Foo Fighters brought their whistlestop run of UK shows to a triumphant close at the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony Concert on Sunday (September 14), performing in front of Prince Harry and London Mayor Boris Johnson. The band played an 11-song greatest hits headline set at London’s Olympic Park as part of the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony.
Foo Fighters brought their whistlestop run of UK shows to a triumphant close at the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony Concert last night (September 14), performing in front of Prince Harry and London Mayor Boris Johnson. The band played an 11-song greatest hits set at London’s Olympic Park, opening with ‘All My Life’ and closing with ‘Everlong’.
The evening also saw performances from Kaiser Chiefs, Ellie Goulding and Ryan Adams among others. Ricky Wilson’s Kaisers join up with Dave Grohl and co again later this year, performing as special guests at the Foos’ first ever South African shows in December in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Prince Harry personally introduced Foos, after delivering a speech which paid tribute to the wounded, injured and sick service personnel who had competed in the Invictus Games. He apologised for keeping Dave Grohl waiting, joking that the Foo Fighters frontman was “really old” anyway.
Harry and Grohl then exchanged a hug when the band came on, after which the Prince then watched the performance from the crowd. Boris Johnson was also in attendance, but left midway through the set.
Grohl also made reference to the Invictus Games athletes, announcing that ‘My Hero’ “goes out to all the heroes tonight”. He also described the moment a friend called him to ask if he could give Prince Harry his phone number and the subsequent conversation where the royal had explained the concept of the Invictus Games to him, and invited him to play.
Before closing song ‘Everlong’, Grohl said: “Thank you very much for making this one of the most special occasions of our lives. I can’t wait to come back and play for you again. It won’t be too long,” before blowing the crowd a kiss.
Earlier in the week, Foo Fighters had played three intimate UK shows at small venues under the moniker The Holy Shits, in anticipation of new album ‘Sonic Highways’. There was, however, no new material debuted at any of the shows.
The Foos played: ‘All My Life’,
‘Times Like These’,
‘Learn To Fly’,
‘Cold Day In the Sun’,
‘Best Of You’ and
‘Sonic Highways’, their 8th studio album, is scheduled for release on November 10, with each of the album’s 8 tracks to be debuted one-a-week on the group’s new HBO show, beginning on October 17.
Last week at the Foos’ Brighton Concorde 2 show, Dave Grohl joked that the next time they’d be back they would be paying a “week of Wembleys”. At the moment the band have no further UK live plans confirmed. Before the Invictus Games, NME were offering some lucky fans the chance to attend via Wordeo.