- 01 Dec 21
The band has previously required all attendees at the their concerts to be fully vaccinated.
Mere hours after announcing their 2022 US Tour, the Foo Fighters said they will not play Minneapolis' Huntington Bank Arena due to the venue's "refusal to agree to the band's COVID-19 safety measures."
The upcoming 2022 stadium tour of North America was originally to hit 16 dates throughout the continent from May to August of next year, kicking off in Pennsylvania and wrapping in Los Angeles.
With this new update, the band shared that their August 3rd Minneapolis show will not go ahead, and that the band is looking for a replacement venue that will abide by their proposed safety measures.
“Due to Huntington Bank Stadium’s refusal to agree to the band’s COVID safety measures, Foo Fighters are unable to perform at that venue,” a statement from the band read.
“We apologise for any inconvenience and are working on finding a suitable replacement one that will prioritise the health and safety of everyone working and attending the show.”
The Star Tribune reported that the Huntington Bank Stadium doesn't mandate masks, proof of vaccination or negative test results for patrons.
In a statement to The Star Tribune, a representative for the stadium spoke on the protocols, explaining that the University of Minnesota, where the stadium is located, "declined to change its existing protocols for large events, which have been effective.
"We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, wear a mask when in large crowds, and take appropriate steps to protect public and personal health," it continued.
The Foo Fighters were one of the first bands to go on national tour following the music industry's reopening after a year of lockdowns, playing the first capacity shows at Madison Square Garden and the Forum in Los Angeles. The latter concert was briefly postponed after a member of Foo Fighters' team tested positive for COVID-19.
The band has already stirred up controversy in the past year with their previous requirement that concert goers be vaccinated or provide a negative test result before attending their concerts.
Anti-vaxxer protests took place outside both their Madison Square Garden gig and an intimate concert at The Canyon in California's Agoura Hills prior to an arena show.
Actor Ricky Schroder, who attended one of the protests, later wrote online: “Dave Grohl is an ignorant punk who needs slapped for supporting discrimination.”
John Joseph, the longtime singer of Cro-Mags, also criticised Foo Fighters for playing shows where everyone must be vaccinated, dubbing the band the "Flu Pfizers" and saying, “What kind of bullshit is that? What kind of fucking bullshit are you fucking dealing with in your fucking head that you would play a vaccinated-only fucking show?”
Since the tour announcement yesterday, Foo Fighters have made one other adjustment to the schedule, adding a May 16th concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
Updates: Minneapolis, please see below - we hope to see you soon! Maryland/D.C., info on your show is coming shortly! pic.twitter.com/DhlPDG5QZD
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) November 30, 2021
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