The Foo Fighters have agreed to play a show in Richmond, Virginia that was orchestrated and crowdfunded without their knowledge. After a months-long campaign by local fans to sell tickets to a show that didn’t yet exist, the band announced their willingness to play the city late Friday evening with a Twitter message that read: “See ya soon…let’s have a good time.”
The Crowdtilt Open campaign was launched in March by Andrew Goldin, a freelance creative director and copywriter, who sought to bring the band back to his hometown for their first show in Richmond since 1998. Goldin and his fellow organizers, Brig White, John McAdorey and Lucas Krost, set a goal of selling 1,400 tickets at $50 each to the hypothetical concert in order to convince the band to return. Donors’ credit cards would only be charged if the show sold out, and the contributions would be returned if the band didn’t agree to play.
As of Saturday, the campaign had raised $70,026, surpassing its goal of $70,000. Two local businesses, Brown’s Volkswagon and Sugar Shack Donuts, each donated $5,000 to the campaign and plan to give away all their tickets.
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“Rather than waiting, and waiting and waiting for our favorite band to come to us, we’re making it happen,” Goldin said in his mission statement. “We’re selling tix to a Foo Fighters concert that the band doesn’t have scheduled yet in the hopes that they’ll come to our great city and play a show. Then if the band comes we all rock out. If they don’t come, everyone gets their money back. Every cent. So buy your tix, spread the word, and let’s make some rock-n-roll history.”
The venue and date for the show have not yet been determined. Watch the people of Richmond make their case in the campaign video below: