When Foo Fighters played Verizon Center on November 11th, 2011, towards the end of the show frontman Dave Grohl stated "We'll come back and play a four hour show at 9:30 Club." Grohl and company finally delivered on that statement playing at surprise set at 9:30 Club last night.
Originally billed as a birthday party for Big Tony from Trouble Funk with Grohl as emcee, the first surprise came as Grohl (on drums) opened the show with Peter Stahl (Grohl's former Scream bandmate) and Bad Brains' Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know, billed as The Don't Know Its. The quartet whipped through a set of Bad Brains' material before turning over the stage to Go-Go legends Trouble Funk. As Trouble Funk ended their set, even Big Tony couldn't hide his smile when he announced that next up was "Dave Grohl and special guests!"
A little after 11 PM, Grohl wandered on stage by himself, started playing "Times Like These" and, midway, the remaining members of the Foo joined him and rocked out the rest of the song.
What followed was a 2+ hour, 17 song blistering set that touched on every part of the Foo's career. Admitting to not having played live in awhile, Grohl acknowledged this stating "this is the best practice we've ever had!"
While Grohl mentioned their upcoming album, the crowd wasn't treated to any new material. But the lead singer was practically giddy as he described the new album as "the coolest thing we've ever done as a band and I can't wait for you to hear it - but you ain't hearing it tonight!"
Next up for Foo Fighters is a headlining appearance at this year's Firefly Music Festival on June 20th.
Times Like These
Cold Day in the Sun
This Is A Call
Best of You
All My Life
Skin and Bones
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