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Foo Fighters Are Suing Insurers For Cancelled Shows Following The Paris Attacks


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You thought that Foo Fighters were the nicest band around? You were wrong, they are not different, they can sue people too, like any other greedy band.

Back in November 2015, after the terrorist attack that took the lives of 130 people during the Eagles of Death Metal’s concert at the Bataclan in Paris, Foo Fighters chickened out and cancelled some of the dates of their European tour. Now, Dave Grohl and his band are looking for financial reimbursement and ITV News is reporting that they are suing insurers for failing ‘to pay amounts that even they recognize are due and owing’ on claims made to shows the bands cancelled. To be more precise, the lawsuit covers two separate runs of shows, the UK shows which were cancelled after Grohl broke his foot, then the shows in Turin, Paris, Lyon, and Barcelona, cancelled after the Paris terror attacks last November. I can understand the insurance covering the first run of shows, but it’s difficult to know if their policy will cover the other specific types of circumstances. However they are not joking, the band is suing Lloyds of London, several insurance companies and the insurance broker who secured the policies, Robertson Taylor, and they want to be paid for concerts they didn’t play! Is that even ethically defendable?

‘Foo Fighters reasonably expected that the Terrorism Policy would provide them coverage for the four November 2015 performances, which were necessarily cancelled as a direct result of terrorism,’ the band declared in a statement. ‘While [the insurers] have engaged in a seemingly neverending series of requests for increasingly irrelevant information, particularly as to the necessity of cancelling the Turin and Barcelona performances, they have not provided Foo Fighters with any indication that they dispute coverage for the cancellation of the Paris, France and Lyon, France performances. To date, seven months later, however, London Market Insurers have not paid or offered to pay a single penny of Foo Fighters’ terrorism coverage claim.’

They also say that their website,, was hacked the day following the attacks, to display a Islamic State flag, automatic weapon and the threat ‘be prepared’. Even though this was probably scary, they did exactly what the terrorists wanted, succumb to fear whereas no other attacks were reported in Turin or Barcelona. Do Foo fighters have an insurance which covers unreasonable fear?

Let’s remind everyone what they declared back in 2015 in a statement: ‘It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.’

We can’t continue right now? Err on what basis exactly? Barcelona is at 1,000 km from Paris, Should we have all stop going to any concerts around the planet? ‘Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot, so my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts’, said Kurt Cobain once. Cowardice and greed, I forgot who said this, but Foo Fighters may have become what Cobain had always feared would happen to Nirvana.

1 Comment

  1. Foozie on June 16, 2016 at 11:47 am

    It’s not about being greedy. Any person, and or band are entitled to carry insurance, and then be reimbursed for losses. That’s what insurance is for. The insurance is expensive, this is not about getting a free ride. It’s about getting what you paid for.

    You might want to do little more research before spouting off about something you know nothing about.

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