Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Postpones Tour Amid Coronavirus — 'Let's Do This Right and Rain Check'
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The Foo Fighters may have powered through previous performances despite major injuries, but they aren’t ready to risk it all when it comes to their fans’ safety during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
On Monday, Dave Grohl, 51, announced in a statement shared on Twitter and Instagram that the band has decided to postpone several Foo Fighters Van Tour 2020 dates amid rising safety concerns. The list of shows that will be rescheduled is listed below.
“Hi, this is Dave. Remember me?” the statement begins. “The guy who wouldn’t even postpone a show when my goddamn leg was falling off? Well… playing a gig with a sock full of broken bones is one thing, but playing a show when YOUR health and safety is in jeopardy is another… We f—in’ love you guys. So let’s do this right and rain check s—.”
“The album is done, and it’s f—in’ killer. The lights and stage are in the trucks, ready to go,” Grohl wrote before urging fans to take precautionary measures.
“The SECOND we are given the go ahead, we’ll come tear s— up like we always do. Promise,” Grohl added. “Now go wash your hands.”
In 2015, Grohl famously finished a performance in Gothenburg, Sweden after breaking his leg when he fell offstage mid-show.
“Now look, I think I just broke my leg. I think I really broke my leg, so look you have my promise right now that the Foo Fighters, we’re gonna come back and finish this show,” he said as he lay onstage at the time. “But right now I’m gonna go to the hospital. I’m gonna fix my leg but them I’m gonna come back and we’re going to play for you again. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.”
Minutes after receiving medical attention, the performer hopped right back onstage to close out the show. He later finished the band’s tour in a custom-made throne before lending it out for use to Axl Rose and Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey after the musicians suffered their own injuries.
The Foo Fighters are among many musicians who have decided to temporarily pause or completely call off upcoming acts to help lessen the spread of the coronavirus. Cher, Dan + Shay, Kelly Clarkson, the Jonas Brothers and Elton John are among those to make the decision amid the pandemic.
Last week, news broke that the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach have been pushed to the fall. Coachella will now be held on Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18 and Stagecoach will take place the weekend of Oct. 23.
While additional information about the band’s May tour dates is forthcoming, a list of rescheduled Foo Fighters Van Tour 2020 shows is below:
- Previously scheduled for 4/12/2020
- NEW DATE 12/5/2020
- Phoenix, AZ
- Talking Stick Resort Arena
- Previously scheduled for 4/14/2020
- NEW DATE 12/3/2020
- Albuquerque, NM
- Santa Ana Star Center
- Previously schedule for 4/16/2020
- NEW DATE 12/1/2020
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Chesapeake Energy Arena
- Previously scheduled for 4/18/2020
- RESCHEDULED DATE TO BE ANNNOUNCED
- Wichita, KS
- INTRUST Bank Arena
- Previously scheduled for 4/20/2020
- RESCHEDULED DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
- Knoxville, TN
- Thompson-Boling Arena