Last night rock god Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters played an epic show at London’s O2 arena.
It’s no secret that the Foo Fighters are one of the best bands to see live that our generation has come across. That’s not necessarily because their tracks are so different (although they have a good few iconic songs in their repertoire), it’s more their presence on stage and the energy they bring with them is unmatched by most bands. You can put any band in an arena and they put on an averagely good show. It takes a band like the Foo Fighters, a front man like Dave Grohl and fans as dedicated as theirs to make it a memorable experience.
The 27-track show was the perfect celebration of the recent release of their ninth studio album Concrete And Gold, which they also crowned with a pop-up pub in East London that featured various paintings, Foo Fighters beer and memorabilia.
Kicking off the near-three-hour set was 1995’s I’ll Stick Around of the band’s self-titled debut album. which was followed by a grungy mixture of old and new tracks, some of which turned into seven-minute-long crowd teasers and singalongs such as The Pretender and Queen cover Tie Your Mother Down. All the while Dave Grohl had the whole arena compete in a match of who’d lose their voice first – him or the audience. If he won, he’d buy everyone a beer, while reminding everyone he’s never lost his voice and he intends to play all night long. The latter Grohl repeated throughout the evening, almost threat-like. “I’m sorry, you’re gonna miss your train… I understand you have lives to lives, your life doesn’t revolve around the Foo Fighters, but we’ll be here, playing all night.”
Highlights are a-plenty with the entire arena sing their hearts out to a chilling rendition of My Hero lighting up their phones just because Grohl tells them to.
The band even recreated their grunge-meets-80’s duet with Rick Astley as the singer joined the Foo Fighters on stage for a musical pairing you never knew you needed in your life with Never Gonna Give You Up. Introduced by Dave Grohl as “one of the most badass motherf*ckers” he’s ever met. Needless to say, everyone lost their minds, myself included. The song is a guilty pleasure we all know the lyrics too and now it’s getting a Foo Fighters makeover.
The set ends with a promise of return because Foo Fighters don’t like saying goodbye, and a thundering performance of Everlong. “And I wonder when I sing along with you, if anything could ever feel this real forever, if anything could ever be this good again.”
With a dive bar feel and 20,000 people singing along to Everlong, Best Of You and My Hero, the Foo Fighters prove to us once again why their fans love them as much as they do and why you should go see them live if you get the chance.