Fun with Dry Ice
On several tours, we performed with acts who used fog machines, and the best fog machines used dry ice pellets. These
pellets would be delivered backstage in a large insulated container, about the size of a whiskey barrel. I would scoop about a
cup of pellets into a Styrofoam coffee cup. Then I'd walk to the side of the stage, where at least part of the audience could
see me. If you put the cup to your mouth as if you're sipping from it, while breathing into the cup through your nose, the
warm breath hits the pellets and creates huge clouds of steam, which billow out of the cup and around your head. It's very
dramatic, and it looks like you're casually sipping a cup of molten lava.
One of us would do this while the other would watch the audience for the inevitable reaction. Musicians are known for
self-destructive behavior, and we sure didn't want to disappoint the fans.
Our perennial favorite trick with dry ice, however, was to take a bucket of leftover pellets back to the hotel after the concert,
and dump them into the hot tub. At one Holidome in Indiana, we had the entire first floor looking like the final scene from