Foo Fighters play surprise, career-spanning set in Washington

Dave Grohl and co play secret set at city's 9.30 Club

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Foo Fighters played an epic, career-spanning secret show in Washington DC yesterday evening (May 5).

As Spin reports, Dave Grohl and his bandmates were at the city's 9.30 Club to play the surprise gig. Their show, which had been billed as "special guests", saw them draw upon their extensive back-catalogue for a 17-song set including tracks such as 'Times Like These', 'My Hero' and 'Learn To Fly'.

The band were there to pay tribute to the band Trouble Funk as well as the 9.30 Club itself. Grohl, who previously revealed he had been to hundreds of gigs at the venue and that it had "changed" his life, attended to emcee Trouble Funk member Big Tony Fischer's birthday and also performed as part of a one-night-only supergroup Don't Need It's with members of Bad Brains and Scream.

According to reports, however, he then returned to the stage to play a two-hour gig. The setlist was as follows:

'Times Like These'
'White Limo'
'My Hero'
'Learn To Fly'
'Rope'
'Arlandria'
'Generator'
'These Days'
'Cold Day In The Sun'
'Monkey Wrench'
'Best of You'
'This Is a Call'
'All My Life'
'Aurora'
'Dear Rosemary'
'Skin And Bones'
'Everlong'


Last month (April 30), Foo Fighters shared pictures of the recording sessions for their new album. According to producer Butch Vig, the LP is "almost halfway done" and will see the band experimenting with some challenging recording techniques to keep everyone focused.

The band revealed in January that sessions for their new album were "fucking on" by posting a picture of a row of master tapes labelled 'Foo Fighters LP 8' to their official Instagram. Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Grohl said: "I know what it sounds like and I honestly think the entire concept is really going to take people by surprise and it sounds nuts."

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