Dave Grohl says the fan-orchestrated and crowdfunded homecoming show in Richmond, Virginia that the Foo Fighters have agreed to play could be the future of how bands determine where to tour. Grohl suggested that the online campaign launched back in March could “change the game.”
“I’m telling you, it could become the way that bands decide where they want to play,” Grohl told South African radio station 5FM. “It’s a fun thing; it sort of changes the game. For the past 20 years we always decided who we’re going to play with and where we’re going to play. But now, if we hear that people want us to come somewhere, maybe we’ll come there,” the affable frontman continued.
The Foos agreed to the crowdsourced Richmond show last month by taking to Twitter to write, “See ya soon… let’s have a good time.” The campaign is the brainchild of Andrew Goldin, who along with his fellow organisers decided to bring FF back for their first Richmond show since 1998.
Goldin and his team achieved the impressive feat by selling 1,400 tickets at $50 each to an unscheduled concert that would take place somewhere in Richmond if and when the band decided to play. Donors would only be charged if the show sold out and would be refunded if FF declined.
A date for the show is yet to be confirmed, but the concert is in line with Grohl’s hopes for the Foos’ upcoming tour, which he wants to see travel to places previously unseen by the band. “We’ve been a band for 20 years and it’s time for us to start going to the places we’ve never been,” he told 5FM.
Listen: Dave Grohl Interview on 5FM