Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are headed for summer Down Under.
Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are headed for summer Down Under. Grant Pollard

Foo Fighters will return to Australian stadiums for a summer of rock in January

FOO Fighters will launch a rockin' new year with a stadium tour of Australia in January.

After teasing Sydney fans with an intimate gig with drummer Taylor Hawkins in his covers band Chevy Metal last week, Dave Grohl revealed he will return with the full Foos line-up for their Concrete and Gold world tour in early 2018.

The tour will kick off at Perth's nib Stadium on January 20 and then head around the country with concerts at Adelaide's Coopers Stadium on January 23, Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on January 25, Sydney's ANZ Stadium on January 27 and Melbourne's Eithad Stadium on January 30.

American indie rock legends Weezer will join the Foos on the Australian leg with a local band from each city given the chance to open the concert in front of tens of thousands of rock fans.

The band release their much-anticipated new studio record Concrete and Gold on September 15, featuring a host of eclectic guests including Paul McCartney playing drums and Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman adding vocals.

One of the first tastes of the new record is the single The Sky Is A Neighbourhood, with Grohl directing his daughters Violet and Harper in the video.

The Foos, who have enjoyed a love affair with Australian rock audiences with marathon shows lasting three hours last graced our stadium stages on their Sonic Highways tour in early 2015.

The band took time out after that tour to allow Grohl to recover from his broken leg after falling off stage during a concert in Sweden.

They jokingly refer to the hiatus as the "I Hate Us”, a time-out for the fans as much from each other.

"I didn't touch an instrument for months, I didn't want to see a guitar. Eventually I started picking up the guitar and coming up with melodies,” Grohl said.

"One of the things about getting the band together to work is once the wheels start rolling, it's a f ... ing steamroller and it rolls over everything else in your life.

"So I am always a little worried about starting things up again knowing it's gonna be another couple of years of that.”

Grohl said he has fully recovered from the injury and promises fans another epic collection of their favourite songs from Everlong, Learn To Fly and The Pretender to songs from the new album including the first single Run.

A Frontier Touring Members pre-sale will begin on September 19 with all general tickets available from September 22 at staggered times for each state to minimise traffic on the ticketing websites.

Tickets for Melbourne and Perth will be available from noon, Sydney at 1pm, Brisbane at 3pm and Adelaide at 4pm local times.



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