The Foo Fighters' Facebook-hosted VR concert was apparently a huge flop, beset with technical difficulties.

Per the many posts by frustrated fans, the band's first-ever concert in virtual reality, which aired the night of the Super Bowl, was extremely difficult to log into and overall a pretty big letdown even for those able to get into the "venue" at all.

"Meta destroyed this!" Read a comment from one viewer on the Facebook video of the pre-recorded show. "I was so looking forward to watching on my VR."

Kent Bye, a VR podcaster, tweeted a lengthy thread about the disappointing experience in which he detailed everything from the glitchy and nearly-nonexistent "lobby" that's typical of VR shows to issues with the concert's cameras.

For anyone who's ever had had to wait in virtual queues for everything from telehealth appointments to the purchase of concert tickets, the concept of a virtual waiting room is pretty common. At The Foo Fighters' Metaverse show, however, the "venue" didn't open its "doors" until right at the concert's start time, with the show starting just five minutes after it began letting users in.

Unsurprisingly, this veritable floodgate-opening led to serious glitches.

Later in the thread, Bye noted that the VR shoot's directors "seemed to be prioritizing the shoot for what would look best for the 2D version," which was livestreamed simultaneously.

"There were cameramen walking around on the stage killing the overall immersive vibe," he tweeted, adding that the 2D stream was "more cinematic [and] emotional," before admitting that he enjoyed the Fighters' themselves regardless.

Hours after the show was over, Vivek Sharma, a VP for Horizon Worlds — the Facebook-owned VR company that co-produced the show — said the login glitches occurred because "the demand was unprecedented" with attendance estimates ranging from 7,000 to 12,000. Critics like game developer Robert Newton, however, say there was no reason Facebook (er, Meta) should have been so unprepared.

"As VR multi-user venues have been around now for about 6 years, I would've thought that the producers of the Foo Fighters VR concert could have planned capacity for more than a few thousand people," Newton tweeted. "The Metaverse is cool, but apparently tiny."

He's not wrong. Fortnite began hosting livestream shows before the COVID-19 pandemic made them a staple in the music industry, and one show by the EDM artist Marshmello reportedly had more viewers "in attendance" than Woodstock.

Facebook has clearly been trying and failing to replicate Fortnite's success in its nascent Metaverse. Though this wasn't the first time Facebook Metaverse shows have flopped in recent months, it does appear to be one of the biggest missteps for the newly-renamed company that's hitched its wagons to the VR craze.

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