STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
It’s been several big weeks for the Foo Fighters. There was the weeklong residence on The Late Show With David Letterman, a companion HBO series to go with their just released album, ‘Sonic Highways,’ and now, they’ve announced a 20th anniversary blowout at Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium on the Fourth of July packed with special guests.
It was just over two weeks ago that Foo Fighters played a super intimate show at the Black Cat in 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.”
Now, tickets have gone on sale for just that.
In addition to being Foo Fighters’ biggest U.S. headline engagement to date, the band’s July 4, 2015 20th Anniversary blowout will be an all-day affair and include a BBQ, motorcycle rally and fireworks display — it is the 4th of July after all. In an interesting move, there will be no reserved seating; field tickets and seated tickets are general admission only. There was also no pre-sale.
The supporting lineup features an awe-inspiring assortment of musical ambassadors of the eight cities where ‘Sonic Highways’ was recorded and the HBO docuseries 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 awesomeness.
From Seattle, Heart is confirmed to appear, Ann and Nancy Wilson having joined the FF family for its Late Show weeklong stand leading into the HBO series’ premiere. Representing Los Angeles, with ties to New York, will be longtime Foo comrade in arms and Delco native Joan Jett, who recently joined Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Pat Smear for Nirvana’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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