After a long hiatus, New York City’s Madison Square Garden was finally reopened and by none other than the kings of modern rock, Foo Fighters. Kicking off their 26th anniversary tour, the MSG concert was the band’s first show in over 460 days (not counting their recent intimate L.A.) and it was also the first show held at MSG since March 10th, 2020. To no surprise, Foo Fighters played a sold out show to over 15,000 fully vaccinated fans in the iconic venue, which had them selling over 15,371 tickets and grossing over $1.4 million, according to Billboard.
It marked Foo Fighters’ fourth performance at the Garden and the beginning of their slew of summer arena/festival shows — the band’s next show is set for the L.A. Forum on July 17th, which is followed by their already sold out Cincinnati date on July 28th. However, apart from the significance of reopening MSG after it’s unprecedented 15 month closure, this Foo Fighters performance was additionally significant as it was only accessible to fully vaccinated attendees (with the exemption of children under 16, who had to bring proof of a recent negative Covid test).
To that end, Foo Fighters were of course met with anti-vax protestors outside their MSG show, as well as at their prior intimate show in L.A. And while this might be a given at any type event that requires goers to be fully vaccinated — at least early on in this turn back to normalcy — the number of vaccinated attendees as these Foo Fighters shows has been substantially greater than the number of misguided protesters outside of them.
Overall, the decision to require attendees to be fully vaccinated emboldened Foo Fighters and their iconic status, and it cemented them as the best possible band to reopen rock shows, more so live concerts in the U.S. It’s only fitting to see that Foo Fighters is apart of this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, as the band has truly had a monumental impact on pop-culture and rock music over the last 26 years.