Yesterday, Dave Grohl made headlines around the world when he told the NME that he hates it when a band plays a classic album in its entirety for an anniversary tour. “Fuck, man! I don’t like it when a band’s tour is just to play one past record,” he told the NME. “I fucking hate that. I don’t like it when bands do that. It’s presumptuous. It’s lazy.”
What isn’t lazy is the lineup for Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary party at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, which goes down July 4 of next year, when Grohl’s band celebrates its 20th anniversary. On board for the star-studded all-day event are Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Trouble Funk, Trombone Shorty, and other rad shit like BBQ, motorcycle rally, fireworks and more.
“The best way to celebrate our 20th anniversary isn’t to focus on 20 years ago, but to focus on the last 20 years, meaning two years ago and six years ago and eight years ago,” Grohl added to the UK publication.
Here’s more info on the anniversary bash, with the flyer after the jump…
It was barely weeks ago that Foo Fighters played a super intimate show at the Black Cat in Washington D.C., about which The Washington Post ran a review featuring the line “the Foo Fighters could have gigged at RFK Stadium instead of spending the night at a cozy rock club.”
And now, tickets for Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary extravaganza at RFK Stadium will go on sale this Saturday, November 8 at 10am ET. There will be no reserved seating. Field tickets and seated tickets are general admission only. There will be no pre-sale.
The all-star supporting line-up features an awe-inspiring assortment of musical ambassadors of the eight cities where the new FF album Sonic Highways (out November 10 on Roswell/RCA) was recorded and the band’s HBO docuseries Foo Fighters Sonic Highways was filmed: A huge inspiration for the lyrics of Sonic Highways lead track “Something From Nothing” — not to mention guitar players through the ages –– Chicago’s own Buddy Guy will perform. Gary Clark Jr. will be on hand to represent Austin, making for a generation-spanning double shot of guitar Godliness. From Seattle, Heart is confirmed to appear, Ann and Nancy Wilson having joined the FF family for its Late Show with David Letterman week-long stand leading into the HBO series’ premiere. Representing Los Angeles with ties to New York, will be longtime FF comrade in arms Joan Jett, who recently joined Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Pat Smear for Nirvana’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Lauded New York hip-hop artist LL Cool J will also be making a special appearance featuring DJ Z-Trip. Rounding out this once in a lifetime who’s who of musical greatness will be DC hometown legends and kings of go-go Trouble Funk and, representing New Orleans, the incomparable Trombone Shorty.
So don’t forget and don’t delay: Go to here4 10am this Saturday. All tickets are created equal for the Foo Fighters July 4th 20th anniversary blowout, but few shows will ever create these kinds of memories. Join Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear and their Sonic Highways family for a show that will be talked about for centennials to come.