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FOO FIGHTERS AGREE TO PLAY CROWFUNDED SHOW IN VIRGINIA

6/16/2014

Foo Fighters have agreed to play a show in Richmond, Virginia after local fans launched a campaign to get the band to come to the city by selling 1,400 tickets at $50 a pop -- before they even knew if the group would agree to the gig. The Foos acknowledged and agreed to the crowdfunded performance with a message posted Friday night (June 13th on Twitter which read, "See you soon...let's have a good time."

 

  • Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us a while back that there's something about a smaller show that you don't get at an arena gig: "There's such a different feeling you get when you play something like that, as opposed to playing the sort of, you know, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in front of, you know, 15,000 people. I mean, that's a big, giant thing, you know, and that's a big, over-the-top show. But when they're right there in your face, you can't get that in front of 20,000 people."
  • According to Rolling Stone, the campaign was launched in March by Andrew Goldin, a freelance creative director and copywriter, who sought to bring the band back to his hometown for their first show in Richmond since 1998.
  • Goldin and three fellow organizers set their goal of selling 1,400 tickets at $50 each in order to convince the band to return. Donors' credit cards would only be charged if the show sold out, and the contributions would be returned if the band didn't agree to play.
  • As of Saturday, the campaign had raised $70,026, surpassing its goal of $70,000. Two local businesses, Brown's Volkswagon and Sugar Shack Donuts, each donated $5,000 to the campaign and plan to give away all their tickets.
  • The venue and date for the show have not yet been determined.
  • Foo Fighters have yet to announce tour plans for their eighth studio album, which will be released this fall.
  • The making of the album is being chronicled in a new HBO documentary series called Sonic Highways. The series will follow the band to eight iconic studios in different parts of the country, documenting the region's musical history as well as the making of the record.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video promoting the crowdfunded concert effort:

Here's the band's response on Twitter:

INTERNET COMMENTS at Rolling Stone -- agree or not?

oneman wrote: "Love the idea, possibly the future of cutting out greedy promotors. BUT a publicity stunt nonetheless."

cacman93 wrote: "Foo Fighters are the type of band that I would see doing this, sticking it to the man, in a sense, even though they are only getting paid pennies compared to big shows."

Matt Brown wrote: "Man, I really tried, but, I can't stand the frickin Foo Fighters. I just can't get into their music, it reeks of, well it just reeks..."

Randy Petree wrote: "Foo Fighters are one of the best things to happen to rock music in the past twenty years."

jjazznola wrote: "I guess if you enjoy, boring, faceless rock with zero originality and average at best playing and songwriting." 

Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins On Playing Intimate Gigs

Read more at LoudwireDiffuser, Classic Rock, Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard and NME


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