Leave it to Foo Fighters to do something like this.
Uproxx reports that Foo Fighters are currently in London to be the closing act at the 2014 Invictus Games to be played at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Closing ceremonies are on September 14 and will also feature performances from Kaiser Chiefs, Ryan Adams, Ellie Goulding, Rizzle Kicks, The Vamps, Diversity, James Blunt and the Military Wives Choir.
So, if you’re Foo Fighters and are already in London getting ready, what do you do? You book gigs under an assumed name, that’s what you do.
Guitarist and lead singer Dave Grohl, drummer and backup vocal Taylor Hawkins, bass guitarist and backup vocal Nate Mendel, co-lead guitarist and backup vocals Chris Shiflett and co-lead guitarist and backup vocals Pat Smear appeared at Concorde 2 at Brighton in London as a tune-up for the Invictus Games on Sunday. The name the played under? The Holy Sh*ts.
NME reports that the show in Concorde 2 was performed in front of a rapturous and receptive audience. The Holy Sh*ts performed much of Foo Fighter’s older material, launching into ‘Enough Space’ from 1997’s ‘The Colour And The Shape,’ followed by ‘I’ll Stick Around’ and ‘See You,’ ‘New Way Home,’ and ‘Up In Arms.’
He also explained his thinking behind the tiny club show: “I seem to remember years ago we played this club and it was also hot as balls. When we were asked to come over and play the Invictus Games on Sunday I thought ‘we haven’t played in the UK in years, and I thought we’d try to play gigs like this pretty much every night we’re here until we have to go home. And it gives us a chance to see your faces before we play that week at Wembley Stadium.”
The band also performed a version of ‘White Limo‘ from their ‘Wasted Light‘ album with special guest Jay, lead singer of the UK Foo Fighters, a British cover band. After the song, Grohl announced he “had been on vacation for three and a half minutes,” then plugged the UK Foo Fighters next performance at Concorde 2.
The band played 19 songs in all. The band plans to play the House of Vans in London tonight, but as with the show at the Concorde 2, they will not play anything off their eighth and newest album, Sonic Highways. The LP will be released on November 10 and consists of eight tracks written during visits to eight different cities.
The vinyl release of ‘Sonic Highways’ will come with an assortment of nine different covers including eight variants, each themed for one of the cities in which the album was recorded: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Customers will receive one of the nine covers at random.
The Invictus Games is an international competition with over 400 competitors from 13 countries. The competitors are wounded and injured servicemen and women, who gather together to compete against each other and help each other recover.
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