality rooms, the rider tells us that if you're able to read it, you're already smarter than most of the band's crew. It goes on to say "just try to make things nice," and "as cozy as possible," but in case that's too up to interpretation, we find out their list is in fact "NON-NEGOTIABLE." Things get a little intense when it comes to plastic cups, where the band insists on 16 oz plastic Solo brand cups, and that the band "WILL CALL OUT A CATERING JIHAD" if the cups aren't there. And in a section subtitled "WOW ROCK STARS ASK FOR SOME STUPID CRAP!" we find such requests as 4 DVDS ("we are looking for HITs," no "Jamie Kennedy, Martin Lawrence, or sports"), 4 magazines ("Show us you have a brain and fantastic interests"), an assortment of t-shirts and socks, deodorant, and snack bars, all divided up by day of the week.
If it all seems too much, try to take a little pity on the band themselves. After all, as the rider explains, "WE ARE JUST ANOTHER BAND TRYING TO MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO FUEL OUR PRIVATE JET. PLEASE HELP."
See the full rider here.