Foo Fighters Fans Are Pissed About the Mandatory Vaccine Requirement for Their NYC Show

The band are set to play for fully vaccinated fans at Madison Square Garden later this month
Foo Fighters Fans Are Pissed About the Mandatory Vaccine Requirement for Their NYC Show
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Foo Fighters announced this week that they will soon play the first concert at New York City's Madison Square Gardens since the pandemic began. But many Foo fans are more than a little upset about the show's vaccine policy.

Dave Grohl and co., as well as the venue itself, have stipulated that only fully vaccinated fans will be able to attend the massive concert on June 20. After all, that's what is required to now host such an event in New York.

"Guests must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination - Final Dose 14 Days Before Event," the Ticketmaster event page reads. "Madison Square Garden is complying with New York State mandates that require all guests to be fully vaccinated in such circumstances."

Madison Square Garden's list of exemptions to the rule on its COVID-19 safety policy page only apply to children under the age of 16; unvaccinated kids are allowed to attend events at the venue under its current regulations, but they must provide proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test. Notably, individuals with medical exemptions are not included in the venue's list.

As you could expect, Twitter users have had mixed feelings about the rules, with reactions ranging from vaccinated fans celebrating the clause to anti-vax conspiracy theorists criticizing the band for performing at a venue with any vaccine requirements. Some angry fans have even gone as far as calling on their fellow Foo followers to "bin" the band's albums while blasting the rule as a form of "medical apartheid."

If the controversy is proof of anything at all, it's that it may still be too early to host events of this capacity.

Nevertheless, tickets for the Foo Fighters concert go on sale tomorrow (June 11) at 10 a.m. ET.

See Twitter's reactions below.