Foo Fighters to open new DC venue The Anthem on Southwest Waterfront

Danny Woods
June 14, 2017

The Anthem, I.M.P.'s new concert hall at The Wharf on D.C.'s Southwest waterfront, has an opening act. "It was always just the Foos".

Dave Grohl, the former drummer of Nirvana who started the Foo Fighters in 1994, played at the 9:30 Club's original location on F Street with Nirvana and then at its current V Street location with the Foo Fighters.

Billboard is exclusively reporting that Dave Grohl and company will open Seth Hurwitz's new venue in D.C.

Landing anyone else other than hometown hero Grohl and his Foo Fighters (which also includes Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee) for The Anthem's opening night was never really a question, at least for Hurwitz. "There was no Plan B", I.M.P. chairman and 9:30 Club and The Anthem co-owner Seth Hurwitz said in a statement.

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Tickets for the Foo Fighters' grand opening performance at The Anthem will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets will cost between $100 to $175.

Dave Grohl told Billboard that the venue "is set to become the number one venue in America".

Later this month, I.M.P. will announce more than a dozen 2017 shows at The Anthem, which will have a flexible capacity of anywhere between 2,500 and 6,000 people. He cares about the music. "It's ideal", Grohl said in a press release. "And he knows what he's doing", he said. "It's just been this wonderful, exciting and incredibly fun thing", says the promoter.

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