We already know the Foo Fighters have big plans for 2020. After all, a band’s 25th anniversary is cause for celebration, and with a new album in the works, Dave Grohl and the gang have some surprises up their sleeves.
On Tuesday, one of those surprises was unveiled, as the band will head out on a tour mimicking the original Foo Fighters tour from 1995 — back when the project was an extension of Grohl’s personal creative streak, utilizing material he’d worked out as a member of Nirvana and throughout the early ’90s.
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That emphasis on “IN THE ROUND!” sounds fun, as the band will no doubt be putting together an extra special set list for these dates.
In addition to the concerts, each show will include a sneak peek at What Drives Us, a new documentary Grohl has put together:
In addition to customary all-night rock n roll marathons from 1995 Van Tour veterans Grohl, Mendel and Smear and their longtime comrades Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee, each and every 2020 Van Tour show will feature a very special opening attraction: A sneak peek at an excerpt from Dave Grohl’s brand new documentary WHAT DRIVES US. Foo Fighters’ 2020 Van Tour will feature a short preview from Dave’s deep dive into what possesses a particular tribe of human beings to leave behind jobs, families, relationships and any semblance of sanity to climb into a busted ass econoline and take their music to the people–or at least a dozen or so of them here and there. WHAT DRIVES US explores 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 dates for this part of the band’s 2020 touring activities:
APRIL 12 PHOENIX, AZ TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA
APRIL 14 ALBUQUERQUE, NM SANTA ANA STAR CENTER
APRIL 16 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK CHESAPEAKE ENERGY ARENA
APRIL 18 WICHITA, KS INTRUST BANK ARENA
APRIL 20 KNOXVILLE, TN THOMPSON-BOLING ARENA
MAY 10 GREEN BAY, WI RESCH CENTER
MAY 12 GRAND RAPIDS, MI VAN ANDEL ARENA
MAY 14 CINCINNATI, OH HERITAGE BANK CENTER
MAY 18 CLEVELAND, OH ROCKET MORTGAGE FIELDHOUSE
Obviously, this won’t be the extent of the Foo Fighters’ touring in 2020 — as they’re tapped for various music festival dates, among other scheduled performances. And anybody who pays attention to the band on a semi-regular basis knows that Grohl has a penchant for surprises … so stay tuned.
As for the band’s new record, here’s hoping it channels some of the ’90s angst and garage-rock sounds that exemplified 1995’s self-titled debut on tracks like “Weenie Beenie”: