Foo Fighters fans in Richmond, Virginia, orchestrated and crowdfunded a concert by the band without the Foo Fighters’ knowledge, but now the group has agreed to play the show on September 17.
Rolling Stone reports that freelance creative director and copywriter Andrew Goldin began the Crowdtilt Open campaign in March. The Foo Fighters have not played in Richmond since 1998, but Goldin and the other organizers were determined to make it happen in 2014. Goldin, along with Brig White, John McAdorey and Lucas Krost, aimed to sell 1,400 tickets at $50 per ticket to convince the band to return. Ticket buyers were only charged if the show sold out, and if the crowdsource didn’t work, everyone’s money would be returned.
The campaign had raised $70,026 by the middle of June, just over their final goal of $70,000. Two Richmond-area businesses, Brown’s Volkswagon and Sugar Shack Donuts, each donated $5,000 to the project with the intention of giving away all of their tickets for free.
“Rather than waiting, and waiting and waiting for our favorite band to come to us, we’re making it happen,” Goldin said in his mission statement. “We’re selling tix to a Foo Fighters concert that the band doesn’t have scheduled yet in the hopes that they’ll come to our great city and play a show. Then if the band comes we all rock out. If they don’t come, everyone gets their money back. Every cent. So buy your tix, spread the word, and let’s make some rock-n-roll history.”
The Foo Fighters sent out a tweet agreeing to play the show, writing “See ya soon…let’s have a good time.” The show will go on at Richmond’s National Theater on Wednesday, September 17. A month later, the group’s HBO documentary series, “Sonic Highways,” premieres. They have already released a trailer for the show, as well as released the cover art for the upcoming album of the same name. The album Sonic Highways will be available November 10.