A new generation might have reclaimed Reading Festival, but on Sunday night (August 25th) festival favourites Foo Fighters still found a fertile audience as they returned to their British stomping ground. The festival is a firm-favourite of Dave Grohl, “it was my first love of festivals. I think this will be my 10th time playing” he told NME about his time here with Foo Fighters and previous band Nirvana.
This is not another gig for them, so they pulled out all the stops for an explosive, fun-filled set. NME’s Jenn Five got up close with the band for these intimate pictures…
On Sunday night, the Foo Fighters headlined Reading Festival for the fourth time. They've made seven appearances at the festival since their first show back in 1995.
Ever the Reading lover, Dave Grohl was on scintillating form – sprinting across the stage during opening songs 'The Pretender', 'Learn To Fly', and, er, 'Run'.
During 'Run', Grohl paid tribute to late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, who died earlier this year. “I wanna sing this one for Keith from The Prodigy,” he said. "I remember playing here with The Prodigy, 2009. That was the craziest shit I’ve ever seen,” he told the crowd.
The band made time for a couple of covers in the set, too. AC/DC's 'Let There Be Rock' featured towards the end, but it was the Hawkins-led cover of Queen's 'Under Pressure' that impressed the crowd the most. Just days earlier at Leeds Festival, the band invited a Freddie Mercury-impersonator to perform the song with them.
During the set, drummer Taylor Hawkins stuck a picture of Oasis brothers Liam & Noel Gallagher to his drumkit. After Grohl and Hawkins' swapped positions for a cover of Queen's 'Under Pressure', Hawkins said: “One of these days we’ll get Oasis back," and suggested the crowd should "sign a petition" to get them to reunite.
The two-and-half-hour show featured hits from throughout the band's back catalogue, including four songs from their last album 'Concrete and Gold', released in 2017. Earlier this month, Hawkins suggested that the band could have a new album out in 2020.
During band introductions, each band member performed snippets of some classics, with Chic's 'Good Times', Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust' and Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train' getting an airing. Here's keyboardist Rami Jaffee having an absolute blast during his moment.
There were more surprises in store, obviously. After linking up at Club NME a couple of weeks back, Grohl introduced '80s popstar Rick Astley to perform a beefed-up cover of his song 'Never Gonna Give You Up'. Grohl had plenty of praise for Astley too: "Rick Astley’s got balls the size of the fucking London Eye, and I’m not kidding right now," he said before dedicating 'Big Me' to the singer.
An extended version of 'Everlong' rounded out the headline show for one of the festival's most beloved and dependable bands. See you back here in five years?