Dave Grohl says he prefers to see ‘old school’ lighters than mobile phones at Foo Fighters gigs

"I’d rather it look like a Scorpions video than a Deadmau5 video," he tells Portland crowd

Dave Grohl has said that he prefers to see fans waving lighters than mobile phones during Foo Fighters gigs.

Foo Fighters are currently on tour in the US and played a gig in Portland, Oregon on September 14. Footage from the gig has emerged in which Grohl speaks to the audience and extends his thanks to the Foo Fighters crew and backstage team.

During this speech he turns his attention to the fans and asks them to help light the stadium for him before the band play ‘Big Me’.

“This is a sweet, sweet occasion,” he said. “Ladies and gentlemen, I would like for you to light this rock show with any sort of illuminating device you are holding in your hands. Cigarette lighters are preferred, because that’s the fucking old school shit. I’d rather it look like a Scorpions video than a Deadmau5 video.”

Watch the footage below:

It was during the same Portland gig that Grohl’s former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic praised Foo Fighters as “the best band in the world”.

Novoselic posted a series of messages on Twitter while at the Moda Center gig in Portland on September 14. The bass player did not, however, become the latest in a long line of guest stars to join the band on the tour.

Dave Grohl has been playing much of the current tour on a throne-style chair after he broke his leg during a show in Sweden and was subsequently forced to pull out of headlining Glastonbury festival early as a result.

Earlier this month Foo Fighters played a series of rearranged UK dates, including a night at the Milton Keynes Bowl arranged after cancelling their Glastonbury and Wembley Stadium gigs in June.

The band marked the occasion by forming a “superdupergroup” with Queen’s Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones for a cover of Queen and David Bowie’s ‘Under Pressure’.