Foo Fighters brought their greatest hits to Leeds Festival tonight (August 24) as they headlined the Main Stage.
The band, who last topped the bill at the festival in 2005, played a mammoth two-and-a-half-hour set in front of a huge crowd, which saw Queen drummer Roger Taylor’s son Rufus make a surprise appearance onstage for a cover of Queen classic ‘Tie Your Mother Down’. Scroll down below to watch footage.
Arriving onstage, frontman Dave Grohl shouted to the crowd: “Are you ready? Are you ready? We’re going to have some fun tonight. It’s going to be a long fucking night.” The band then kicked off with ‘White Limo’ before racing through ‘Rope’, ‘The Pretender’ and ‘My Hero’.
Introducing, ‘Cold Day In The Sun’ Grohl said: “Ladies and gentlemen I’ve fucking seen you, I’ve met you before. Some of you I’ve never met. How many haven’t ever seen a Foo Fighters show?” He was then greeted with huge cheers before adding: “What the fuck? Not one show? Actually that’s OK because we’ve got pretty good over the years and you’ve picked a great night.”
Later, during ‘Monkey Wrench’ all the band members except drummer Taylor Hawkins raced up to the barrier at the front of the stage, before Grohl pulled a blow up doll onstage and started snogging it.
Wrapping up the show with ‘Everlong’, an emotional Grohl told the crowd: “To be a headliner is a huge fucking honour. We never expected to play to an audience this big.” He added: “To me it is a testament to anyone who wants to pick up a fucking guitar and be like The Beatles or AC/DC. It’s a huge honor and I’d like to thank you for the last 20 years of my life.”
James Brown, 18, from Spennymoor declared the show a triumph: “That was unbelievable. I’ve waited six years to see them tonight and they were class. ‘Best Of You’ was amazing, the ultimate highlight for me.”
Danielle Fleming, 22, from Liverpool added: “Oh my God that was unbelievable, I didn’t think I could ever top that. They are the best band in the world.”
Foo Fighters played:
‘All My Life’
‘Learn to Fly’
‘Cold Day in the Sun’
‘Hey, Johnny Park!’
‘This is a Call’
‘Bridge Burning’/’In The Flesh’
‘Best of You’
‘Times Like These’
‘Tie Your Mother Down’
The Black Keys warmed up for the Foo Fighters with a set which drew heavily from their 2011 album ‘El Camino’.
Kicking off an early afternoon set over on the Main Stage, the Gaslight Anthem played a host of tracks from their back catalogue including ‘Even Cowgirls Get The Blues’, ‘Old White Lincoln’ and recent single ‘45’ from their 2012 album ‘Handwritten’.
Kaiser Chiefs also made a triumphant return to their home town earlier in the day, performing their Olympics Closing Ceremony cover of The Who’s ‘Pinball Wizard’.
Speaking to NME before their set, keyboard player Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines said: “Leeds is always a very different experience for us – when you’re in a different country you can go around and watch a few bands, but this is always just sorting out guestlist and seeing people.”
“We all love Leeds,” drummer Nick Hodgson sang to the crowd, adding, “Don’t worry, we’re going to sing that at Reading too”. Meanwhile, singer Ricky Wilson climbed onto the scaffolding, before jumping down and throwing his microphone into the crowd for ‘I Predict A Riot’. They also performed hit singles ‘Every Day I Love You Less And Less’, ‘Ruby’ and ‘Oh My God’.
Earlier in the day, Pulled Apart By Horses became the first ever Leeds band to open the festival. They kicked off by urging the front of the crowd to form two circle pits whilst doing the conga. “It’s a fucking pleasure being here. I can’t lie to you, this is fucking weird,” frontman Tom Hudson told the crowd as guitarist James Brown handed out cans of lager to the first few rows of fans.
Band of Skulls, Eagles of Death Metal, and Bullet For My Valentine also played the Main Stage.
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