The Foo Fighters’ brought Rock n’ Roll back to Madison Square Garden in the first full capacity show in NYC in over a year. In October, the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Before that, they’ll reopen the LA Forum on July 17 with a full-capacity concert.
Foo Fighters are no Dr. Evil, but the Dave Grohl-led rockers still made $1 million (in gross ticket receipts) when the band reopened New York’s Madison Square Garden last week.
It was the arena’s first concert in nearly 500 days, and, per Billboard, the band sold 15,371 tickets, grossing over $1.4 million from the June 20 gig that signaled an end to the venue’s lingering lack of activity due to gathering guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attendees of the full-capacity MSG concert had to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as mandated by the N.Y. State Department of Health, with a final dose received at least 14 days before the event. And the Foos’ MSG return was indeed full capacity — the ultimate ticket count was well over the venue’s own stated limit.
The MSG gig saw the Foo Fighters unexpectedly joined by comedian Dave Chapelle for a performance of Radiohead’s “Creep.” At a reduced-capacity, vaccine-required warmup show in Los Angeles on June 15, Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins sang lead on Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” Both recent concerts were targeted by protestors against COVID-19 vaccination.
That’s because the term “full capacity” can “deceptively vary from arena to arena and from show to show,” Billboard explained, “but there is no debating the Foo Fighters’ status. Across 662 shows reported since 2015, MSG’s average cap is 15,140, a couple hundred seats less than Saturday’s show.”
And, oh yeah, the group will also become the disco-driven “Dee Gees” for Record Store Day 2021 with a special release dedicated to the songbook of the Bee Gees and the pop group’s brothers Gibb.
Fan-captured video from the MSG show.