The US band returned to the stage on Saturday night (July 4) for a 20th anniversary concert at the Robert F Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington DC, their first outing since being forced to cancel their UK stadium shows and Glastonbury headline appearance due to Dave Grohl’s recent broken leg.
Grohl suffered the injury when he fell off the stage at a show in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 12, later finishing the show despite his pain.
Performing in Washington DC on Saturday, Grohl took to the stage in a giant throne, surrounded by guitars, lights and amp so he could perform whilst resting his injured leg.
Prior to performing ‘Big Me’, Grohl described how he designed the throne. He said: “Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you a story. A funny thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago. We were on tour and we were in Europe, playing a gig in Sweden. It was a beautiful night just like today, a big ass stadium full of people. We started playing our set, it was all good. Then guess what? I fell off the fucking stage.”
He added: “What can I say? I hit the ground so hard, I broke my leg. But I met a nice doctor and he said ‘Look, you dislocated your ankle. I have to put it back in place right now.’ So he put it back in place. And I said ‘Can I play this fucking show now?’ He said ‘No, wait, we got to put a brace on you’… I said ‘How about you get the brace and I go play?’… We had a great show, but then I had to go get an X-ray, and I got jacked up. I went to the hospital and had a bit of surgery… I thought ‘Oh shit, we have to cancel shows. I don’t like cancelling shows’… So I took a couple oxycodones and drew a picture… I was high as a fucking kite. I said ‘I ain’t missing this show for the world, you build me this throne'”.
Grohl then showed a sketch of the throne, which you can see pictured below. Also watch a video of the singer discussing the incident and his throne.
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Foo Fighters’ Washington DC show featured numerous support acts, including RDGLDGRN, Trombone Shorty, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, LL Cool J, Buddy Guy and Trouble Funk.
The band’s setlist included select greatest hits like ‘Everlong’, ‘Monkey Wrench’, ‘Learn to Fly’, ‘Big Me’, ‘All My Life’, ‘Breakout’, ‘Best of You’ and more.
Foo Fighters also covered Queen/David Bowie’s ‘Under Pressure’, with Grohl’s own mother joining the band onstage for ‘For All The Cows’.