Watch ‘The Day The Music Came Back,’ a Behind-The-Scenes Look at Foo Fighters’ Reopening of Madison Square Garden on 6/20


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Back on June 20, Foo Fighters played a full-capacity concert at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, the first such live event at the famed venue since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The highly anticipated return to epic live concerts in the United States was the reason for the Foos’ tiny club gig in Southern California a few days earlier, a warm-up show for a few hundred lucky (vaccinated) fans that featured hits, a few deep cuts and more from the Dave Grohl and the guys’ lengthy discography.

The circumstances surrounding this show were unique; it marked the first live concert performance in New York City in 466 days, dating back to before the city shut down as a result of the pandemic. Emotions ran high, anticipation soared, and the fans were truly excited.

Madison Square Garden captured the magic of this particular evening in the form of a short documentary, The Day The Music Came Back, which premiered on YouTube on Thursday. Within the seven-minute clip are interviews with various MSG employees, including those helping with equipment load-in to beer and merchandise vendors, Foo Fighters fans eagerly awaiting the start of the show and more.

While not a concert video, there are a few minutes of footage of Grohl addressing the gathered masses regarding a dream he had about resuming live concerts — and how that crowd was making his dream come true. The tone of the evening is represented quite well:

The Foo Fighters had another similar show coming up on Saturday, July 17, at the Forum in Los Angeles, but announced on July 14 that the show has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test within the band’s circle:

Assuming no further postponements, the band also has a string of 26th anniversary concerts lined up for the fall, making up for the 25th anniversary plans that fell through a year ago.

This news comes on the heels of the alt/rock titans recently being named as headliners of the LollapaloozaBonnaroo and Bottlerock Napa Valley Music Festivals. So far, the Foo Fighters will play six headlining shows as a part of this tour, with more dates coming shortly:

• July 28 – The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
• July 30 – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI
• August 3 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis, MO
• August 5 – Azura Amphitheater – Bonner Springs, KS
• August 7 – The Zoo Amphitheater – Oklahoma City, OK
• August 9 – Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM

* Radkey supports on all dates

A news release notes that, FF fans are advised to keep a watchful eye on foofighters.com and the band’s socials for a crapload more shows to be announced. 

Once they’re finally able to actually hit the road for a proper tour, it will mark the band’s first since the release of Medicine at Midnight, the Foos’ at times adventurous new studio album that was released in February 2021.


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