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On Monday (June 11), the band played a show in the Belgian city of Antwerp. Writing on the Foo Fighters’ Reddit Page, one fan wrote that that he was worried about Grohl’s voice after attending the gig.
“I was at the Antwerp gig last night, and I thought the state of Dave’s voice was kind of worrying – towards the final third it began cutting out entirely (noticeably on Breakout),” they wrote.
“As great as the show was, it’s fair to say that the set is now geared around preservation – from the sharing of vocal duties with Taylor & Chris, to the drum solo break, to the extended instrumentals of all the major hits. He’s even toned down the screaming now (unless the song calls for it), opting for a ‘woooo!’ instead.
“I know it’s been an issue since the start of the tour, but it’s clear that it’s not a ‘cold’ any more. And it can’t be any good long-term. Do you think it’s just age? Maybe they could stop doing back-to-back gigs (like Metallica are now doing). Any thoughts?”
Another fan replied, writing: “I don’t think it’s shot just yet, but he does seem to have “off” days more often. (although in this case he may not be properly over his cold yet.)
“It’s a miracle it’s held up this long tbh, given that he’s a smoker who doesn’t seem to take particular care of his voice and screams all night long on a regular basis.”
“Saw them in November, was shot then,” another added, while a final comment read: “Listening to the live Switzerland performance going on right now, and I was going to ask the same thing. Seems like he’s out of breath and can’t get through an entire song. And, yeah, he’s basically howling like a wolf instead of hitting the big screams.”
You can listen to Grohl’s voice from the Antwerp and Switzerland performances below:
Meanwhile, Grohl and his mother Virginia Hanlon Grohl are currently producing a brand new documentary series based on the latter’s book From the Cradle to the Stage.