Dave Grohl: ‘I cried like a fucking baby watching Florence cover Foo Fighters at Glastonbury’

Grohl also states he 'prayed' that Florence + The Machine would replace his band at the festival

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has spoken of his happiness that Florence And The Machine stepped up to headline last month’s Glastonbury Festival as his band were forced to pull out of the slot.

The US band had been scheduled to headline the Friday night of the Worthy Farm event, announcing the week prior that they were unable to perform due to Grohl suffering an injury at a show in Sweden.

Speaking to Q, Grohl revealed that he first met singer Florence Welch “ages ago” and that the pair “immediately hit it off”.

“I was totally looking forward to playing with them at Glastonbury,” he said.

“When we cancelled and they were searching for a replacement I prayed they’d just move them to the top of the bill because they fucking deserve to be there,” Grohl added. “I was so excited when they announced they would, I emailed Florence to congratulate her.”


Grohl also stated that he received medical advice from Welch during the recovery of his broken foot. Welch broke her foot while performing at Coachella festival in April.

“She gave me great advice for healing broken bones and said they we’re going to cover ‘Times Like These’,” Grohl explained.

“The day after the gig, someone sent me a link to the performance and I cried like a fucking baby. It melted my fucking heart. I am forever indebted to them. It meant so much, you have no idea.”

Watch footage of that performance below. “Dave if you’re listening, we love you. We all love you,” Welch declared prior to the cover.


Foo Fighters will return to the UK later this year for a series of replacement live dates.

Grohl and co will play two shows at Milton Keynes Bowl on September 5 and 6. Iggy Pop will support the band at the gigs.

They will also play Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on September 8. Royal Blood and Honeyblood will open for that show.