Following weeks of teasing, dangling the possibility of an Australian tour tantalisingly close, it has finally been announced that Foo Fighters will head to Australia and New Zealand for a huge run of stadium tour dates in February and March 2015, in support of their latest studio album, Sonic Highways.
The highly anticipated tour will see Foo Fighters return for their first run of Australian shows since December 2011. The tour will kick off on Wednesday, 18th February 2015 with the Foos’ first ever show in Christchurch.
Foo Fighters will also play stadiums in Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and will return to Hobart for the first time since 1998 with the tour’s only indoor show at Derwent Entertainment Centre.
Speculation about an Australian tour was ramped up last week when promoters Frontier Touring launched a SomethingNothingOzNz page filled with cryptic clues, suggesting when and where the Foos might play in Australia and New Zealand, should a tour be announced.
Something From Nothing is the name of the first Sonic Highways single, which also dropped last week. This week the band shared The Feast and The Famine, the second single off the upcoming eighth studio album, which is due out Monday, 10th November.
Sonic Highways was recorded across eight different US cities – Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington DC, and New York. The recording process has been documented in a HBO series of the same name, following the band as they make their way across the US and interviewing key music figures from each city. It’s worth noting here that the band’s Australian and New Zealand tour also features eight stops.
In a recent 60 Minutes interview, frontman Dave Grohl opened up to US TV reporter Anderson Cooper behind the scenes of Sonic Highways, even dishing about his band’s name. “Had I imagined that it would last more than a month-and-a-half, I might have named it something else,” Grohl said in the interview. “It’s the dumbest band name ever.”
In even better news, fellow rock trailblazers Rise Against will be sharing the bill with Foo Fighters at every one of their Australian and New Zealand shows, partially confirming promoter AJ Maddah’s comments earlier this year that the Chicago punk rock outfit will tour twice in 2015, once while supporting another act, before embarking on their own headline tour.
Adding a local flavour to the line-up, Melbourne rockers The Delta Riggs will be joining the tour at all Australian shows, excluding Hobart. Guaranteed to offer audiences a ferocious live show, the charismatic rockers are sure to showcase tunes from their latest studio album Dipz Zebazios.
See all the tour details below, and be sure to tune in to episode three of Sonic Highways the series when it airs on Go! at 4:30pm this Saturday.
Listen: Foo Fighters – The Feast and The Famine
Foo Fighters Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates
Frontier Members pre-sale will run for 24 hours from 10am* AEDT Tuesday 11th November or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation is exhausted.
*start times vary per show – visit site for details.
General public tickets on sale from Thursday 13th November, 10am local time (Australian shows) / 12noon NZDT (New Zealand shows)
Wednesday, 18th February 2015
AMI Stadium, Christchurch (All Ages)
Saturday, 21st February 2015
Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland (All Ages)
Tuesday, 24th February 2015
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (All Ages)
Thursday, 26th February 2015
ANZ Stadium, Sydney (All Ages)
Saturday, 28th February 2015
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (All Ages)
Monday, 2nd March 2015
Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart (All Ages)
Wednesday, 4th March 2015
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide (All Ages)
Saturday, 7th March – RESCHEDULED nib Stadium, Perth (All Ages)
Sunday, 8th March
nib Stadium, Perth (All Ages)