Over a proceeding vamp, Hawkins and Grohl recalled the Foo Fighters’ 1999 tour opening for the Chili Peppers, with the drummer remembering, “That’s when we learned to be a band”.
Dave Grohl’s broken leg has made Kerr even more appreciate Grohl’s ability as a musician.
Now, the Foo Fighters will return to play The National Bowl in Milton Keynes on September 5 and 6 with guest Iggy Pop, and Edinburgh’s BT Murrayfield Stadium on September 8 with openers Royal Blood and Honeyblood.
Grohl, seated in the stage throne created to allow him to play concerts with his broken leg, introduced Bad Brains guitarist Gary “Dr. Know” Miller, and bassist Darryl Jenifer to the crowd at the stadium which is home to the New York Mets.
So, why did the Foo Fighters break their usual “no encore” stance? It included charming version of “My Hero” and “Times Like These”. It was an unusual take on physical therapy, but this touching moment of recuperation rock was a highlight of the two-and-a-half-hour marathon set. No bravado, no metal-vocal acrobatics: just Grohl, Shiflett, Smear, and thousands of people howling along to the same well-worn verses.
They began their set with “Everlong”, which garnered a roaring response from the Citi Field crowd. They’re victims to their own standards in the sense that they absolutely wanted to deliver the best show they could, circumstances be damned – but sometimes, it’s better to just suck it up, grab the crutches, leave the throne and the theatrics in the greenroom, and do what you do best. “When I look out at your audience tonight, I can see rock n’ roll!” Nothing can slow down Foo Fighters and keep them from having fun, clearly.