Foo Fighters' U. S. Summer Tour To Begin In Detroit

First they'll play the Tibet Freedom Concert.

With few exceptions, the Foo Fighters will shun the summer

festival and outdoor amphitheater circuit on their upcoming tour in support of

The Colour And The Shape. The Dave Grohl-led band has finally announced

its upcoming concert schedule, just as their sophomore album is making its

debut showing in Billboard's top ten.

The Foos will stop in 12

American cities plus Toronto during a tour that will span the month of July.

While the band will play Milwaukee's 10,000-seat Summerfest venue early on, the

rest of its gigs will take place in large clubs and ballrooms with capacities

of 1,000 to 2,500. Opening the tour will be Britpoppers Supergrass.

Over half

of the gigs are centered in the Great Lakes and Midwest regions. The Foo

Fighters will make only two east coast stops, and will close the tour with

three dates out west. Venues for concerts in San Francisco and Seattle are as

yet unnamed.

The first single off the new album, "Monkey Wrench," has

gotten heavy MTV rotation and solid airplay on Modern Rock stations.

The

Foos are currently on tour in Europe. Before the full slate of U.S. dates gets

underway, the band will interrupt their European jaunt to play on the June 7

bill of the Tibetan Freedom Festival in New York.

Earlier this spring,

Grohl & Co. made low-key U.S. outings in Los Angeles and Rockville, Maryland.

For most fans, however, the upcoming tour will offer the first live glimpse of

new Foo drummer Taylor Hawkins (ex-Alanis Morissette). Hawkins took over the

kit from William Goldsmith earlier this year.

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