The Foo Fighters canceled their Minnesota stadium concert from their 2022 US schedule after the venue protested safety protocols.
Hours after the popular band revealed their plans for 2022, they decided not to perform at the Minneapolis’ Huntington Bank Arena due to “the venue’s refusal to agree to the band’s COVID-19 safety measures”.
The former drummer and frontman of the Foo Fighters revealed details of the band’s 2022 tour to the United States as they decided to stay in the continent for at least four months, starting from the second quarter. The tour will begin in Pennsylvania and conclude in Los Angeles.
However, according to recent updates, the band has allegedly canceled their Minneapolis concert which was to happen on August 3. Later the band revealed that the cause of the cancellation was due to the stadium’s flawed COVID-19 policies. They are currently looking for an alternative venue for their concert that will respect their safety concerns.
“Due to Huntington Bank Stadium’s refusal to agree to the band’s COVID safety measures, Foo Fighters are unable to perform at that venue,” said the band in a statement.
“We apologize for any inconvenience and are working on finding a suitable replacement one that will prioritize the health and safety of everyone working and attending the show.”
The Huntington Bank Stadium has not imposed mask mandates or vaccination proofs as COVID-19 safety measures as per The Star Tribue reports, the University of Minnesota, where the stadium locates and “declined to change its existing protocols for large events, which have been effective.”
The statement received from the University’s representative further reads, “We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, wear a mask when in large crowds, and take appropriate steps to protect public and personal health.”
Since the Covid-19 restrictions have been relaxed, Foo Fighters receive heavy criticism for requiring their concert attendees to be vaccinated. In protest of the requirement, fans were gathered outside the band’s New York and California concerts that happened in June.
On the band’s stance, the front face of the Cro-Mags, John Joseph mocked the band by calling them “Flu Fighters” and Flu Pfizers” and saying, “What kind of bullshit is that? What kind of fucking bullshit are you fucking dealing with in your fucking head that you would play a vaccinated-only fucking show?” After the concert cancellation news went viral, the University of Minnesota released an official statement that reads, “Huntington Bank Stadium has successfully hosted Gopher Football since August while fully complying with state and federal COVID guidance. All who attend events at our public institution, whether football fans, concertgoers, or others, are treated equally and encouraged to take steps to protect themselves and others”.