Weezer open for the 'Everlong' and 'Times Like These' hitmakers at this monumental festival
Cai Trefor
12:52 22nd February 2019

Joining Drake, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron Maiden, P!nk, and Muse as a headliner at the historic Rock In Rio multi-day festival in Brazil are Foo Fighters.

Announced yesterday (21 February), with tickets available now, the band will play on 28 September in Palco Mundo, Rio De Janeiro - and get a hero’s welcome.

The site is utterly incredible being within half an hour of Copacabana Beach and surrounded by forest-clad hills. But it's the fans that make it. Check the footage we captured at the last Rock In Rio Brazil, which was in 2017 because Lisbon hosts every other year, as people burst through the gates to line up to see Aerosmith slay the main stage:

You don't see that kind of thing every day.

Rock In Rio is a pilgrimage of sorts for Brazilians. The 1985 edition was the first event to bring rock 'n' roll to the country on this scale. It also coincided with the year of the first democratically elected president.

Asked why it’s special, festival director and the founder’s daughter Roberta Medina tells Gigwise: “The people who go to the festival in Brazil are bringing their kids, grandkids etc for them to know what Rock in Rio is about because it’s such a historical moment for the country. It was a mark and a turning point for their lives, something more than a nice event."

"Is that why the people kiss the ground when they come inside the gates?" we ask.

"Yes exactly."

Therefore, more than any other Foo Fighters event this year, it seem a trip to Rock In Rio would be one to remember for a life time. The renowned passion with which Grohl commands the stage, met with perhaps the most rambunctious but loving crowd in the world - a crowd that some can remember days when such events were the stuff of dreams; and truly appreciate the atmosphere and togetherness at such events - will be an experience to remember.

Warming up for Foo Fighters on the main stage are Weezer, Panic! At The Disco and many more names will be announced soon.

You can discover more details about the other Rock In Rio dates here.


Photo: Simon Sarin