By Philip Cosores
Touring for major rock bands is big business, as any rock fan has surely acknowledged by now. For those rarified artists who tour stadiums, it’s really big business. Between ticket and merch sales, there are millions to be made on a tour of that scale.
When head Foo Fighter Dave Grohl fell off the edge of the stage at a concert in Sweden earlier this month, dislocating his ankle and breaking his fibula, he finished the show, able to salvage the single gig. But, the band also had to cancel the remaining seven shows of the the their European tour.
Billboard speculates that the cancellation will cost the band about $10 million “in lost fees and travel expenses not offset by box office revenue.”
But, they suppose, the financial hit will be considerably harder if the band have to cancel shows on their upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to start on July 4 in Washington, D.C., twenty years to the day from the release of the very first Foo Fighters album.
The Foo Fighters haven’t indicated that the U.S. shows are in danger of being cancelled, but Billboard reported that they got a “no comment” when they asked “the band’s handlers” about whether or not the tour will begin as planned next week.