To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Foo Fighters have put together a North American tour that follows a similar route to their first 1995 jaunt.
The 2020 Van Tour begins 12 April at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. In a press release, the band noted that they couldn’t replicate the tour exactly, but did hint at the possibility of more shows in smaller venues: “aside from many of those clubs on that 1995 trek having since ceased to exist, squeezing a 2020 FF show into the few that are still around would just be too insane … or would it? Stay tuned for the answer to that question.”
The tour will also function as a preview of Dave Grohl’s documentary What Drives Us. The film explores just that: what drives bands to leave behind home comforts to spend months cooped up in a van. Grohl describes the film as exploring “motivations, recounts personal anecdotes, and explores the physical and psychological toll of touring in vans via interviews with members of van-tour veteran bands ranging from Black Flag and Dead Kennedys to Metallica and the Beatles, and many, many more.”
The tour dates for Foo Fighters’ 2020 tour as follows:
12 April – Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
14 April – Albuquerque, NM, Santa Ana Star Center
16 April – Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
18 April – Wichita, KS, Interbank Arena
20 April – Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena
10 May – Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
12 May – Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
14 May – Cincinnati, OH, Heritage Bank Center
18 May – Cleveland, OH, Rocket Mortgage Arena
20 May – Hamilton, ON, FirstOntario Centre
The band had recently announced more European tour dates ahead of their upcoming tour, as well as Towards the end of last year, frontman Dave Grohl gave some oblique insight into what the next Foo Fighters record will sound like – with Grohl describing it as simply “fucking weird.”
In the same interview, Grohl attributed the success of the band to their ambivalence to trends, explaining: “We’ve just never been hip or cool; we just really haven’t. I think that the reason why we’re still here is because we do kind of disconnect ourselves from the popular stuff that’s going on, but also because, what the fuck do we care?” The record is slated for release sometime this year – potentially close to these summer dates.