It’s been tradition for Godlike Genius recipients to play a little live set after they collect their award for a good few years now. So when we named Dave Grohl that most honourable of titles in 2011, the fact that Foo Fighters performed a celebratory set wasn’t too much of a surprise. What was, however, was how long they decided to play for.
It’s the norm for bands to do five or six songs, but Dave’s crew? Try 23. Not only that, but they also played their then-new album ‘Wasting Light’. In full. Before getting to any of the hits. Audacious perhaps, but when your one of the most celebrated musicians in the world you can get away with a lot, even on nights when you’re not being honoured.
Elsewhere in the set, the group covered The Who‘s ‘Young Man Blues’ with Roger Daltrey, and finally showed off their stacked back catalogue, including the likes of ‘All My Life’, ‘Times Like These’, ‘My Hero’, ‘Everlong’, ‘Monkey Wrench’… we could go on – and the Foos did.
Two hours later, following several threats to play “all night long”, and one excursion off stage to perform from a table-top by Dave, things eventually wrapped up. Even Godlike Geniuses need a break sometimes, I guess. Stamina aside, that epic, unexpected gig was one of the most memorable nights in NME Awards history. Our rock hero has long been called the nicest man in rock, but how about the most generous?
Here’s Foo Fighters incredible setlist from that night below, and watch footage of the show above.
‘Young Man Blues’
‘Back + Forth’
‘Matter Of Time’
‘Miss The Misery’
‘I Shoulda Known’
‘All My Life’
‘Times Like These’
‘Learn To Fly’
‘I’ll Stick Around’
‘This Is A Call’
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.