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Foo Fighters At Isle Of Wight Festival 2011 - Review

By NME Blog

Posted on 09 Jun 11

 
 

Who: Foo Fighters

Where and When: Main Stage, Saturday

Vibe: They're known for not playing the same set and treating fans to a mixture of aural delights no matter how many times you've seen them live. Foo Fighters didn't fail to impress with a standard, but brilliant, set of old classics plus some of the new tuuuunes. Dave Grohl is NME's Godlike Genius for the year and is definitely rock's nicest man - as we're always reminded - playing just what the fans want, playing it well, and playing it with passion.

Foo Fighters


Best bit: 'Monkey Wrench', it's a life defining moment when you're 16 and watching them for the first time, but even for us older fans it was still utterly perfect.

Low point: The sheer number of tanked up 'LADS' who felt the need to wave their lager around in the air to the point when every single person within a 20 metre radius was coated in sticky, alcohol residue. This was more annoying than usual because just an hour beforehand they'd been stood motionless, holding their prime spot in the crowd and not cheering for Pulp.

Banter: Grohl asking the crowd "What was the last thing the drummer said before he got kicked out of the band?" Then Taylor Hawkins replying, "You guys wanna hear my new song?" Before the sticksman launched into lead vocals for 'Cold Day In The Sun'.

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Verdict: No big surprises, but a mind-blowing gig from one of the biggest rock bands of our time. They gave their fans exactly what they wanted in a snappy 17 song set.

Rating: 8/10

Abby Tayleure
NME.COM festivals editor
Follow me on Twitter @AbbyTayleure


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