September 17 officially declared ‘Foo Fighters Day’ in Richmond, Virginia

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The band will play a crowdfunded concert in the city tonight

September 17 has officially been declared ‘Foo Fighters Day’ in the US city of Richmond, Virginia.

Consequence of Sound reports that the accolade has been bestowed on the band by Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones to mark the long-awaited performance that takes place in the city tonight.

The gig was scheduled following an online campaign orchestrated by fans to bring Foo Fighters to Richmond for the first time since 1998. The ‘Help Bring The Foo Fighters Back To RVA’ drive sold $50 tickets to see the band perform, despite no announcement that they would play a date in the city. A concert was later organised and announced via Twitter.

The news has quickly followed the declaration in Chicago that September 23 will be known as ‘David Bowie Day’ to coincide with the upcoming arrival of the Bowie retrospective exhibition ‘David Bowie Is…’ at city’s Museum Of Contemporary Art.

Last Sunday (September 14), Foo Fighters headlined the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony Concert. Watched by thousands of fans, including Prince Harry and London Mayor Boris Johnson, the band played an 11-song greatest hits set in London’s Olympic Park. Their eighth studio album ‘Sonic Highways’ is due to be released on November 10.