Foo Fighters LIVE REVIEW: Rock ’n’ roll masterclass at London Stadium
“Apparently I can’t scream anymore,” Dave Grohl smirks to a sold-out London Stadium.
The Foo Fighters frontman has been the subject of apparent concern from fans this week over the state of his iconic vocals.
Grohl, now aged 49, is visibly amused – and it is easy to see why.
Idolised by many as a living rock ’n’ roll legend, he is busy turning this 80,000-capacity venue into his very own playground for the night – putting headlines about his voice very much to rest.
And thank goodness for that, because with nine albums under their belts and a love of breaking venue curfews, a Foo Fighters set is never a short one.
“Are you f****** ready?” he howls before thundering into opener All My Life as he hurtles up and down the runaway intersecting the ecstatic crowd.
Learn to Fly and The Pretender are up next, turning the crowd into a mosh pit before we get into the anthemic Sky Is a Neighbourhood, the first song of the night from their latest release Concrete and Gold, complete with a three-part harmony from their backing singers.
Rope and Sunday Rain follow, with drummer Taylor Hawkins taking lead vocals with ease as his drum set literally rises upwards from the stage.
Stripping things down, fan favourite My Hero transforms the entire crowd into professional Foo Fighters backing vocalists as they sing back the words to the six-strong line-up.
A mid-section of band introductions sees lead guitarist Chris Shiflett taking lead vocals for Alice Cooper’s Under My Wheels.
The band then tease snippets of Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust, Guns & Roses It’s So Easy and even You’re The One That I Want from Grease before Grohl jests: “That’s all you’re getting!”
Switching things up again, next up sees Taylor Hawkins get back behind the microphone for another Queen cover, this time Under Pressure, as Grohl steps back to his Nirvana roots behind the drums.
While everyone loves a cover, the band know its the Foos classics we have come here to see.
They roar back into play with Monkey Wrench as the crowd go berserk and the seating sections instantly rise off their feet, before Wheels gives the audience a breather and transforms the room into a twinkly sky of mobile phone lights.
The end of the night sees Best Of You turned into an almost 10-minute spectacular, with the haunting singalong still echoing as the crowd spill out of the stadium, and an encore of Times Like These and a spine-tingling rendition of Everlong.
Indeed a three-hour masterclass in stadium rock ‘n’ roll.
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