It has been twelve weeks since Dave Grohl’s nasty tumble from a stage in Sweden, which led to Foo Fighters cancelling their Wembley and Murrayfield tour dates on medical grounds. At the time, Dave promised fans “I will do everything I can to come back and give you a night to remember for the rest of your lives as soon as possible.” Foo Fighters are not a band to disappoint, and now they have returned to complete their UK tour with two nights at Milton Keynes Bowl and one night at Murrayfield.
Performing in his custom-made guitar necks and lights throne, Dave of Thrones (as some have nicknamed him) and the rest of Foo Fighters treated fans to an epic two and a half hour set, with few breaks and no encore, as the band wanted to cram as much as they could into the jam-packed show.
Opening on Everlong; the band, completed by drummer Taylor Hawkins, bassist Nate Mendel, guitarists Pat Smear and Chris Shiftlett, and honoury Foo Fighter, Rami Jaffee on keys; were clearly thrilled to be back. This was followed by the throne motoring down the runway for their performance of Monkey Wrench, where Dave actually stood up and full-on rocked out for some of it.
Explaining the eye-catching design of the throne, Dave showed the audience his original sketch that he had done while high on pain killers to ease his leg discomfort, and thanked his road crew for being able to build such an amazing piece from what was only a rough sketch.
As the evening continued, the hits just seemed to keep coming as they played songs such as Learn To Fly, Big Me, All My Life and Breakout; along with tracks from latest album Sonic Highways. Fans were even treated to some rarities during the night; such as an audience request leading to a performance of D.O.A, which hadn’t been played live by the band since 2012.
The crowning moment of the evening was when Foo Fighters were joined on stage by Roger Taylor from Queen and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin for a mind-blowing cover of Under Pressure. This was dedicated to Freddie Mercury, who would have been 69 that day. Dave told the audience “You’ve heard of a supergroup? Well this is a superdupergroup!” and also added later “The Foo Fighters, right now, are living out our rock n’ roll fantasy with you tonight.”
Closing on Best Of You, Dave took to his crutches and walked to the end of the runway with his band mates to thank the audience, as rapturous applause erupted around the Bowl. Judging by the choruses of Foo Fighters songs echoing around the car parks afterwards from those who’d had a fantastic night, that choice of final song seemed only too fitting.