Dave Grohl: 'Crowdfunded Shows Could Become the Way Bands Decide Where to Play'

"It's a fun thing; it sort of changes the game," Foo Fighters mainman adds.

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After Foo Fighters agreed to perform on a fan-organized crowdfunded show in Richmond, Virginia, frontman Dave Grohl described such an approach as the potential future of concert organizing.

"I'm telling you, it could become the way that bands decide where they want to play," Dave told 5FM (via Rolling Stone). "It's a fun thing; it sort of changes the game.

"For the past 20 years we always decided who we're going to play with and where we're going to play. But now, if we hear that people want us to come somewhere, maybe we'll come there," he added.

As for the mentioned show, the concert was organized by freelance creative director and copywriter Andrew Goldin, who started selling $50 tickets for a non-existent Foos gig, promising donors they will only be charged if the show is sold out and the band agrees to perform.

Needless to say, Grohl and co. agreed to rock Richmond for the first time since 1998, possibly marking the beginning of future for rock touring.

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    everyone wants you to come play at their shows... that would result in "the one who pays the most, get us" wich would suck and make ticket prices ridiculously expensive.... I get that's not how it goes NOW, but if everone starts doing it, it will
    What about the actual attendance from the promoter's point of view? There's only a handful of bands that can really justify super-inflated prices and still expect people to go.
    Well, the way it goes now is pretty much juts going to whoever waves enough money at the band.
    I think it would be a good way to play shows in places you wouldn't normally play, but if it was all the time? I don't really see how that could work.
    With a little more tweaking I believe that crowd funding will be the next thing to change the music game just like digital sales have punched CD's in the dick. But hey, at least vinyl is making a huge comeback.