The Foo Fighters are putting their shoulders into the cleanup efforts in the wake of the two major natural disasters that have hit Australia and New Zealand in recent months. On Wednesday the group confirmed they will play a pair of shows to raise funds for victims of the Queensland (Australia) floods and Christchurch (New Zealand) earthquake.
Michael Gudinski's Frontier Touring Company will organize and promote the shows, which will take place March 22 at Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand and March 27 at the Riverstage in central Brisbane, Australia.
Gudinski's Frontier Touring had been expected to team with veteran promoters Michael Chugg, Mark Pope and Joe Segreto to resurrect the "Sound Relief" all-star concept, but Tuesday's announcement sees Gudinski's live music company going it alone.
The 2009 "Sound Relief" shows in Sydney and Melbourne raised millions of dollars for victims of the Victorian bushfires, and latter concert broke the record for the biggest ticketed concert in Australia.
Following the Queensland floods in January this year, the team of promoters behind those twin events had set-about staging "Sound Relief Mk 2," but those plans have yet to get off the ground.
Speaking to Billboard.biz, Pope applauded Gudinski's charity concerts but admitted the original concept for a second "Sound Relief" was no closer to coming to fruition.
"There is just so much going on in the world at the moment and with it emotional and mental fatigue that the time just didn't feel right to stage a concert on such a scale as Sound Relief," Pope told Billboard.biz. "There is no point in staging something that for whatever reason fails to deliver an expectation. Sound Relief '09 set the bar very high, and anything under that banner will be judged and compared against what was one very profound and once in a lifetime special moment."
Tickets for the Brisbane Foo Fighters-headlined charity concert will cost $99 Australian ($98) and will go on sale March 21, all profits from which will benefit the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.
Tickets for the Auckland concert will be priced at $175 NZ ($128) and $250 NZ ($182), and will go on sale March 18. All profits will go to the New Zealand Government's Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.
The New Zealand show will feature a string of as-yet unannounced local support acts, while in Brisbane, veteran Australian rock band You Am I and newcomers Cloud Control are among the support acts. The Foo Fighters are welcoming submissions from local bands to take a support spot on the Brisbane bill.