This November, Foo Fighters will rock stadiums around Australia in what is not only their biggest tour Down Under but also likely to be the biggest rock show of the year.
Announced today, Dave Grohl and company -along with special guests, Jack Black's awesome comedy rock duo Tenacious D will kick off the visit at Perth's nib Stadium on November 28 before continuing around Australia and New Zealand.
Much loved in this country, the Foos have sold millions of albums worldwide and return armed with a quality back-to-basics release in seventh full-length Wasting Light. Yet the down-to-earth Grohl still remains anxious about whether his band can fill our stadiums.
"Could you imagine being so presumptuous that you just decide we're back and we're playing the biggest f****** place you have," he told journalists back stage at Foo Fighters' concert in Milton Keynes, England, on Saturday.
"I don't know how you guys see our band but we don't see our band that way. We still see ourselves as the band that won the lottery and wound up playing Wembley. We don't feel entitled to your stadiums."
The incongruity of Grohl's attitude was underlined by the fact that this bloke, who still introduces himself with "Hi, I'm Dave", was about to step on stage in front of 65,000 fans two days in a row at the Milton Keynes Bowl, north London.
Further confirming Foo Fighters' status as rock giants was the appearance on stage of the band's heroes, including Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Bob Mould of Husker Du and Alice Cooper. The latter shock rocker sang School's Out and 18, backed by the excited fan-boys of the Foos.
Three years ago, the band sold out the near 100,000-capacity Wembley stadium twice, yet Grohl still resisted the idea of putting the two Milton Keynes concerts on sale before releasing Wasting Light.
"I remember they put the tickets on sale and I was so nervous the night before in my living room," Grohl recalls.
"I said to my wife, I'm kind of really scared about this Milton Keynes thing … it's so huge."
The shows sold out in days. The chances are Australia will be no different. Promoter Michael Gudinski expects all 30,000 tickets to the Perth show to be snapped up quickly.
Dave Grohl may have to accept that Foo Fighters really are that kind of band.Tickets to all shows go on sale July 18, with a pre-sale via frontiertouring.com kicking off 1pm next Thursday.
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