This week, the band launched reprints of two retro 1995 tour shirts. All proceeds from the sales are being donated to the U.K.’s #SaveOurVenues campaign and National Independent Venue Association’s #SaveOurStages campaign in the United States.
The ongoing pandemic has greatly impacted the live music industry worldwide. In the U.K., over 400 grassroots venues are in danger of permanently closing. As well, most venues remain closed in the United States as cases continue to spike.
Now, Foo Fighters are giving back to the campaigns and have launched reprints of two classic 1995 tour shirts. Proceeds from the “Roswell Alien Design” shirts will go to each country’s campaign and fundraising efforts.
The U.K.’s shirt commemorates Foo Fighters’ show at London’s King’s College on June 3, 1995. The U.S. shirt commemorates their Feb. 23, 1995 show at Arcata, Calif.’s Jambalaya Club. The shirts are limited edition and they both feature glow-in-the-dark ink on the front just like the original shirts. Youth sizes are also available.
And if you’re in the UK, it commemorates the June 3, 1995 show at Kings College!
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) August 12, 2020
Back in May, Dave Grohl wrote a lengthy op-ed for The Atlantic about the pandemic’s impact on music. In the piece, the frontman remains optimistic about the future despite the uncertain times we are currently in.
“But I do know that we will do it again, because we have to,” he says. “It’s not a choice. We’re human. We need moments that reassure us that we are not alone. That we are understood. That we are imperfect. And, most important, that we need each other.”
As well, Grohl has shown his ongoing support for frontline workers amid the pandemic. In April, he surprised a trauma nurse with a one-on-one livestream performance. Foo Fighters also took part in BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge with artists including YUNGBLUD and Dua Lipa. The performances helped raise money for a handful of COVID-19 charities.
Foo Fighters’ benefit shirts are available to purchase here.
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