Music Times reported earlier this week that the Foo Fighters could be in quite a bit of financial trouble if frontman Dave Grohl isn't able to bounce back quickly from the leg fracture he suffered a few weeks ago...but it seems our fears are assuaged as the band has hinted that he'll be back at the fore for the band's July 4th concert in Washington D.C.
"Can't f***ing wait for the 4th!!! See you at home, DC," read the Twitter status offered by the band this week. We'll take that as a positive sign.
The Washington D.C. concert will be more than just the opening date of the band's extensive North American tour, as well as more than just a July 4th celebration. The concert will mark the band's 20th anniversary and will feature an all-star lineup of rockers to celebrate. Buddy Guy, Joan Jett, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, LL Cool J and Trombone Shorty will perform ahead of the headliners at RFK Stadium. If the Foo weren't able to perform, one would have to imagine that the rest of the concert would fold as well. And although the band has never addressed the idea of finding a substitute for its frontman, replacing the figurehead of the band seems somewhat sacrilege.
All those theoretical situations are moot however, as it would seem Grohl will be back onstage (granted, don't expect him to be hopping around as he might at regular Foo shows).
The band was forced to cancel the rest of its European tour (including a headlining slot at Glastonbury over the weekend) after Grohl fell from a stage in Gothenburg, Sweden. Billboard hypothesized that a cancellation of the 44-date North American run, which begins on Saturday in D.C., would negate up to $60 million in earnings for the band.
We know it was never about the money for Grohl...but $60 million is nothing to sniff at.