What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Just ask four enterprising – and impatient – music fans in Richmond, Va. A decade and a half between tour stops was unacceptable for Foo Fighter fans Andrew Goldin, Brig White, John McAdorey, and Lucas Krost. So in April 2014 the foursome launched a Crowdtilt campaign with the goal of bringing Dave Grohl and his bandmates to town to “get our faces melted by the best band in the world.”
The hopeful concertgoers kicked things off by starkly declaring, “It's simple. The Foo Fighters haven't played Richmond, Virginia since May 17, 1998. That's more than 15 years ago and that's way too long. So we're taking it upon ourselves to bring 'em back! So to convince them to come back, we're selling 1400 tix to a Foo Fighters show that doesn't exist (yet).”
Well after lining up 515 backers and $70,026 with the crusade, “yet” has arrived. Grohl and explosive bandmates Nate Mendel (bass), Taylor Hawkins (drums), Chris Shiflett (lead guitars), and Pat Smear (rhythm guitar) made the Southern men ecstatic on June 13 by tweeting “well, well, well…let's have a good time.#RVA.”
The last time the rockers fought their way through Richmond, they had only released two albums, were still breaking in a new drummer (Hawkins), were in the midst of a failed two-year experiment with Franz Stahl at lead guitar – and Foo Fighters was still Grohl’s “other band.” What a difference a few years makes.
It’s safe to say that the Richmond gig will be just a bit smaller than the rest of band’s 2014 shows, including their upcoming June 19 appearance at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del. The four-day, 100 band event will blister the 105-acre Woodlands festival grounds of Dover International Speedway to the tune of 50,000 fans.
The Virginians will likely get an up-close-and-personal taste of the Foo Fighter’s recently announced eighth studio album to be released in the fall of 2014. The band recorded one bombastic cut in eight musical meccas: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, DC and New York.
The band has also been in the news lately due to their upcoming HBO series Sonic Highways, documenting the Foo Fighters’ musical journey to create the new record. Each episode will examine the inimitable identity of each of the cities and include Grohl’s insightful interviews with legendary homegrown musicians – among them blues icon Buddy Guy, KISS’ Paul Stanley, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, and The Eagles’ Joe Walsh.