Foo Fighters Are Heading Down Under This Summer for a Hefty Stadium Tour of Australia and New Zealand

This is a call to see the Dave Grohl-fronted band on their first headline tour of Australia and NZ since 2018.
Sarah Ward
Published on June 05, 2023

It's times like these that you can add a big summer gig to your diary, with Foo Fighters announcing their next trip Down Under for a two-country, eight-city stadium tour. Kicking off in Perth in late November to see out spring, then doing the rest of the Australian rounds in December before hitting New Zealand in January, the Dave Grohl-fronted rockers will embark on their first headline tour of Australia and NZ since 2018. It's also their first visit Down Under since drummer Taylor Hawkins passed away in March 2022.

Foo Fighters were last in Australia that same month and year, playing a huge Geelong show to help launch Victoria's post-COVID-19 lockdowns live music program. The band unsurprisingly took a break from touring after Hawkins' death, only returning to live gigs just last month. Alongside Perth, they'll play Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington in Aotearoa.

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 on Friday, June 2. 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.

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'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.

When they take to the stage again in Australia, they'll do so with Queensland punk act The Chats in support on a stack of dates, Manchester's Hot Milk also playing with them on the east coast, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers doing Melbourne and Body Type in Adelaide. In NZ, Dick Move are doing the honours, plus yet-to-be-announced special guests.


Wednesday, November 29 — ​HBF Park, Perth, with The Chats and Teenage Jones
​Saturday, December 2 — ​Coopers Stadium, Adelaide, with The Chats and Body Type
​Monday, December 4 — ​AAMI Park, Melbourne, with Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers and Hot Milk
​Saturday, December 9 — ​Accor Stadium, Sydney, with The Chats and Hot Milk
​Tuesday, December 12 — ​Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, with The Chats and Hot Milk
​Saturday, January, 20 — ​GO Media Stadium Mt Smart, Auckland, with special guests and Dick Move
​Wednesday, January 24 — ​Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, with special guests and Dick Move
​Saturday, January 27 — ​Sky Stadium, Wellington, with special guests and Dick Move

Foo Fighters are touring Australia in November and December 2023, and New Zealand in January 2024. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, June 15, with times varying per city — and an Amex pres-sale from Friday, June 9, then a Frontier pre-sale from Tuesday, June 13 from staggered times. Head to the tour website for further details.

Top image: Scarlet Page.

Published on June 05, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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