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Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters have announced that they raised over NZ$350,000 for charity when they played a special concert in New Zealand on March 22 to raise money for victims of the Christchurch earthquake.

Over 160 people died in the earthquake that hit Christchurch on February 22, which many thousands more losing their homes and livelihoods. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was one of the first international stars to send his support to victims, promising to do something special to help: “Every little bit counts and I hope that we can see you soon and do what we can to bring a little bit of happiness back into your lives.”

He followed this promise by bringing his band to the country for a very special – and loud – one-off gig.

With tickets ranging between $175 and $250, the gig sold out quickly. Merchandise sales also went to the NZ Government’s Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. The final figure going to charity is NZ$354,903. The band also played a gig in Australia that raised Aus$770,717 for victims of Brisbane’s horrific floods.

“The overwhelming success of the concerts and the more than $1 million raised across the two countries shows how much the Foos care for the people of Australia and New Zealand and they displayed this by staging two of the more memorable rock shows in recent times,” said Frontier Touring Company spokesman Michael Gudinski.

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