Foo Fighters announce, quickly cancel Minneapolis concert

Foo Fighters fans in Minnesota were likely very excited Tuesday morning, only to be disappointed a short time later.

Just after 9 a.m., the band announced pre-sale details for its 2022 North America tour, which included a stop at Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Aug. 3.

However, just over three hours later, the band tweeted an update saying it would no longer be coming to Minneapolis.

"Due to Huntington Bank Stadium’s refusal to agree to the band’s Covid safety measures, Foo Fighters are unable to perform at that venue. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working on finding a suitable replacement — one that will prioritize the health and safety of everyone working and attending the show," the band’s statement said.

It wasn’t immediately clear what safety measures the band and stadium couldn’t agree on.

The University of Minnesota provided this statement regarding the concert cancellation:

The University of Minnesota has prioritized the health and wellness of our community and beyond since the beginning of the pandemic and to state otherwise is misleading. In fact, University medical and public health experts, as well as the University’s own research, have consistently informed local, state, national and even worldwide approaches to COVID-19 response.

Our on-campus policies related to vaccines, mask wearing, personal hygiene and other precautions are aligned with state and federal guidance. As a result, our University community is highly vaccinated (exceeding 95 percent) and has consistently experienced low infection rates compared to our campus’ surrounding communities.

Huntington Bank Stadium has successfully hosted Gopher Football since August while fully complying with state and federal COVID guidance. All who attend events at our public institution, whether football fans, concert goers, or others, are treated equally and encouraged to take steps to protect themselves and others.