For me there are 2 live bands that are quite simply the best on the planet right now and I’ve seen them both in the last 3 months. Radiohead is one of them but for pure entertainment and a sing/scream back catalogue look no further than the Foo Fighters
They just get better with age like a fine wine and last night they were determined to rock the place to its foundations.
Dave Grohl was at his impish best and drops the f bomb in such a way that it’s not in the slightest offensive and creates an involuntary response of “YEAH!!!!” to anything he actually says.
The set list was as follows
I’ll Stick Around
All My Life
Learn to Fly
The Sky Is a Neighborhood
La Dee Da
Rope (extended outro Fleetwood Mac Black Magic Women)
Tie Your Mother Down(Queen cover) (Band intros during first verse )
Cold Day in the Sun
Make It Right (live debut)
Skin and Bones
This Is a Call
Times Like These
Never Gonna Give You Up (with Rick Astley)
Best of You
As you can see it was pretty extensive and rolled back the years as well as adding in some new stuff which actually sounds better live than on the album but a dare say a bit of emotion drove me to that decision given the occasion.
For the record and as an example of the way the Foo Fighters love their audience some random shouted “White Limo” so they abandoned the set list and started playing it, class.
Grohl then whipped the crowd up continuously asking if they could out sing him? He replied “no you can’t and I’ll buy every one of you a f***ing drink if you do!” Which of course creates the response mentioned earlier in my blog “YEAH!!!!” ………..incidentally I’d like to think I had a good go and have no voice this morning so if you are reading this Mr Grohl I’ll have a Large Gin & Tonic mate, thanks.
My Hero is always the point in a Foo Fighters gig when they start to kick in and the crowd gets involved and last night was no exception. It’s such a brilliant tune and the whole crowd were belting it out with the band.
Towards the end there was a very weird twist with a rendition of “Never gonna give you up” with Ricky Astley, yeah that’s right the Stock Aitkin and Waterman 80s crooner Rick Astley!!!!! Grohl again was brilliant in his introduction “I’ve only just met this f***ing guy!” Followed by Rick they screaming an F bomb response to the crowd before flying into the track…… I hate to admit it but it kinda worked and of course I knew the words too ( not my proudest moment )
They then obviously finished with Everlong and we were done, apart from a kebab and chips on the way home
I got a quick Video of the end of “times like these” to share the quality but was too busy enjoying myself to stand holding my mobile all night…… this is the Foo Fighters….
If you get the chance to go and see them please do, it’s not cheap but a band like this command the respect and premium cost and they appreciate it and in return give you a memory that lasts for ever!!!!
It’s been emotional