It looks like Seattle music fans will get a peek at the new Climate Pledge Arena a little sooner than we thought.
Foo Fighters are set to headline the Seattle Center arena’s first concert on Oct. 19, a few days earlier than a Coldplay show that’s still technically being billed as CPA’s grand opening.
While there was no public announcement from the band or arena brass (or even a mention on CPA’s website), a Ticketmaster ticket page for what’s described as “A New Way Home” benefit concert surfaced Thursday morning, indicating tickets would go on sale at noon.
Seattle indie-rock stars Death Cab for Cutie are also on the bill and announced the concert through their email list. Fans can access the sale with a “DCFCSEATTLE” pass code.
Reached Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Climate Pledge Arena and the Seattle Kraken characterized the show as a private gig, with invitations going out this week to “our partners, people who have been involved in the building of Climate Pledge Arena and the bands’ dedicated fan clubs.” There will be no general public on-sale date, though that Death Cab pass code unlocks ticket access for anyone with $94-$120 to spend on them. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the team and arena’s philanthropic arm, the One Roof Foundation, as well as Real Rent Duwamish and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the latter two charities picked by the bands.
It’s no surprise that the Seattle-formed Foo Fighters would get the call to christen the new arena, which has ambitious plans to keep its calendar stacked with shows. Local ties aside, the post-grunge rock lords have been the go-to pick for reopening arenas this year as lockdown restrictions eased. It should be a birth-city celebration for the Foos and frontman Dave Grohl — who recently helped out a Seattle metalhead/real-life hero — less than two weeks before they’re inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The former Nirvana drummer also has a new book slated for an Oct. 5 release.
Prior to Death Cab’s hometown arena slot, frontman Ben Gibbard has a pair of solo shows at The Showbox, Oct. 9-10.