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Nine Inch Nails replace Foo Fighters for Boston Calling's return in May

Nine Inch Nails will headline Boston Calling's first night of the 2022 festival on May 27. (Courtesy Boston Calling)
Nine Inch Nails will headline Boston Calling's first night of the 2022 festival on May 27. (Courtesy Boston Calling)

The Boston Calling Music Festival has found a replacement for Foo Fighters, the rock band that was scheduled to headline on May 27. Now, Nine Inch Nails will take the stage at the Harvard Athletic Complex on the festival's first night. The two other headlining acts are The Strokes and Metallica.

Nine Inch Nails, fronted by Trent Reznor, will tour for the first time since 2018.  They'll play a limited number of shows this year in the U.S. and U.K.

This news comes one week after Foo Fighters announced they were canceling their international tour to grieve after the unexpected death of the rock band's longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins. The 50-year-old died in South America on March 25 before the band was set to perform at the Festival Estereo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia.

Foo Fighters were originally lined up to perform at Boston Calling in May 2020. The pandemic forced organizers to postpone the three-day event for two years.

Other artists appearing at Boston Calling 2022 include HAIM, Glass Animals, Weezer, Run the Jewels and Cheap Trick.

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Andrea Shea Twitter Senior Arts Reporter
Andrea Shea is WBUR's arts reporter.

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