Foo Fighters fans in Richmond, Va., haven’t seen the band play their town since 1998. In an effort to remedy that 16-year oversight, four friends set up a crowdsourcing campaign to sell out a hypothetical Foo show in frontman Dave Grohl’s home state, hoping that if they sold enough “tickets,” the rockers would agree to play — and they have. The band tweeted the good news late Friday:
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) June 14, 2014
Andrew Goldin, Brig White, John McAdorey, and Lucas Krost set up the “Bring Foo Fights Back to RVA” campaign on Crowdtilt in March, aiming to sell $70,000 in tickets. The group reached their goal on Saturday, with Richmond businesses pitching in $10,000 and the local radio station joining the cause. There was no risk to fans who purchased the $50 tickets; everyone would receive full refunds if the band refused to play.
“Let’s say [the band] loves the idea and says, ‘Holy s–t, this is a great idea,’ but rather than the 1,400 tickets, let’s open it up to [outdoor venue] Brown’s Island and sell 20,000 tickets,” Goldin told Billboard in April. “Nothing like this has ever been done before. We’ve sold [tickets] for a concert that doesn’t exist yet.”
With the band now on board, an official venue and date for the show should soon be announced.