When a group of Foo Fighters fans began a crowd-funding campaign to bring the band to Richmond, Va. the concept seemed like a pipe dream. Despite all odds, Foo Fighters accepted the invitation, performing in the city for the first time since 1999. In celebration of Foo Fighters' return to Richmond, Sept. 17 will now be officially known as 'Foo Fighters Day RVA' in the city.

The most mind-boggling part of the initial campaign (via Tilt) to bring Foo Fighters to Richmond was that the organizers were actually selling tickets to a show that didn't exist yet. It put Foo Fighters into somewhat of an awkward situation, but the always nice, hard-working Foo Fighters chose to come through for the fans.

During the show, Dave Grohl even gave a special shout-out to late GWAR mastermind Dave Brockie, who was a longtime resident of Richmond and local metal hero. The Foo Fighters frontman referred to a profane joke that Brockie made about Grohl a couple years back.

The city of Richmond offered their appreciation for the Foo Fighters' visit by honoring the band on the day of the Foo's landmark show. Mayor Dwight C. Jones cited seven key points within his Foo Fighters Day proclamation, (see below) detailing the process of how the fans were able to bring Foo Fighters to Richmond. [via Consequence of Sound]

Crowd-funding continues to evolve the music industry, and with this victory, there's no telling what else can be accomplished by passionate fans.

The Foo Fighters will release their eighth studio album ‘Sonic Highways: The Album’ on Nov. 10. It is available for pre-order here.

The band chronicled the recording sessions for an upcoming eight-episode HBO series titled ‘Sonic Highways,’ which will debut on Oct. 17, airing Fridays at 11 PM ET/PT.

Foo Fighters Day Proclamation:

Foo Fighters Day
City of Richmond