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Foo Fighters, the Roots, Imagine Dragons Set for Super Bowl Concerts

Shows will take place in New York City across from the Bud Light Hotel's cruise ship

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs in San Francisco.
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December 19, 2013 11:55 AM ET

The Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons and the Roots will lead the Bud Light Hotel's stacked Super Bowl weekend concert lineup, set to take place in New York City across the street from the hotel's unique location, a cruise ship docked on the Hudson River.

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The recently reassembled Foo Fighters will play February 1st, the night before the big game, along with the Zac Brown Band, whose new record was produced by Foo frontman Dave Grohl. The gig should be a big one for Grohl and Co. who played their first concerts since 2012 earlier this month in Mexico City (plus a surprise gig in a Los Angeles-area pizza joint). While Grohl said the Foo Fighters would be taking a break just a year ago, the band is already at work on a new album: "We’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before," Grohl told Rolling Stone.

The Bud Light Hotel's festivities are slated to kick off January 30th with the Roots curating and headlining a tribute to New York hip-hop, with the group performing alongside Run-D.M.C., Busta Rhymes and other rap luminaries.

Imagine Dragons will play the following night as part of the Pandora Presents party. On February 2nd, the Bud Light Hotel will close up shop with a pre-Super Bowl concert headlined by Fall Out Boy and country star Jake Owen.

The concerts – along with the Bud Light Hotel Lounge, plus day-of and after-parties – will all take place at the revamped Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which will temporarily house the Bud Light Hotel Amphitheater, a heated, two-story, 1,500 person venue.

Also on February 1st, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline WFAN's pre-Super Bowl bash, "Big Hello to Brooklyn" at the Barclays Center, with additional performances from New Politics, MS MR, J Roddy Walston and the Business and Basic Vacation. And as for the Super Bowl's own big concert, the halftime show will be headlined by Bruno Mars. The game is set to take place at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2nd.

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