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Foo Fighters announce Cubby Bear show on October 17th, set to be broadcast live online

By Simon Kilmore

The show ties in with the premiere of Sonic Highways featuring the City of Chicago.

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Foo Fighters have announced on Twitter today a special show at the Cubby Bear in Chicago, IL, to coincide with the premiere of their HBO TV series ‘Sonic Highways’. Episode 1 of the series debuts the same night and by no coincidence the city featured in that first episode is Chicago.

The Cubby Bear has a significant role in the history of Foo Fighters and specifically Grohl, it being the location of his first real gig back in 1982 at the age of thirteen, seeing Naked Raygun at the venue.

I saw Naked Raygun back in 1982, at the Cubby Bear in Chicago. I was 13. I loved the intimacy of it; I talked to the singer and I jumped on someone’s head and I felt completely at ease with the band and the audience. It was just a bunch of people having a good time. That’s where my perspective on rock comes from. – Dave Grohl

The poster created to promote this upcoming gig has taken a clear influence from the past in design, featuring a humerus take on making it ‘secret’. Instead of changing their band name as in recent months they have instead changed the names of the band members. So, check out Jeff, Sam, Ben, Billy and Bob this coming Friday.

As per the poster above the show is restricted to people aged 21 and over with tickets going on sale tomorrow via the following link:

Cubby Bear Tickets

Good luck to those trying to get tickets and for those successful, enjoy the show!

UPDATE: The show is also set to be broadcast live online via Facebook although unfortunately it seems for US fans only. See the full press release below:

The highly anticipated new HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuts on Friday, October 17 at 11:00pm (EST). In celebration of the premiere, HBO will collaborate with Facebook to present “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Live from The Cubby Bear,” a live stream of the Foo Fighters premiere party concert, which will be made available to fans in the U.S. on the HBO Facebook page:
Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear will take the stage at Chicago’s The Cubby Bear at midnight (EST) on Friday, October 17 immediately following a screening of the premiere episode. The show will feature the first ever in-concert performance of the new single “Something from Nothing” from the band’s forthcoming album, also titled Sonic Highways (out November 10 on Roswell/RCA).
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways is an unprecedented eight-part documentary series that digs deep into the heart and soul of America’s musical identity. Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, each one-hour episode is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural environment and people that define each city’s unique musical identity.
The premiere episode takes place in Chicago and prominently features The Cubby Bear, a small club with huge personal significance to Grohl, who saw his first punk rock show at the venue – an event that set him on his life’s path.
Fans located in Chicago can attend the concert by purchasing tickets online at beginning Wednesday, October 15 at 10:00am (CST). A two-ticket limit per customer will be strictly enforced and attendees must be 21+. All tickets will be held at will-call and are non-transferable. Ticket holders and their guests must check in at the same time, present government-issued photo ID and immediately enter the venue. Doors open at 8:30pm (CST).
For fans who won’t have the opportunity to attend or catch the live stream of the concert, an archived version of the event will be made available on certain HBO platforms at a later date.

(Photo by Robert Calderon)