“You know, I’ve been a musician a long time. I’ve played a lot of shows. But I have never played a show like this one before,” said one very amped Dave Grohl at the historic Foo Fighters concert in Richmond, Virginia, September 17th.
The unusual journey for Grohl and his bandmates to this stage started with just four Richmond guys and the crowd funding website Tilt.
Now it is being called a “rock and roll miracle.”
The mood was unbelievably upbeat all night, boosted by Grohl’s magnetic stage presence. Two songs in, a sardined audience of 1,500 fans held each other up while they fist-pumped, clapped to sporadic rhythms, and sang unabashedly word for word more than twenty-five of the band’s greatest and newest hits.
In the balcony was Grohl’s mom, to whom he gave a touching shout-out stating that he loves Virginia but when he is singing about it, it is specifically for her.
The opening band Avers—an ensemble of talents with the drummer from the Head and the Heart and a member from FarmVegas—played a solid set of original rockers that surely earned them some new fans in the audience.
But tonight was about the fans—namely the 1400 fans that supported the Tilt that brought the night to fruition. Before the Foo Fighters took the stage, a boisterous Andrew Goldin and his three compatriots took the time to express thanks to the crowd that brought them their dream (raising over $70,000 and enticing the band to make a stop in Richmond not on their tour schedule). The band hadn’t played in Richmond since 1998.
Goldin was one of four individuals who initiated the tilt and ultimately raised enough cash to lure the Foo Fighters to perform one of the first ever crowd funded concerts. Citing the power of social media as the catalyst, Goldin raised a beer to the audience.
Who knows if this success story could possibly change the future of concert business? The idea was clearly attractive to the band who played more that two and a half hours with Grohl stopping to pay an endearing tribute to Dave Brockie, the recently deceased member of revered local act, Gwar. Grohl (and company) encored in true Foo Fighter fashion starting with ‘Aurora’ and ending with “Best of You’.
“I hope we can do this again,” Grohl told the ecstatic crowd.
“Ladies and f***ing gentleman, honestly, this is f***ing awesome. We are definitely coming back to this place.”
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