Foo Fighters continued their march towards a new album and their upcoming HBO series, Sonic Highways, with a pit stop headlining the Main Stage of the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware on Friday night.
Confessing his love for the Delaware area from the get-go, Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl stated, "Let me tell you, it's good to be back…...Every time I smell a Grotto pizza, Goddamn! What other pizza place will get you home after a drunk night in Rehoboth Beach?!" Heavy drinking and pizza aside, the Foos delivered a terrific two hour hit-filled show, with a set list comparable to their surprise appearance at the 9:30 Club back in May but having a few surprises up their sleeves as well.
Even with guitarist Chris Shifflett seated for the entire show due to a broken ankle ("Wanna know how he did it?" Grohl asked the audience. "By being f*ck!ng old!"), Foo Fighters' energy never waned even as they dealt with a festival sound system that threw a lot of distortion towards the audience. The only added bonus from this was that you could really hear Nate Mendel's fat bass lines.
Grohl has really come into his own as a frontman. Perfectly comfortable chatting with the audience, screaming in key and burping in time to the music (trust me, both are hard to do) or swigging from a fan's beer and climbing scaffolding in the middle of the field are all in a day's work. Part-everyman/part-rock star, Grohl has pulled off the hardest trick in the book; be an ordinary person who just happens to be the frontman of America's best rock band. Somehow he has turned himself into punk rock's working class hero.
For the encore, the Foo returned to the stage as 'The Holy Sh!ts,' "a bar band that plays classic rock songs," according to Grohl, and proceeded to plow through Alice Cooper's "School's Out," The Rolling Stones' "Miss You," Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" (with drummer Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals. Side note, Hawkins put more energy and effort into that song more than anything else played that night) and Queen & David Bowie's "Under Pressure" (Grohl and Hawkins traded off the lead vocals and were smart enough to not even attempt that high note in the bridge. It also tied in nicely with Hawkins' Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury image on his bass drum cover).
Before ending the night with their own classic rock song "Everlong," Grohl acknowledged "There are times I love my life because I'm the happiest person in the world, and then I do this and I'm the luckiest person in the world." With that, Foo Fighters capped off Friday night and finished off what was to be the best set of the entire festival.
Times Like These
Learn to Fly
Cold Day in the Sun
This Is a Call
Best of You
All My Life
School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover)
Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover)
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (Van Halen cover)
Under Pressure (Queen w/ David Bowie cover)
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