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Custom avatar outfits, a rock concert, maybe even a mosh pit—Foo Fighters are rocking out in VR right after the Super Bowl

Quick read

➨ Rock band Foo Fighters will perform a concert virtual reality on 13 February
➨ The concert is coming to Horizon Venues on Meta Quest
➨ Meta sees the concert as an opportunity to showcase what an event of VR is capable of

The story

Interest in the Super Bowl outside of sports fans is in the spectacle—the entertainment, the movie trailers for potential global blockbusters, and even the name of the musician chosen to perform the national anthem.

For Super Bowl LVI, rock band Foo Fighters intend to add to that spectacle by performing a concert in virtual reality (VR).

The band will perform an exclusive concert directed by music video director Mark Romanek in Horizon Venues after the main event on 13 February.

Shot with multiple 180° cameras positioned around the stage specifically for VR, the concert features a custom stage design, practical effects, sophisticated lighting programs, and “XR elements” blended into the concert scene.

The set list is being kept secret until the concert, but the band is promising “rarely played tracks—and one that’s never been heard in concert before”.

The band’s founder and frontman, Dave Grohl, says in a statement: “Foo Fighters love a challenge—from playing the biggest stages in the world to the tiniest clubs to making movies and miniseries… We’ve pretty much done it all.”

“But we’ve never collaborated with Mark Romanek on a conceptual set of songs (including one being played live for the first time ever) for a worldwide audience, where everyone has the best seats in the house thanks to the most badass VR tech… until now. Join us when we cross that one off the FF bucket list!”

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Booking Foo Fighters for a VR concert in Horizon Venues is a coup for Meta and the Quest platform, as the company rolls out social app Worlds alongside Workrooms for business and professional collaboration.

Attracting such a big name in music should attract an equally large audience to Venues, giving Meta an opportunity to showcase what an event of VR is capable of.

Meta is putting together an as-fully-immersive event as possible, with audience members able to dress their avatars in NFL Super Bowl LVI t-shirts, as well as socialise with other fans in the Venues lobby, which will be a custom, football-themed environment.

Portals into Worlds will give audience members aged 18 and over in the US and Canada the opportunity to jump into additional football-themed games and experiences, including Arena Clash: Quarterback Edition, a laser tag-inspired team game.

For those uninterested in seeing the concert in VR, Meta is also showing it on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.

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Images: Meta Quest