Foo Fighters cancel show over venue’s Covid policy

Foo Fighters cancel show over venue’s Covid policy

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Foo Fighters have opted to cancel a show in their upcoming summer tour due to the venue’s ‘refusal to agree’ with their Covid safety measures.

The Dave Grohl-fronted rock band was set for a show in Minneapolis in August of next year at the Huntington Bank Stadium as part of their US tour. 

However, the band have decided to pull out of this particular concert and are looking for a new location for fans to enjoy their music. 

Sharing a statement on Twitter on Tuesday, they wrote: ‘Due to Huntington Bank Stadium’s refusal to agree to the band’s Covid safety measures, Foo Fighters are unable to perform at that venue. 

‘We apologise for any inconvenience and are working on finding a suitable replacement – one that will prioritize the health and safety of everyone working and attending the show. 

The band did not expand on their reasons to cancel the show or explain what exactly the venue did not provide. 

A spokesperson for the stadium, which is located on the campus of the University of Minnesota, released a statement to The Star Tribune (via RadioX) saying they have ‘declined to change its existing protocols for large events, which have been effective’. 

‘We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, wear a mask when in large crowds, and take appropriate steps to protect public and personal health,’ they added. 

Foo Fighters have been requiring concert attendees to provide proof of vaccination or of a negative test before entering the venues. 

The band’s decision received mixed reactions from fans: some people seemed supportive of the Foo Fighter’s attempt to keep them safe while others criticised the move’s efficacy.

‘Thank you for caring about your fans and doing your part to prioritize public health!’ wrote one fan. ‘This household supports your decision and are looking to buying tickets to the new venue.’

‘What, exactly, was the protocol that you thought was so necessary?  You all realize COVID isn’t going anywhere, right?  This’ll continue forever,’ commented another.

‘Thank you @foofighters for standing your ground on this. I’m in Minneapolis and hope you can find another outdoor venue for us here.,’ wrote a further commenter. 

‘I know you guys will probably catch flack from the segment of the population that believes Covid is overblown, but I applaud you for putting the safety and health of everyone at the event or working it first,’ read another message of support.

The band had previously been targeted by anti-vaxxers when returning to live shows this summer. 

Ahead of a gig in at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California in June, protesters upset by the band’s support of the Covid-19 vaccine gathered outside the venue.

The band only allowed fully vaccinated people to attend the full-capacity event, which was a trial run for their much-anticipated Madison Square Garden concert in New York. 

The protesting fans were led by actor Ricky Schroder, 51, and held banners with slogans such as ‘Stop the hate in the vaccine debate’ and ‘modern segregation’.

The vaccine has been proven to reduce the likelihood of people getting seriously ill or dying from Covid-19.

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