If a music monarchy existed, Dave Grohl would be King. And King Grohl would reign over the past twenty years.
Four years since their last appearance, the Foo Fighters returned to Rogers Arena on Friday night. The grunge legends performed a two and a half hour set that put proper rock shows back on the map.
While the band’s return has been highly anticipated, it was all eyes on Grohl as he premiered his custom built throne to Vancouver. In case you’ve been under a rock this summer, Grohl broke his leg in June while on tour in Sweden. Instead of cancelling the 2015 tour, which is also the Foo’s biggest North American tour to date, Grohl designed his very own throne to be used on tour while he’s injured. Appearing surprisingly close to his initial sketch, the moving throne was a special treat to Foo fans during this tour – because when else will we ever get to see Grohl rock out on a throne?
Thrones and broken bones aside, from start to finish, the show was a tribute to old and new fans alike – new, as in fans from the 2007 album Echoes, Silence, Pateince & Grace and on. King Grohl and the crew started the night off with the 2002 single “All My Life”- as he showcased the far reach his mobile throne can go (basically down a catwalk). His distinct screams fill Rogers Arena, as he moves on to “Times Like These” and the classic 1999 single “Learn to Fly.”
Prior to being known as the Broken Leg Tour, the 2015 tour was set after the release of Foo’s Sonic Highways album last fall. From the eight track album, the band only played two songs: “Something From Nothing” and “Congregation”- but no one seemed to care. A major throwback from the Foo’s 1995 debut self-titled album, “Big Me” was surprisingly quiet among the singing-along crowd.
Grohl’s energy was bursting out of his throne as he constantly chatted with the crowd. “I’m sure I don’t need to tell the story,” he said at one point, after briefly discussing his injury. He told fans how his doctor asked him to cancel the tour, but instead he tried to find a solution – like sitting on a chair during the show. “I can’t sit on a chair at a rock show,” he continued. “I need a fu*king throne.”
And on that throne, Grohl rocked much harder than many frontmen who stand and dance. During “Breakout”, a sole (and brave) crowdsurfer made a brief appearance before falling through the potentially confused fans. A few surprises were in store after the second hour mark, drummer Taylor Hawkins (who was once the drummer for Alanis Morissette, but always a babe) took to the mic and performed Queen’s “Under Pressure.” And the Friday night fun didn’t stop there as the band covered Canada’s own Bryan Adams’ “Summer of 69.”
With fan energy still high from the Canadian addition to the set, Grohl said that the band doesn’t do encores and closed with a few old school favourites including “Best of You,” “This is a Call,” and “Monkey Wrench.”
“It’s been a long year for the Foo Fighters,” Grohl said at the end of the show. “Actually, it’s been a long 20 years for the Foo Fighters. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you very much for coming to the rock show.”
Closing with everyone’s favourite 1997 single “Everlong,” it was clear there is no slowing down for King Grohl. And these legends will continue to reign.