That crazy plan to get the Foo Fighters to play RVA again, WORKED

Posted at 12:22 AM, Jun 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-17 08:38:03-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The news seems to be pretty official, and directly from the Foo Fighters themselves -- the band will return to Richmond for a show.

The four promoters behind the effort that CBS 6 first told you about, ‘Help bring the Foo Fighters back to RVA!’ have accomplished what many thought was a crazy, cool plan to bring the band back here.  They haven't played in the River City since 1998.

Organizers Andrew Goldin, Brig White, John McAdorey and Lucas Krost convinced 1,400 Foo Fighter fans to buy  a ticket at $50 each, to a concert that did not exist, using Crowdtilt Open. Nobody's credit cards were actually charged unless the show sold out.

Even the band  took notice of the grassroots effort awhile ago, and more people jumped on board in the effort to raise $70,000.  Sugar Shack Donuts and Brown's Volkswagen each supported the effort by each purchasing 100 tickets.

And then on Friday the 13th, with a full moon in the sky -- such auspicious signs must be referenced -- the good news did spring forth from the band's official Twitter page.

"I'm beyond excited," said organizer Andrew Goldin. "Just when I thought I couldn't like this band anymore they go and do something like this."

Goldin, clearly a big fan,  continued excitedly:  "They're all about their fans...such a great band...simply amazing."

"The people of Richmond got together and made this happen," he added.

Although, a lot of people, organizers included were dubious they could sell enough tickets to a, as White put it, "made-up, fake concert. "

“I think I for one never actually believed that it would sell out, that people would actually put money down for a concert that wasn’t scheduled," he said.

There is no concert date set yet, but we will let you know when a date and venue are announced. The National, on Broad Street, can hold 1,500 people.

Ian Kelley, owner of Sugar Shack said they will be "holding contests for the tickets we are giving away once a date is set for the show." Brown Volkswagen plans to do the same. 

"Everything is up to the band – if they want to play a small place, they’ll play a small place," Goldin said. "If they want to play a big place, they’ll play a big place."

Crowdtilt Open provides groups and communities an easy way to collect, fundraise, or pool money securely and effectively online.

Crowdtilt worked closely with Goldin on the campaign.



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