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Foo Fighters to revisit ’95 cities for the Van tour

Foo Fighters will revisit the cities in which they played their first-ever live shows to commemorate their 25th anniversary as a band.

Foo Fighters, led by ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, made their live debut on 23 February 1995 at the tiny Jambalaya Club in Arcata, California. The Van tour 2020 – named for the Dodge Ram van (pictured) that took them around North America in 1995 – sees the band play many of the same cities as they did 25 years, albeit in considerably larger venues.

The in-the-round Van tour kicks off on 12 April at the 18,422-capacity Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, and concludes on 20 May at the FirstOntario Centre (19,000-cap.) in Hamilton, Ontario.

The Foos’ last concert tour, 2017–18’s Concrete and Gold world tour, was the 14th highest-grossing of 2018, according to Pollstar, with US$87.3 million from 43 shows.

Tickets for the Van tour are on general sale at 10am local time this Friday (21 February).

A full list of tour dates is below:

April 12 — Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
April 14 — Albuquerque, NM @ Santa Ana Star Center
April 16 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
April 18 — Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena
April 20 — Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena
May 10 — Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
May 12 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
May 14 — Cincinnati, OH @ Heritage Bank Center
May 18 — Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage Arena
May 20 — Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre

 


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Foo Fighters’ first Croatian show sells out in 2 mins

Tickets for Foo Fighters’ first-ever show in Croatia sold out within minutes when they went on sale earlier today, promoter Los Angeles Agency (LAA) has announced.

All 7,000 tickets for the Pula Arena show – part of a string of recently announced 2019 European tour dates, which also include headline slots at Hurricane and Southside in Germany and Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK – were snapped up within the space of two minutes, according to LAA.

“We are sorry for all those who did not succeed [in buying one], but the interest was simply too great for such a small capacity,” reads a statement from the promoter.

Foo Fighters will play Pula Arena – a Roman amphitheatre built between 27BC and AD68 – on 19 June 2019.

According to Croatia Week, it is the fastest-ever sell-out in Croatia, beating U2 in Zagreb, David Gilmour in Pula and Chris Cornell in Zagreb (though it should be noted the U2 show was at a stadium).

 


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Foo Fighters’ CalJam to return in 2018

CalJam, the Foo Fighters-curated, Live Nation-promoted California festival which debuted last month, is to return for a second outing next October.

Inspired by Pacific Presentations’ California Jam – a one-off 1974 event headlined by Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, with the Aerosmith-headlined California Jam II following in 1978 – CalJam 2017 kicked off the US leg of the Foos’ Concrete and Gold world tour, with the band joined in San Bernardino on 7 October by Queens of the Stone Age, Liam Gallagher Royal Blood, Cage the Elephant, Wolf Alice and the Kills.

Frontman Dave Grohl suggested CalJam would return for a second year, and he’s as good as his word: Live Nation says CalJam 2018, which will once again take place at Glen Helen festival grounds, on 5 and 6 October, will include “another Friday night camping party followed by another Saturday 12-hour rock extravaganza: More fun, food, sun and sweat, more guitars and EVEN MORE GOOD TIMES.” (Emphasis theirs.)

No further information is yet available, although the promoter promises more details “will be announced as they are confirmed”.

 


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