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Stoked about the Foo Fighters concert, Boise? Here are ticket and presale details

How to find concert tickets online from official sellers

Buying concert tickets online can be confusing. Idaho Statesman entertainment writer Michael Deeds offers quick tips on how to search for official sellers and buy tickets at face value, and how to spot reseller sites, where prices often are higher.
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Buying concert tickets online can be confusing. Idaho Statesman entertainment writer Michael Deeds offers quick tips on how to search for official sellers and buy tickets at face value, and how to spot reseller sites, where prices often are higher.

Just when you thought last weekend’s packed Tool concert at the Ford Idaho Center would be 2017’s biggest Boise rock event, Foo Fighters made Dec. 7 the new epic, cannot-freaking-miss concert.

Dave Grohl and company are returning to Idaho for the first time in 22 years. Fans are flipping. This show, also at the Idaho Center, has monstrous sellout potential.

When tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. sharp on Thursday, June 29, they’ll cost $51, $81 and $101. You’ll be able to buy them at ICTickets.com. You’ll also be able to snag tickets at the Idaho Center box office, or by phone at (208) 442-3232.

Scared you’ll mess up? Don’t let it get the best of you. If you’re buying online, make sure you have an account set up in advance at ICTickets.com.

Impatient? Get in on the presale. It begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday. If you’re a member of the ICTickets Insider or CTT Insider clubs, you’ll automatically get the presale details emailed to you on Tuesday. Not in the cool kids’ club? It’s easy to sign up at the ICTickets website.

Or how about an earlier presale? Visit FooFighters.com. Preorder the band’s new album, “Concrete and Gold.” Sign up as a verified member. You’ll get in on a presale that starts Monday.

Roughly 11,000 tickets are slated to be available when this Foo Fighters concert goes on sale.

“The buzz is huge,” says Creston Thornton, president of promoter Live Nation-Mountain Region. “This is a huge coup to get them. People I haven’t heard from for 10 years or more are texting me and finding me on Facebook looking for presale info.”

The first and last time Foo Fighters came was in 1995. Frontman Dave Grohl was 26. The show sold out at a now-defunct all-ages Downtown Boise nightclub called Bogie’s. Foo Fighters played for 505 people. It was a fast, one-hour set. With only one album under his belt, Grohl didn’t have enough material for more than that. Fresh out of his gig drumming for grunge trio Nirvana — dissolved after Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994 — Grohl was attempting to restart his life. As a band leader.

At the time, it seemed ridiculous. Until you saw Grohl sing and play guitar.

Eleven Grammys and 30 million albums sold later, Grohl fronts one of the world’s most successful, consistent rock bands.

Songs such as “Best of You,” “Learn to Fly,” “Everlong” and “The Pretender” resonate with cross sections of fans in multiple demographics.

Foo Fighters is averaging 27,039 tickets per show, according to the band’s last 65 shows reported to concert industry website Pollstar.

The show on a Thursday at the Idaho Center in Nampa will be a dream come true for fans. For Thornton, a longtime Eagle-based concert promoter who began working for Live Nation last year, it’s a satisfying accomplishment.

“I had some goals this year as the new president of the Mountain Region of Live Nation,” he says, “and delivering a few massive shows to the Treasure Valley, as well as a full Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater season — which kicks off this Sunday with Korn — were a couple of them.”

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