LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Musicians Franz Stahl, Chris Shiflett, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters attend The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Chalk up another first for the Foo Fighters

The group’s 2017 itinerary now includes the October 12 opening show at The Anthem, a new venue in Dave Grohl‘s hometown of Washington, D.C. Grohl is friendly with some of The Anthem’s principals and told Billboard that, “The new place is set to become the number one venue in America, I shit you not. It has the illusion of the stadium but the intimacy of a nightclub. It’s perfect.”

The $60 million Anthem, which sits on the Potomac River, can be set up to seat 2.500 to 6,000 fans for any given show, according to builders. Seth Hurwitz of I.M.P., which will operate The Anthem, told Billboard that he Foos were always the choice to be the opening show; “There was no Plan B. It was always just the Foos. I texted Dave some photos of the venue after we started building it and asked him, ‘Who else should open it?’ He said ‘Nobody.’ That was the end of it.”

The Foos recently released a new single called “Run” and have 20 mostly festival dates currently on the books, starting on Friday (June 16) at the Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland.


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