Foo Fighters are taking the place of Pantera at two German festivals, according to Ultimate-Guitar.com. Due to some of frontman Phil Anselmo's “past controversies” regarding his stance on race and culture, the Foos will step in on June 2nd at Nürburgring's Rock Am Ring and on June 4th at Nürnberg's Rock Im Park.
Longtime Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel told us a while back what he thinks has been a key to the Foos' longevity: “Well, one of the things, I think, that's made the band work so well is how we kind of structured it in the beginning and the opportunity we had, because Dave had been in Nirvana, to do things the way we wanted to do it. We didn't have the pressure that a lot of bands do of having to write the hit song. I mean, thankfully Dave's a good songwriter and able to write catchy songs, but we don't have that pressure where you have somebody breathing over your shoulder, and I think that really is something that destroys a lot of bands.”
There has been no word as to who'll be filling the drum slot for the Foos following Taylor Hawkins' death last year.
UPDATED: Foo Fighters tour dates (subject to change):
May 26 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling Music Festival
May 28 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Arts & Music Festival
June 18 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
June 2 – Nürburgring, Germany – Rock Am Ring
June 4 – Nürburg, Germany – Rock Im Park
September 9 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – The Town