Foo Fighters Abruptly Withdraws 2022 Gophers Stadium Concert Due to COVID Policies – .

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Foo Fighters Abruptly Withdraws 2022 Gophers Stadium Concert Due to COVID Policies – .


Sign of the continuing chaos in the concert industry over COVID protocols, the Foo Fighters concert announced for August 3 at Huntington Bank Stadium was abruptly pulled from the venue due to a disagreement over vaccine requirements . A new Twin Cities location is wanted for the date.

Just an hour after announcing the Minneapolis concert at the Gophers Football Stadium on Tuesday morning as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ new 16-city tour, the band pulled their tour itinerary and quickly released a declaration.

“Due to Huntington Bank Stadium’s refusal to accept the group’s COVID policies, the Foo Fighters will not be able to play in this venue,” the group’s statement read. “We apologize for any inconvenience and are working to find a suitable replacement – one who will prioritize the health and safety of all who work and attend the show. “

Huntington Bank Stadium has not demanded masks, proof of vaccine or negative test results for Gophers football games this season. In most cases, however, venues that have not yet implemented vaccine and testing requirements for events have committed to abiding by these policies at concerts if the performers so request.

The biggest local exceptions so far have been concerts at the Mystic Lake Casino: The Jonas Brothers have always performed there despite demand for a vaccine, but Elvis Costello has moved his concert to First Avenue to adhere to his protocols. of security. It looks like the Foo Fighters are doing the same play as Costello – but sadly probably not at First Avenue, which is a date co-promoter of Twin Cities with Chicago’s Jam Productions.

There could be legal concerns involved. The University of Minnesota was sued in September by a student at its Duluth campus over the school system’s vaccine requirements for enrolled participants.

The Foo show was set to be the first major concert in five years at the newly renamed Huntington Bank Stadium, which was popular with spectators before the lull. Formerly TCF Bank Stadium, this 50,000-seat open-air venue has hosted concerts by the Rolling Stones and U2 in the Twin Cities of the 21st century, as well as memorable appearances by Beyoncé and One Direction in the mid-1980s. 2010.

Tickets for Wednesday night’s Foo concert were supposed to go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. on AXS.com, but the ticket portal has now been closed. Stay tuned for updates when a new location is confirmed.

Given that the Twins will play at home at Target Field the first week of August, US Bank Stadium seems the most likely candidate for the show. But Foo’s tour has enough gaps in its itinerary to eventually allow the show to move on to another week this summer.

It’s been a while since the Foo Fighters have been in town, dating back to the date of the 2018 Concrete and Gold Tour marathon at the Xcel Energy Center. The band had an eventful year even without touring, with the release of a new album (“Medicine at Midnight”) and Grohl’s best-selling memoir (“The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music”) alongside Paul McCartney – Led onboarding to RRHOF last month during the group’s first year of eligibility.

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