This ‘Foo Fighters’ review was written by Rachel Boagey, a GIGsoup contributor
Despite having to cancel their Glastonbury and Wembley stadium gigs in June – due to Dave Grohl’s stage fall – the Foo Fighters made a rather special occasion of their rescheculed gig in Milton Keynes’ Bowl this weekend – renamed the ‘Broken Leg Tour.’
Determined not to let his fans down, Grohl was a sight to see with his leg in a cast on his custom-designed, smoke emitting, light-up throne, which he admits he designed while high on morphine and oxycontin in hospital.
Charasmatic as ever, Grohl proved that he doesn’t require two fully functioning legs to give an outstanding performance.
Opening the show, he yelled “we came back for you!” and “we waited a long fucking time to be here, it’s gonna be a long fucking night.” The band then fired into ‘Everlong’, opening the two and a half hour set. In typical Foos style, big hits such as ‘Monkey Wrench’, ‘Learn To Fly’ and ‘The Pretender’ were some of the first to open the show, and the audience roared as the hits continued way into the set; reiterating just how many the band has to roll out.
As the audience chanted along to an acoustic version of ‘Big Me,’ Grohl requested a dedication to “Dan the lighting man” who “made the throne happen”, and right on queue the bowl illuminated with thousands of lighters and mobile phones.
Special guests were rumoured, rumours came true, and a ‘superdupergroup’ was formed. “I don’t know who Milton is and I don’t know why he built this thing right here. We wouldn’t have you all come out here unless we planned something nice and special. But we didn’t plan anything nice and special. Something nice and special just happened an hour and a half ago. A couple of our friends turned up and we thought it’d be nice to do a song together.”
Queen’s Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones joined the band for a cover of Queen and David Bowie’s ‘Under Pressure.’ “I don’t know if y’all have seen a super group…this is a super-duper group! Let me tell you the Foo Fighters are living out our rock n roll fantasy with you tonight!” Grohl screamed.
While ‘Breakout’ and ‘This Is A Call’ kept the old school Foo’s fans happy, the band delved into some songs from the new album ‘Sonic Highways,’ including ‘Congregation’ and ‘Outside.’
Refusing to waste time doing an encore, the band ended the unforgettable night with ‘Best of You.’ Waving at the crowd with his crutches, Grohl said, “When this happened to me… I always knew we’d come back, I just hoped you would too.”