With just four weeks to go before a headline appearance at the world famous Glastonbury festival the Foo Fighters have kicked off their European tour with a performance described by NME as “an epic, two and-a-half hour spectacular.” Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters played a 60 minute set to close “BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend” on Sunday but last night saw their first proper UK show at Sunderland’s Stadium Of Light.
The BBC report that Foo Fighters front-man Grohl told 25,000 fans at the “Big Weekend” that he was obsessed with Taylor Swift who had played a set immediately before the Foo Fighters. Grohl said that “my kids will kill me for saying this, but this one is dedicated to Taylor Swift” before closing the free-ticketed festival with “Congregation” from the new Sonic Highways album.
BBC Radio 1 even took to twitter to report that Grohl is a Taylor Swift fan.
Zumic report that some fans at the “Big Weekend” seemed somewhat indifferent to the veteran Foo Fighters on Sunday but the reaction at last nights show was totally different.
According to Gigwise, Foo Fighters opened their set with “Everlong” and “Monkey Wrench” songs that more usually close the set. The set ran to 26 songs with numerous Foo Fighters favorites and a few cuts from Sonic Highways being played. According to the Chronicle over 40,000 rock fans turned out to see the Foo Fighters blast their way through the two-and-a-half hour show.
In an era when many new bands struggle to put together a 60 minute show, the veteran Foo Fighters and their support act, British indie rockers the Kaiser Chiefs, showed how it should be done.
During the show Grohl credited British audiences with being a huge part of the bands success.
Grohl said, “let me tell you something, we learned how to be a band by coming to your country and playing all your festivals and theaters and s**t. The first time we headlined a festival, I believe it was here. The first time we headlined an arena it was here, and the first time we did this [played a stadium] it was here.”
Foo Fighters delighted the audience by playing an interlude of hits by the likes of The Police, Queen and AC/DC before closing out the show with an eight-minute version of “Best Of You.” Grohl joked that these appearances would be the Foo Fighters last tour before telling the ecstatic audience that “as long as you keep coming back, we’ll come back, too.”
If the reports of the Foo Fighters shows are to be believed then Glastonbury fans are in for a huge treat in less than four weeks time.
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