The Garden will be shaky in less than two weeks. At least for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The Foo Fighters announced plans to reopen the Madison Square Garden to the first full audience since March 2020. They will perform at the venue in downtown New York on June 20.
June 20th will also mark the return of Foo Fighters to the tour. Touring was on hold due to the pandemic. Previously, the band had announced the dates of several festivals and concerts. But Madison Square Garden was more than a month ahead of their first performance at the Icon Festival in Cincinnati on July 28.
Tickets will go on sale this week, but will only be open to patrons who can show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. This means that anyone buying tickets needs to have a record of two approved doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, the second dose at least two weeks before the concert date, or a single injection of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The only exception is for fans 16 and under, who can provide proof of COVID-19 negative antigen or PCR testing and be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. “We have been waiting for this day for more than a year,” said Dave Grohl, lead singer of Foo Fighters. “And Madison Square Garden will feel difficult.”
It has been more than 460 days since Madison Square Garden had a performance on its stage or was at full capacity. If the team enters the second round of the playoffs, the New York Knicks had planned to fully open their ticketing, but they were eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks.
The Measures Up to Now
Since March last year, public health officials have restricted MSG’s activities to a small fraction of their full capacity and recently expanded the scope to provide non-social distancing seating areas for fans who can provide proof of full vaccination. There are only 12 days between the announcement and the performance, and the time to fill seats is very limited. Tickets for Foo Fighters Madison Square Garden will go on sale this week. Pre-sales begin almost immediately, and general public sales will begin on June 11.
The Measures Ahead
New York has announced many high-profile events in the past few days as it speeds up its reopening plan. Bruce Springsteen will return to his best-selling personal program “Springsteen on Broadway” later this month, and the city recently announced that it will host a major revival in August. The plan to open the concert is currently in the planning stage. Music legend Clive Davis is responsible for planning the lineup, which has not yet been announced.
Foo Fighters 2021 Tour Dates
Announced as of June 8
June 20 – Madison Square Garden, New York
July 28 – Icon Festival, CIncinnati
July 30 – American Family Insurance Amphitheatre, Milwaukee
August 1 – Lollapalooza, Chicago
August 3 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis
5 of August – Azura Amphitheater, Bonner Springs
August 7 – The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City
9 of August – Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque
September 3 – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester TN
September 5 – Bottlerock Napa Valley, Napa
Source: Ticketnews.com and Official Foo Fighters Website