Foo Fighters headlining BlizzCon 2011

Dave Grohl follows up last year's BlizzCon cameo with Tenacious D by bringing his full-time gig to Diablo III developer's annual shindig.

Blizzard Entertainment has stepped up its annual BlizzCon fan convention in recent years with concerts from Ozzy Osbourne, The Offspring, and Tenacious D. Earlier this month, Blizzard sister company Activision raised the bar for fan convention concerts with its Call of Duty XP festival, which featured two concerts from coheadliners Dropkick Murphys and Kanye West.

Foo will be Fought at BlizzCon 2011.

However, Blizzard isn't conceding the convention concert crown to Call of Duty without a fight. The developer today announced that Foo Fighters will headline this year's show. This will not be the first BlizzCon appearance for Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. The former Nirvana drummer also handled the percussion duties for Tenacious D at last year's event.

Warming up the crowd will be Blizzard's in-house metal band The Artist Formerly Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain. The group will play a repertoire of tunes derived from the studio's stable of hit franchises like Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo.

BlizzCon typically offers a wealth of news, tournaments, community contests, discussion panels, and other miscellaneous events. Last year's events included the unveiling of Diablo III's demon hunter class, sessions on pro tips on Starcraft II, Diablo III's design, and Starcraft II balancing.

BlizzCon 2011 will take place October 21-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Tickets to the event have long been sold out, but those interested in trying to replicate the experience can purchase a $40 Virtual Ticket to stream coverage online or watch on television through DirecTV. And stay tuned for GameSpot's continuing coverage.

[CORRECTION]: This article originally referred to Activision as the parent company of Blizzard. We regret the error.

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32 comments
lorider25
lorider25

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abarteau
abarteau

Aww..I thought alien space craft in the form of glowing balls of light were going to be at blizzcon. Whateva

Elite39
Elite39

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LinkLuigi
LinkLuigi

Is it wrong that I can't stop imagining the Foo Fighters...fightin' foo's?

Hjindee
Hjindee

@ryzrocks HEEEELLL YEAH!!! :D following BlizzCon live for the third year in a row now :D

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

they gonna have a lot of ppl watching this year..which includes us...WHO's gonna watch this gimme a hell YEA!!!!!!! :P

Hellswrath99
Hellswrath99

Tenacious D perked my interest last year, but Foo Fighters playing has made this the first Blizzcon I've actually thought about attending.

DemonChorro
DemonChorro

Foo Fighters > Kanye whatever his name is.

bradocki
bradocki

Foo Fighters can't milk more money from the teens, and never had the acceptance from ppl who listened to grunge like Nirvana, so maybe Blizzard picked the wrong band for promotion. Never liked FF and never will...

holtrocks
holtrocks

Meh don't care for them to mainstream it kills bands they end up like nickleback.

vadicta
vadicta

For some reason I can't shake the feeling that BlizzCon already happened. Guess I'm just a time traveler.

VlVlsectVl
VlVlsectVl

Last year Tenacious D was the best part of day 2, and I'm not even a huge fan of theirs. I hope this year is better all around. Foo Fighters playing is good news.

DWade3Official
DWade3Official

I know release date for Diablo lll would be great instead of delaying it forever and never releasing it. Come on stop trying to add things constantly and thats why you have expansion or patching or updating for.

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

Oh, well, of course... The year I break my Blizzard addiction is the year Blizzcon actually has an epic band... (No offense to Ozzy or TD... Just not my sorta music.)

kwanzudood
kwanzudood

Lol @ the band name: "The Artist Formerly Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain"

zmanrwks
zmanrwks

Now I have a reason to watch BlizzCon!

Hurvl
Hurvl

The Colour and the Shape of Diablo 3 looks really good. In Your Honor, Foo Fighters, I will play some more Diablo 2. Then I'll be wasting some time on Wasting Light.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

I guess you could say thanks to the Foo Fighters, this year's Blizzcon will mostly certainly be...THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST

Balmane
Balmane

Great band to have at an event like this bur $40 for a virtual ticket??? I mean that's how much it should be to see them live. It should at least be half that.

BigAl519
BigAl519

Take note Activision. If you actually want people to show up to your lame little COD convention you actually need good bands like the Foo, not some wash-up waste of skin like Kanye West *bleh*

infinity_
infinity_

i watched them this year in Copenhagen. now im even more tempted to get virtual tickets................ i love you Dave

KoRnbizkitpie
KoRnbizkitpie

The Foo's kick serious butt! What a score for BlizzCon!!!

Link3301
Link3301

Hopefully 2011 is better than last year. Blizzcon 2010 didn't have any big news except the demon hunter class. I'm hoping for the new WoW expansion, more details on heart of the swarm, and maybe some details on project Titan.