Foo Fighters are back on the road, and this weekend the show arrived at Milton Keynes Bowl to play shows that were cancelled as a result of Dave Grohl’s broken leg. Foo Fighters too to the stage on Saturday on what would have been Queen Legend Freddie Mercury’s 69th birthday and surprised fans by covering one of Freddie’s best loved songs. Back in June Kanye West was widely ridiculed when he made a total mess of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody at Glastonbury, so the Foo Fighters showed him how it should be done.
With a stroke of flamboyance that Mercury would have been proud of, Rolling Stone report that Dave Grohl invited Queen’s Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones to join him onstage to cover “Under Pressure.” The Queen song has been a regular on the set-list during the Foo Fighters Sonic Highways tour, but Saturday’s version was undoubtedly the most poignant.
According to the BBC Foo Fighters front-man Grohl delighted the huge crowd by inviting Jones and Taylor to join him.
“I don’t know if ya’ll have ever seen a super group? Well, This is a super-duper group. I don’t even know what to say because this kind of s**t doesn’t happen every day. Let me just tell you that the Foo Fighters, right now, are living out our rock’n’roll fantasy.”
Foo Fighters also took a fan request to play In Your Honor‘s “DOA” for the first time since 2012.
The Independent report that Foo Fighters played an extended show running to two-and-a-half-hours. Grohl played sat in a specially designed “motorized throne,” his leg still in a cast as a result of his accident when he fell off the stage during a show in Sweden back in June.
Whilst Foo Fighters fans were thrilled with the band’s performance, many fans were disgusted by what they saw as rip-off prices at the bars at the venue. Foo Fighters fans took to Twitter and Facebook to complain at prices of up to £120 [$185] for a case of beer that could be bought at the local supermarket for £13 [$20]. Fans were banned from taking alcohol or food into the all-day event, and so they had to either pay the inflated prices or go without.
The Foo Fighters played a second show at Milton Keynes last night before heading off to Scotland to play a rearranged show at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium. The band will then return to North America for the resumption of their world tour.
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