Foo Fighters to Headline Grand Opening at the Anthem, Newest Venue by 9:30 Club Owner

"There was never any question about who would open. It was always just the Foos," I.M.P. chairman Seth Hurwitz said

The Anthem, a new music venue opening in D.C. this October, just announced their debut headlining band: The Foo Fighters, slated to take the stage for an Oct. 12 grand opening show.

The Anthem is the newest project from I.M.P, a concert production company that owns and operates the 9:30 Club and several other music venues in the D.C. area.

I.M.P. chairman Seth Hurwitz said the Foo Fighters were always the obvious choice.

"There was never any question about who would open," said Hurwitz in a press release. "It was always just the Foos. I texted Dave some photos of the venue after we started building it and asked him 'Who else should open it?' He said 'Nobody.' That was the end of it."

The relationship between the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and the 9:30 Club is longstanding. Grohl used to attend shows at the club and has played the venue as part of several different bands.

Grohl toured the construction site alongside Hurwitz a few months ago.

"[The Anthem] has the illusion of a stadium, but the intimacy of a nightclub. It's perfect," Grohl said in a press release. "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: on the floor, in a balcony, at the bar, you're going to feel close to the band."

More performers are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Anthem will be located at the Wharf, a mixed-use retail, dining and residential complex set to open along D.C.'s Southwest waterfront in October. The music venue will be able to accommodate anywhere from 2,500 to 6,000 concert goers.

Tickets for the Foo Fighters show will be available online starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

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