Dave Grohl’s mum joins Foo Fighters onstage at V Festival

Plus the band cover Arcade Fire

Foo Fighters were joined by a special guest onstage as they closed the Staffordshire leg of the V Festival tonight (August 19).

Singer Dave Grohl surprised the crowd by inviting his mother onstage midway through their set at Weston Park.

He told the crowd: “A lot of people here tonight are important to me. But there is one person that is more important than any of you motherfuckers. Virginia Hammond Grohl everybody.”

His mother then joined Grohl onstage as he performed ‘Up In Arms’ with the frontman explaining, “When I say I owe it all to somebody it has got to be this woman.”

Earlier, Grohl arrived onstage alone as he kicked off the band’s second show of the day – Foo Fighters had played an acoustic set on the Channel 4 Stage earlier in the afternoon – by dedicating opening track ‘Everlong’ to Snow Patrol.

This followed the band’s early dedication of their track ‘Chasing Cars’ which saw Grohl storming the stage to give frontman Gary Lightbody a hug and a kiss.

Announcing Foo Fighters‘ arrival the frontman boasted: “Hey I stopped the rain I hope you know. We’ve had quite a day. We started a gig over on the other stage at 1pm and now we’re over here. I’ve had one song dedicated to me today and now I want to dedicate this one to them – (Snow Patrol).”

Their headlining show saw the band mix their set with a series of hits along with two new tracks – ‘Cheer Up Boys (Your Make Up Is Running) and forthcoming single ‘The Pretender’.

The Foo Fighters later covered Arcade Fire‘s ‘Keep The Car Running’ and then played the band’s first single from 1995, ‘This Is A Call’, which Grohl dedicated to the crowd.

“I’d like to go back to the start, 12 years ago,” he declared. “How many of you fucking guys saw us all that time ago? This one is for you.”

Rounding off the show, Grohl promised the crowd that the Foo Fighters would return for an autumn tour in November as he urged the crowd to indulge in some “arse shaking” for ‘All My Life’.

Foo Fighters played:

‘Everlong’

‘Monkey Wrench’

‘Breakout’

‘Cheer Up Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)’

‘My Hero’

‘Times Like These’

‘Up In Arms’

‘Learn To Fly’

‘Stacked Actors’

‘DOA’

‘This Is A Call’

‘Best Of You’

‘The Pretender’

‘Keep The Car Running’

‘All My Life’

Read NME.COM’s review of Foo Fighters online now.

Plus check out the latest shots from both sites in NME.COM’s V Festival2007 photo gallery.

Meanwhile, next week’s issue of NME will contain a full review of V Festival 2007 so get your copy from August 22.