Foo Fighters to play Prague
American alternative rock band is ending its indefinite hiatus
US-based alternative rock band Foo Fighters announced more dates for their summer tour, including Prague's O2 Arena on June 27. Fan club ticket sales start March 1, Live Nation Club sales start March 2 and general public sales on March 3.
The band announced an indefinite hiatus in November 2015, when they released the free EP called Saint Cecilia. Since that time they played at just one private charity concert at a small venue to raise money for local schools. They went back into action Feb. 24 at Cheese and Grain, a historical building that has been converted to a concert venue in Frome, UK, playing a 24 song concert. The band's frontman Dave Grohl posted a picture of a thank you note on their Facebook page. “Just wanted to write and say thank you to all involved tonight because I am still buzzing from our first gig in 1 year, 3 months and 10 days (but who's counting). Shaking off the dust for the sweet people of Frome was the best way to dive into another year. And many more surprises. … Stay tuned, Dave,” the note said.
The band has one concert announced for California in May before they start their summer tour on June 16 in Iceland and wrap up in July 30 in Portugal.
Just before playing Budapest and Prague the band will be headlining the Glastonbury festival, which is already sold out. They have also announced they will appear at Lollapalooza Berlin on Sept. 10.
Foo Fighters was formed in 1994 by Dave Grohl, who had been the drummer for Nirvana. The name was a term used in World War II by allied fighter pilots to refer to UFOs and other unexplained objects in the sky. At first the band was a solo project for Grohl, who sang and played all instruments, but other members soon were included and Grohl switched to just lead vocals and rhythm guitar. The lineup now includes Nate Mendel on bass, Pat Smear on guitars, Taylor Hawkins on percussion and baking vocals and Chris Shiflett on lead guitar and backing vocals.
It is not clear whether the surprises that Grohl has promised will include new material. The Feb 24 show included one song from the Saint Cecilia EP, “Sean,” making its live debut. They played heavily from their back catalog, with 1997's The Colour and the Shape heavily represented in the set list with five songs. 1995's self-titled Foo Fighters contributed four songs as did 2011's Wasting Light.
Foo Fighters have won 11 Grammy Awards, out of 27 nominations. Four of the band's albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. In total they have 26 awards from various organizations or publications. They have sold more than 30 million records worldwide.
The album Wasting Light debuted at number one in 12 countries, and is their highest charting album. That album's first single “Rope” is the record holder for the most consecutive weeks at number one on the US Rock Songs chart. Sonic Highways, released in November 2014 is their last full studio album to date.
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