Foo Fighters are mourning the death of their longtime stage manager, Andy Pollard.
A statement from the band has confirmed that Pollard, who was their stage manager for 12 years, has passed away this morning (June 18). The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Pollard served as a stage manager and head of the lighting crew for more than 20 years. In addition to the Foos, he conducted the stage for Kings Of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Arcade Fire, and Tenacious D. He also performed lighting for Arctic Monkeys, Iggy Pop, and Bjork.
“We are shocked and devastated by this loss,” Foo Fighters said in a statement. “We cannot imagine being on stage without Andy by our side. He was not only a key member of our team, but a dear friend and wonderful father. Our hearts go out to his partner Sophie Peacock, his children Arlo and Ren, and his family and loved ones. “
On Sunday (June 20), the band will give the first concert at Madison Square Garden in nearly 500 days, reopening the iconic New York venue with their first full stadium performance since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the live entertainment industry. early 2020.
In tribute to Pollard, Foo Fighters have announced that they will dedicate the show to their late stage manager.
The show at MSG comes after the Foos announced details of a US tour this summer, which will include performances in the Midwest, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
In other Foos news, the band have announced that they will release a new disco album next month under the name Dee Gees.
The album, which is a follow-up to last year’s “Medicine At Midnight,” was recorded in the band’s Studio 606 and is being marketed as the Dee Gees’ debut. The 10-track project includes four covers of the Bee Gees, a rendition of Andy Gibb’s “Shadow Dancing” and five live versions of the songs on “Medicine At Midnight.”