According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS are playing a crowdfunded and fan-organized show in Richmond, Virginia sometime in the near future and frontman Dave Grohl thinks these kinds of gigs could be how touring is done in years to come. Grohl told a South African radio station, "It could become the way that bands decide where they want to play. 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 campaign was launched by Andrew Goldin, a FOO FIGHTERS fan who wanted the band to play their first show there since 1998.
Goldin and several collaborators set a goal of selling 1,400 tickets at $50 each, promising donors they would only be charged if the concert sold out, and that their money would be returned if the band didn't agree to play.
A couple of local businesses also got involved, donating $5,000 each and giving away all their tickets for free. Word of the campaign eventually got to the FOOs, who agreed to play the show. A date and venue have yet to be announced.
FOO FIGHTERS will release their new album in November, timed to the premiere of a new HBO documentary series called "Sonic Highways".
The series, directed by Grohl, followed the band as they recorded their new album in eight historic studios around the United States.
Grohl told Rolling Stone in South Africa — where the band will play for the first time in December — that making the series was a "complicated process." He added that he wanted to record in international studios as well, but that it would have been "financially impossible."