On the day of Foo Fighters‘ unscheduled concert in Richmond, Virginia, the city’s mayor has officially recognized September 17th as “Foo Fighters Day RVA.” In a proclamation signed and stamped today, Mayor Dwight C. Jones cited seven reasons tied to the crowd-funding campaign that brought them there to laud the band, whose frontman grew up 90 minutes away in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. A photograph of the document is viewable on Consequence of Sound.
The official document details the campaign’s history, from its March 2014 post on crowdfunding platform Tilt to the day “Foo Fighters announced via Twitter that they would be performing Richmond’s National Theater.” The band’s fans managed to raise $70,026 of its $70,000 goal to get the band to play its first concert in the city since 1998. Rewards were doled out at $50 apiece, with two $5,000 donations coming from local businesses that planned to give away their tickets.
The concert is taking place nearly two months before the band issues its eighth album, Sonic Highways. That record will contain eight songs, each recorded in a different studio in various U.S. cities with unique musical backgrounds. It will hit store shelves on November 10th.
As the group worked on the album, Grohl also worked on a documentary – also titled Sonic Highways – in which he interviewed notable musicians and celebrities in each of the cities where the group recorded. The eight-episode series will air on HBO and, as shown in its trailer, will feature the frontman’s interviews with Dolly Parton, Slash, Willie Nelson and even President Barack Obama.