Foo Fighters drop Minneapolis stadium from US tour over venue’s COVID-19 policies

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Foo Fighters previously required all attendees at their concerts to be fully vaccinated

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Hours after announcing their 2022 US tour, the Foo Fighters said they would not play at the Huntington Bank Arena in Minneapolis due to “the band’s refusal to agree to COVID-19 safety measures”.

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Dave Grohl and co. announced the details of the 2022 stadium tour of North America, hitting 16 dates across the continent from May to August next year. The tour will begin in Pennsylvania and end in Los Angeles.

However, in a new update, the band has revealed that their Minneapolis show will not go ahead on August 3 at Huntington Banks Stadium. In a new tweet, the band said the cancellation is due to Foo Fighters’ refusal to comply with proposed COVID-19 safety measures, and that they are looking for a replacement venue that will comply.


“Due to the band’s refusal to agree to COVID safety measures at Huntington Bank Stadium, the Foo Fighters are unable to perform at that venue,” a statement from the band said.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and are working on finding a suitable replacement that will prioritize the health and safety of everyone working and participating in the show.”

NS star tribune, Via stereogam, reports that masks, proof of vaccine or negative test results are not mandatory for attendance at the event at Huntington Bank Stadium.

In a statement, a stadium representative told The Star Tribune The University of Minnesota, where the stadium resides, “refused to replace it”. Existing protocols for large events, which are effective.

“We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, wear masks in large crowds, and take appropriate steps to protect public and personal health,” it continued.


Since the return of in-person concerts, the Foo Fighters have come under fire for their previous requirement that punters be vaccinated for attending their concerts. Protests took place outside the band’s California and New York shows in June.

Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph has previously criticized the band’s stance, calling them ‘flu fizers’ and ‘flu fighters’: “What kind of bullshit are you doing? Mind you, you’ll only play the fucking show with vaccinations?

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