This is a call to all New York music fans: Foo Fighters will play the first concert at iconic Big Apple arena Madison Square Garden since the coronavirus pandemic began later this month, the rock mainstays announced Tuesday.
Foo Fighters will take the Madison Square Garden stage on June 20, marking the venue's first show since March 10, 2020, when an all-star group featuring Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge and others paid tribute to the Allman Brothers Band.
"We’ve been waiting for this day for over a year," said Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl in a statement. "And Madison Square Garden is going to feel that HARD. New York, get ready for a long ass night of screaming our heads off together to 26 years of Foos."
Big MSGMusic returns to Madison Square Garden on June 20, when the venue will host Foo Fighters.
The Garden's first concert in more than 460 days will host a full-capacity audience of vaccinated fans. The event follows several New York Knicks basketball games held at the arena, including three playoff games in late May and early June that each hosted approximately 15,000 fans.
"The Garden is ready to rock," said MSG Entertainment executive chairman and CEO James Dolan in a statement. "We’ve been waiting for this moment for 15 months and are excited to finally welcome a packed house of roaring, fully-vaccinated Foo Fighters fans to Madison Square Garden."
Prior to the pandemic, Foo Fighters announced "The Van Tour 2020," which was to honor the band's 25th anniversary but was nixed due to the pandemic. Earlier this month, the group announced six cheekily named dates for its 26th anniversary for late July and early August, with promises of "a crapload more" to come. Foo Fighters' summer itinerary also currently includes headlining slots at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and BottleRock.
For its part, MSG Entertainment has been busy in recent weeks, announcing the post-pandemic reopenings of other hallowed properties, including Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre. Both will host full-capacity, vaccinated audiences later this month, the former with Tribeca Film Festival's closing event and the latter with two solo shows by Phish's Trey Anastasio.