Foo Fighters to Rock the Acropolis in Rare Concert

Rock superstars Foo Fighters, fronted by Dave Grohl of Nirvana fame, will play a rare concert at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the foothill of the Athens Acropolis on July 10.

The show will be televised to be aired later on U.S. public broadcaster PBS as part of the series “Landmarks Live in Concert,” in which artists play celebrated venues and discuss the significance with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a revered ancient stone theater completed in 161 AD at the Acropolis slope. It was renovated in 1951 to hold esteemed performances. It seats about 5,000 people an has great acoustics.

The theater usually hosts operas and classical works, but in recent years it has opened up to more popular music. Elton John, Frank Sinatra and Sting, as well as French electronic pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre have played there.

“I’ve always wanted to work with the Foo Fighters and do a show in Greece,” Daniel Catullo, the director of the series, told AFP. “We’ve had some incredible shows so far, but this one officially sets our standard at a new level,” he said.

Tickets for the concert sold out in two hours. Proceeds will go to Greek charities.