As if the Foo Fighters weren’t already a cool enough band, the band have now been elevated to super cool status just by agreeing to perform in Richmond, VA which was all funded by a crowd sourcing fundraiser that they didn’t even know existed. On Friday, the band revealed the good news on Twitter.
The idea for this all came from the mind of Andrew Goldin, a freelance creative director and copywriter, who wanted to being the Dave Grohl-fronted band to his hometown of Richmond where the band last performed at in 1998.
Goldin and his fellow organizers set a goal of selling 1,400 tickets at $50 a pop to a show that actually did not exist at all at first in an effort to get the band to notice the stunt. The deal was that donors’ credit cards would only be charged if the show sold out, and the contributions would be returned if the band didn’t agree to play.
As of today, the campaign had raised $70,026, surpassing its goal of $70,000. Two local businesses, Brown’s Volkswagen and Sugar Shack Donuts, donated $5,000 each and planned to give away all the tickets they received for their contribution.
“Rather than waiting, and waiting and waiting for our favorite band to come to us, we’re making it happen,” Goldin said in his mission statement for the project. “We’re selling tix to a Foo Fighters concert that the band doesn’t have scheduled yet in the hopes that they’ll come to our great city and play a show. Then if the band comes we all rock out. If they don’t come, everyone gets their money back. Every cent. So buy your tix, spread the word, and let’s make some rock-n-roll history.”
And that they did.
The venue and the date for the show have not been determined yet. Watch the mission video below as the people of Richmond make their case to the Foo Fighters, which as now we know, got them to their goal.
Cheers to determination.