Dave Grohl says fan-funded shows ‘could become the way that bands decide where they want to play’
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl says he’s receptive to the idea of playing cities where fans have crowdsourced the funds for a concert. Speaking with South African radio station 5FM (via Rolling Stone), Grohl explained that fan-funded shows could bring a new reality to the music business in the future.
“It could become the way that bands decide where they want to play,” Grohl said. “It’s a fun thing; it sort of changes the game… For the past 20 years we always decided who we’re going to play with and where we’re going to play,” he said. “But now, if we hear that people want us to come somewhere, maybe we’ll come there.”
The whole crowdsourced concerts idea came after four friends from Grohl’s home state of Virginia sold an impressive $70,000 worth of tickets to a Foo Fighters concert that wasn’t even scheduled yet. The four buddies decided to give it a go because the Foos hadn’t played a Richmond show since 1998. The hard work paid off, and the Foo Fighters are reportedly scheduling a show in Richmond.
When it comes to playing places they’ve never played before, Grohl says South Africa comes to mind, where the band has just booked two December shows. “We’ve been a band for 20 years and it’s time for us to start going to the places we’ve never been,” he told 5FM. “I love all of the places that we’ve been, and all over the world we’ve built these amazing fan base audiences, but I love going to places we’ve never been.”
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