Foo Fighters had a surprise announcement for fans attending the reopening of the 9:30 Club in D.C. After 18 months of being shuttered due to the pandemic, the I.M.P.’s 9:30 Club reopened last night and Dave Grohl informed the sold out crowd that the space next door would become a new intimate music venue.
“Who remembers the old 9:30 Club?… That was our church. That’s where we got to see every f***ing band,” Grohl said from the stage. “That’s where we all played first. That’s where REM played first. That’s where the Chili Peppers played first. That’s where Nirvana played first… Magic happened in that room. But guess what?… They’re gonna open up a place that’s an exact replica of the old 9:30 Club right f***ing next door.”
The new I.M.P. venue will be located right behind the existing 9:30 Club on 9th Street, N.W., in the space formerly occupied by The Satellite Room. While I.M.P. promises the new venue will look just like the original 9:30 Club, they also insist “it will not have the notorious stench nor the huge and plentiful rats that old-school patrons so fondly recall.”
Grohl added: “Nobody knows that because I’m the f***ing first one to tell you that right now! So, for all you people who never got to see the old 9:30 Club, you’ll get to see that sh*t next door someday…. And let me tell you, if it’s the same vibe as the old 9:30 Club, you’ll see some real magic.”
The original 9:30 Club opened in 1980 at 930 F Street, NW. The former club hosted Grohl throughout his formative years in bands including Scream and Nirvana.
I.M.P. said in a statement that the club’s name as well as capacity details and a general timeframe for opening will be announced in the coming weeks and months.