Foo Fighters Reschedule April/May Van Tour 2020 For October
Good news, Foo Fighters fans! The band have just announced the rescheduled dates for the remainder of their planned April/May Van Tour 2020.
The rock titans will now be celebrating their 25th anniversary on the road in America in October and December, with their original planned dates being postponed due to coronavirus.
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In a brilliant statement announcing the initial postponement, frontman Dave Grohl wrote: “We fuckin’ love you guys. So let’s do this right and rain check shit. The album is done, and it’s fuckin’ killer. The lights and stage are in the trucks, ready to go. The second we are given the go-ahead, we’ll come tear shit up like we always do. Promise.
“Now go wash your hands.”
Keep that in mind while you await these new Foo Fighters dates to roll around:
1 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
3 Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
5 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
7 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
9 Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
13 Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center
15 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
17 Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
1 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
3 Albuquerque, NM – Santa Ana Star Center
5 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Foo Fighters have rescheduled the remainder of their April/May Van Tour 2020. https://t.co/Vk7FakqhcR— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) Tue Mar 31 19:08:59 +0000 2020
Performing live is, of course, of huge important to Foo Fighters. Discussing the most important gigs of his life with Kerrang!, Dave remembered of the Foos’ first-ever appearance at Reading Festival some 25 years ago: “That was a riot – it wasn’t our idea! We’d played a show at King’s College in London, then came back to do Reading Festival, which was kind of our first proper gig in England. They had us headlining the side stage, and I felt weird about that. I felt like, ‘Nobody’s even fucking seen us!’ I think the record [Foo Fighters, 1995] had been out for maybe a month or something, not long. But I didn’t feel deserving of headlining the tent, because we were a new band. I really thought of us as a new band; I didn’t think of it as some fucking sideshow shit, we were a band and I wanted to do it right. Our first tours we did in America we got the van and the trailer and we did it the way you should do it.”
“I remember Björk was headlining the main stage, and maybe 45 minutes to an hour before we went on you could see the tent starting to fill up, and it was a hot day,” he continued. The tent was getting more and more crowded, and the crowd around the tent was getting bigger and bigger. As we were setting up the gear I was thinking, ‘Oh God, this is going to be fucking chaos.’ I just knew it – but at that point it’s do or die, you’ve got to go for it. More people started crushing into the tent, and I remember at one point the promoter coming up to me and saying we can’t play on the side stage. He said, ‘You have to go on the main stage, after Björk.’ I said, ‘No fucking way are we going to go headline the main stage at the first legitimate show we have in the UK! I mean, I get it, I don’t want anyone to get hurt, but that’s a bit presumptuous, don’t you think?!’
“When you see the security guards starting to pass out, that’s a problem. There were people climbing up the poles and hanging from the fucking rafters, and as far as you could see it was this tight, packed wave of sweaty fucking lunatics with us just trying to get through every song. Maybe after three or four songs the promoter was on the side of the stage going, ‘You guys have to stop. Just stop!’ I turned to the audience and said, ‘I’m sorry, this guy’s telling us we have to stop,’ and there was this roar of ‘Noooo!’ And he looks at me and says (urgently) ‘Keep playing! Keep playing!’”
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