WASHINGTON — The band sang “Everlong,” but tickets didn’t last very long.
Tickets to see the Foo Fighters sold out instantly at 10 a.m. Friday, as fans flocked to check out the inaugural show at The Anthem, which opens at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront on Oct. 12.
“Tickets sold out in a minute, which is predictable considering how many people love the Foos — and people are really excited to see The Anthem,” communications director Audrey Fix Schaefer said.
I.M.P. chairman Seth Hurwitz echoed the high demand for the 6,000-seat space.
“I wish everyone could be there, but it just doesn’t hold that many,” Hurwitz said. “We don’t sell to secondary vendors — ‘scalpers’ as they were called in ancient times — so that’s not the problem here. We have a lot of interest from some very big acts, so it’s a nice problem to have, I must admit. I’m guessing it will be the same situation with Lorde on sale next week, but they won’t all be like that.”
In addition to Lorde, The Anthem will announce dozens of other shows in the coming weeks.
If you did get a ticket, you should note that they are non-transferable. The name on the photo I.D. must match the name of the ticket buyer listed on the ticket face in order to gain entry. If multiple tickets were purchased, the guest must enter at the same time as the purchaser before the show.
The Foo Fighters have become hometown heroes in D.C., as frontman Dave Grohl spent his formative years at the original 9:30 Club on F Street, first as a patron then behind the drums of his early bands Scream and Nirvana. He would later play the new 9:30 Club location with the Foo Fighters and Them Crooked Vultures. Most recently, he visited RFK Stadium for the Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary tour.
“The new place is set to become the number one venue in America,” Grohl said. “It has the illusion of a stadium, but the intimacy of a nightclub. It’s perfect. From a production standpoint, it’s got everything an arena-touring band would need, but it offers a tighter vibe with an audience than those bigger rooms. Every vantage point is the best seat in the house. I mean, they really put a lot of thought into the audience perspective. Doesn’t matter where you are … you’re going to feel close to the band.”