Foo Fighters have been considered one of the great rock bands of the ’90s. The band rose from the ashes of Nirvana after Kurt Cobain’s death. Frontman, Dave Grohl, was the drummer for the iconic grunge band.
Since the creation of Foo Fighters, the band has risen to great heights. Now they are celebrating their 20th anniversary, and new album: Sonic Highways, with a tour around the world.
One week ago, Foo Fighters performed at Rio de Janeiro’s Estadio Do Maracanã.
The band performed many covers in the interest of celebrating the greats. “Detroit Rock City” by KISS and “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie were among them, but the one that’s catching the most attention is their cover of “Tom Sawyer” by Rush.
This was not the Foo Fighters first time playing “Tom Sawyer.” When Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, Foo Fighters joined them in their performance.
While the Foo Fighters are celebrating their newest album, as well as all the names of the greats that have inspired them along the way, they’re out inspiring other groups as well.
English indie rock band, The Cribs, calls Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl their lucky charm. They explained their reasons in an interview with NME.
“We left to go get pizza and within three minutes we returned with Dave Grohl. We played with him in Ireland and he was like, ‘The Cribs? I love you guys!’ We thought it was a really good omen for the first day of the record – it was just like a rabbit’s foot or something,” explained Cribs bassist Gary Jarman.
With the Foo Fighters being so busy, it’s no shock that they are becoming an inspiration for younger bands.
Dave Grohl has been known to be pretty motivational. He’s been very vocal about his love of rock music.
“I want to see a dude sweating blood over his instrument he just smashed on the ground. Everybody has that in them sometimes…For me it’s my air, it’s my food, it’s my lifestyle. It’s just what I do. My band is my family and the music we make is our voice. It’s never going to disappear. When I step out at a Foo Fighters gig, either in an arena, club or stadium full of people singing ‘Everlong’ or ‘My Hero’ or ‘Pretender,’ rock and roll is alive and well in my house. I’m sorry that some people might feel starved for it.”
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