Foo Fighters' superfan and Blues City Deli kitchen worker James Washburn received a letter in June that said the band might make an appearance in his place of work.
The letter, which he threw in the trash after the band no-showed Saturday afternoon, was written on the official Foo Fighter's letterhead and said that the band would be there sometime after 3:30 p.m.
It also came attached with one of the band's entertaining tour riders.
"We couldn't figure out how they connected that I work here," the 24-year-old said Saturday as he sat outside at the end of his shift. "Ice was involved."
The rider, written by the Foo's tour manager Gus Brant, includes the band's primer of the most delicious ice in the world. The collective theory of the particular monolithic rock band is that the best ice in the world is made by machines manufactured by the Hoshizaki America company or, "The ice-pimps of the world." The Blues City Deli has one of those machines.
"We squeal like six-year-old girls with skinned knees when we see this ice!" the rider says.
As a blues band finished its set in the Deli and the workers began to stack the plastic chairs, a woman who works at the deli told Washburn, "I don't think your friends are coming today."
As 4 p.m. came and the deli closed, there was nary a sign of the rock radio powerhouses who played that evening at the Scottrade Center. No Dave Grohl. No Taylor Hawkins. No Pat Smear. Just the faint air of disappointment for Washburn, who has been a Foo Fighters fan since he was a kid.
"It would have been cool, but it's not that disappointing. Not really," he said. "I wasn't really expecting a lot. If it happened, it would have been cool. If not..."
Nevertheless, he still went to see the band, and he didn't even expect a refund.
It might be worth nothing that the Foo Fighters did spend part of its weekend trying to save the world from hateful bigots.