Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl says he’s ‘never played a show like this’ at fan-demanded US gig

The band played Richmond, Virginia on what was officially proclaimed Foo Fighters Day in the city

Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl told fans he’d “never played a show like this” as the band played their first show in Richmond, Virginia in over 16 years.

The unique gig at the 1,500 capacity The National venue was scheduled following an online campaign orchestrated by fans to bring the band to Richmond for the first time since 1998.

“I’ve been a musician for a long time and I’ve played a lot of shows,” Grohl told the crowd (via the Times Dispatch). “But I’ve never played a show like this before.” A picture from the show can be seen below.

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. The campaign eventually raised over $70,000 and a concert was later organised and announced via Twitter.

The gig was so monumental in the city that yesterday, September 17 was officially declared ‘Foo Fighters Day’. The accolade was bestowed on the band by Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones to mark the long-awaited performance.

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.

Foo Fighters Richmond setlist:

‘I’ll Stick Around’
‘Up in Arms’
‘Big Me’
‘White Limo’
‘My Hero’
‘Cold Day in the Sun’
‘These Days’
‘The Pretender’
‘Learn to Fly’
‘Skin and Bones’
‘Weenie Beenie’
‘Monkey Wrench’
‘Hey, Johnny Park!’
‘This Is a Call’
‘Best of You’