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Foo Fighters Confirm First North American Show Of 2017

Foo Fighters have announced their first North American concert for 2017 -- and revealed the California date the group teased earlier this week on its FooFightersPassport.com web site.

The Foos will be one of the headliners for this year's BottleRock Napa Valley festival over Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28), topping a bill that also includes Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, the Roots, Modest Mouse and others. Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 4, via BottleRockNapaValley.com.

Fans are hoping the date will be one of many -- or at least several -- the Foos play in the U.S. this year; The group has been on hiatus since finishing its last trek in November of 2015.

The Foos will be part of the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to  Petty on February 10 in Los Angeles. The group has already announced summer festival dates in Poland, Belgium, Spain and Portugal.

Foos frontman Dave Grohl tells us he likes to let things happen gradually and organically for the band rather than obsessive planning:

"I don't really put too much thought into scheduling the next five years of my life. I just kind of go to the places that feel right. We do the same thing musically; We try not to overthink things. We just start playing, and when it sounds like the Foo Fighters then we have a song. There's never really too much forced decision because then it seems contrived, or maybe not real."

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.