Foo Fighters gig made $350,000
Last updated 11:13 03/05/2011
A one-off charity gig in Auckland by the Foo Fighters raised more than $350,000 for the earthquake relief fund in Christchurch.
The figures, released today, show the band's March 22 concert at the Auckland Town Hall made $354,903 for Christchurch, money which was donated to the Government's Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.
Tickets for the show, which sold out in minutes, ranged between $175 and $250 but many fans said the three-hour running time of the show, and getting to see one of the world's biggest rock acts in an intimate venue, was more than worth the money. They also played their new album Wasting Light, it its entirety.
The Dave Grohl-fronted act also raised A$770,717 for the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal following a Brisbane show performed shortly after the Auckland one.
Frontier Touring Company spokesman Michael Gudinski said Grohl was determined to help New Zealand and Australia out in their time of need.
"The overwhelming success of the concerts and the more than $1 million raised across the two countries shows how much the Foos care for the people of Australia and New Zealand and they displayed this by staging two of the more memorable rock shows in recent times."