Foo Fighters: New Zealand Tour 2024
This is a call to see the Dave Grohl-fronted band at Mt Smart Stadium with Dick Move and other special guests.
October 13, 2023
It's times like these that you can add a big summer gig to your diary, with Foo Fighters coming to Auckland in January 2024. The Dave Grohl-fronted rockers will make their first visit Down Under since drummer Taylor Hawkins passed away in March 2022.
The band unsurprisingly took a break from touring after Hawkins' death, only returning to live gigs in 2023. In Auckland, they're headed to Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday, January, 20 with special guests and Dick Move in support .
Picking up the sticks: ex-The Vandals, Devo, Guns N' Roses and A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese, taking on the likely-daunting task of being the touring drummer in a band led by Nirvana drummer Grohl. Freese's stint with the band was announced in May, ahead of their first tour dates.
When they hit our shores, the new-look Foo Fighters will weave in tunes from their new record But Here We Are, which released in June. Of course, all the hits from across their career will get a whirl, with their current setlist including everything from 'This Is a Call', 'Big Me' and 'Monkey Wrench' through to 'Learn to Fly', 'The Pretender' and 'Best of You'. And, yes, 'Everlong', because it wouldn't be a Foo Fighters show without it.
'I'll Stick Around', which is also on the list, isn't just a song title from the group's first album. Given that their new tour comes 28 years after that debut release in 1995, it perfectly sums up Foo Fighters' longevity. Over the years, they've made it Down Under a heap of times, released 11 studio albums including the just-dropped But Here We Are, and made 2022 horror movie Studio 666.
Top image: Jo via Wikimedia Commons.
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