Some Foo Fighters fans from the state where Dave Grohl grew up are trying a novel way of bringing him back.
A campaign on crowdfunding site Crowdhoster has already raised almost $8,000 to help lure the Foo Fighters to Richmond, Virginia, for the first time in more than 15 years.
The campaign's organizers are selling 1,400 tickets to a concert they hope will happen sometime this year. The catch: The band isn't involved in the effort.
"We're just a few friends and fans looking to make this happen," emails Andrew Goldin, who organized the campaign with fellow Richmond locals Brig White, John McAdorey and Lucas Krost. "Came up with the idea and thought it would be a blast to try. The band seems to have so much fun with themselves that we really think it may happen."
The appearance would be Foo Fighters' first in RVA since May 17, 1998. They played at the Classic Amphitheatre, which no longer hosts a summer concert series.
Though Foos frontman Dave Grohl was born in Warren, Ohio — home to the recently defaced Dave Grohl Alley — he spent most his youth in Springfield, Virginia, a couple of hours north from Richmond in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.
A rep for the Foo Fighters didn't have an immediate comment. The rock giants have been working on their eighth album, which promises a "little secret" that's yet to be officially confirmed. The Foo Fighters played a Super Bowl show in New York back in February, but more recently Grohl has been busy with a little band called Nirvana. Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins, meanwhile, just flew off on his own with the Birds of Satan.
The Crowdhoster campaign's goal is $70,000, or $50 apiece for those 1,400 tickets. A venue would still need to be determined, too. And if the show doesn't happen, Goldin & co. promise they'll give all the money back.
Richmond's Foo Fight-ing-est are upbeat. "We have reason to believe they know about it at this point," Goldin notes. "We haven't been shut down, so that's a good sign, right?"
Like the song says, there goes my hero, watch him as he lets me try to book his band.
Check out the Foo Fighters Richmond campaign video below, and get involved here.