The Foo Fighters are learning to fly to the last frontier. The American rock band and 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees have announced three shows in Alaska set for August.
The shows will include a two-night stand at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage on the 17th and 19th of August, and a final show at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks on August 21.
The Foos were one of the first major bands in the U.S to return to large scale touring when they appeared at Madison Square Garden last month. The band is currently slated for a number of gigs in the U.S throughout 2021 before heading over to Europe in 2022.
Even though the band has a number of confirmed tour dates in the very near future, those gigs might now be in doubt: last night, a post to the band’s Facebook page confirmed that someone within the Foo’s organisation has an active COVID-19 case. It was unspecified whether the afflicted individual was a band member, crew member, or other employee with close contact with the band.
The confirmed case did not appear to affect the band’s announcement of their Alaska shows. Rock bands appearing in the 49th are understandably rare: the closest major U.S city is Seattle, the hometown of bassist Nate Mendel and adopted home base of Dave Grohl during his Nirvana years, which is usually a three and a half hour plane ride that doesn’t feedback into many major markets.
2021 is already shaping up to be another major year for the Foo’s. Embracing their status as dad rock gods, the band is cheekily celebrating their 26th anniversary this year, due to being unable to celebrate their round-numbered 25th anniversary last year, and are putting out a Bee Gee’s tribute EP Hail Satin as the Dee Gee’s to celebrate in style. The band’s tenth studio album, Medicine At Midnight, was also released earlier this year.