Dave Grohl Believes Crowdfunded Shows Could Be Future Of Touring

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl is a badass visionary who has made it his life’s work to make sure people understand the power music can possess. That’s not something he has stated publicly or written in some rarely read blog, but rather an outsider’s perspective on what the Foo Fighters’ frontman has spent his life working towards. Be it recording or speaking publicly, Grohl has done everything in his power to make people care about real music once again.

Recently, Grohl took his efforts to move the industry forward one step further by speaking out in favor of seeing more bands perform crowdfunded shows. Grohl told a South African radio station, “It could become the way that bands decide where they want to play. It’s a fun thing; it sort of changes the game. For the past 20 years we always decided who we’re going to play with and where we’re going to play. But now, if we hear that people want us to come somewhere, maybe we’ll come there.”

These comments follow headlines that broke last week, which stated that Foo Fighters would be playing a crowdfunded and fan-organized show in Richmond, Virginia sometime in the near future. The campaign was launched by Andrew Goldin, a Foo fan who wanted the band to play their first show there since 1998. He and several collaborators set a goal of selling 1,400 tickets at $50 each, promising donors they would only be charged if the concert sold out, and that their money would be returned if the band didn’t agree to play. Word of the efforts being made eventually reached the band and the rest, as they say in the movies, is history.

Would you donate to a crowdfunding campaign aimed at bringing your favorite artist to town? Comment below and let us know your thoughts on this new industry idea.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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