Dave Grohl and co set to come back to the UK in June
Andy Hill
08:45 12th October 2017

Foo Fighters this morning announced a string of UK stadium show to support latest release Concrete and Gold. The 'Best Of You' stars will travel to Manchester and London only, with tickets expected to sell out fast. 

The band will play Manchester Etihad Stadium 19 June and London Stadium 22 & 23 June. With tickets set to be available here. The general on sale is on Friday 20 October.

Earlier this year the band headlined Glastonbury, launched a pop-up pub in east London the same week they played the 02, and welcomed Rick Astley of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ fame onstage for a series of tongue-in-cheek guest spots.

In a barrage of teasing tweets yesterday and today the band shared images of themselves against a Union Jack background, fuelling speculation that they were about to hit the road.

Very much in their pomp at the moment, last weekend Foo Fighters performed at Cal Jam Festival, featuring guest guitarist Joe Perry. Perry, who performed the original Cal Jam festival back in 1978, joined forces with the Foos for ‘Draw The Line’.

For their latest album the band have enlisted producer Greg Kurstin, who despite working formerly for Sia, Kelly Clarkson and Adele, has made Foo Fighters an even more hard-rocking proposition in the second half of the record.

Last night the band opened a new venue in Washington DC, with tickets selling for robust prices online, and Grohl was able to gush about his love of DC hardcore and dedicated 'La Dee Da' to Trouble Funk.

Beloved by UK audiences for timeless bangers like ‘My Hero’, ‘The Pretender’, ‘All My Life’ and ‘Everlong’, the group have inhabited the top-end of the rock zeitgeist since Grohl broke his leg a couple of years ago and was forced to emotionally postpone a Glastonbury headline spot.

A fortnight ago Foo Fighters joined ex-pat British comic and actor James Corden for a balls-out edition of ‘Carpool Karaoke’, the consistently popular viral segment on his ‘Late, Late Show’ CBS nightly show.

Also supporting the release this week of the group’s ninth studio album Concrete and Gold, Grohl and bandmates joined Corden in a series of lusty renditions including ‘All My Life’, Best Of You’ and ‘Learn To Fly.’ All-new track ‘The Sky Is A Neighbourhood’ was also given the SUV-singalong treatment.

Between numbers the group shared detailed memories including the time the ex-Nirvana drummer broke his leg on stage in Gothenburg, Sweden.

"I told the audience I’m gonna fix this, then be back,’ Growl recalled. ‘SO they pull me off to the side and tell me it’s dislocated. They put gauze in my mouth, said 'bite on this'."

It gets worse: "My leg was broken too, so I said, ok “can I finish the show?” This guy helping me said “well, I have to hold your ankle in place”. So I was like, you gotta him onstage.

"It was the best show we ever had."

Later in the segment the band swing by a music shop, where Grohl, drummer Taylor Hawkins and Corden compete in an impromptu comic drum off, before all taking to the instore stage and performing Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, a recent tour favourite also performed at the 02, London on Tuesday (September 19).

In a separate interview guitarist Chris Shiflett told Gigwise about the time they jammed with Paul McCartney, their relationship with new über-producer Greg Kurstin and discussed a recorded but never-to-be released Foo Fighters album.

As the tweets rolled out teasing the tour, one in particular seemed designed to galvanise, emblazoned with the legend ‘ARE YOU F*UCKING READY?’

Well, are you f*cking ready?

Foo Fighters tour dates
19 June Manchester Etihad Stadium - Tickets
22 June London Stadium -
23 June London Stadium -

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