Foo Fighters Dig Deep for Crowdfunded Concert In Richmond, Va.
It took one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns in history to bring the Foo Fighters back to Richmond, Va., for the first time in 16 years, but Dave Grohl and the gang made sure everyone in attendance got more than their money's worth.
During the show last night (Sept. 17) at the National, the Foos played a career-spanning set for the 1,500 fans who contributed $50 each to bring the band back to the area. After locals successfully raised more than $70,000, Foo Fighters announced they'd show up for the gig. It was such a big deal, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones officially declared yesterday ‘Foo Fighters Day.’
Onstage, Grohl praised the campaign. "I've been a musician for a long time and I've played a lot of shows," he said. "But I've never played a show like this before."
Grohl said the band would make up for their long absence by performing a lot of "super-duper old stuff" during the more than two-hour show including 'Big Me,' 'Weenie Beenie' and 'I'll Stick Around' from their self-titled 1995 debut and 'Monkey Wrench,' 'Everlong' and 'My Hero' from 1997's 'The Colour and the Shape.' But he also joked that the band would still play a lot of their hits "that keep the heat on back at the mansion in Los Angeles."
Grohl recently told a South African radio station that the crowdfunding model could change the way all shows are booked in the future. "I'm telling you, it could become the way that bands decide where they want to play," Grohl said. "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."
Check out footage of the show below: