The Foo Fighters frontman cancelled the headline slot due to a broken leg
Grohl made a surprise appearance during the first of Paul McCartney’s shows at London’s O2 Arena in May. Speaking to NME, Grohl said it was McCartney’s turn to return the favour, “this time it’ll be me saying: ‘Paul! ‘All My Life’! It’s in the key of G. Let’s go.'”
Grohl was speaking to NME before he broke his leg in Sweden over the weekend and was forced to cancel the band’s remaining shows in the UK and Europe, including their headline slot at Glastonbury.
Explaining to NME how he ended up onstage with McCartney, Grohl said he had arrived in London with nothing to do and received a text message which read, ‘get down to the O2 right now! Paul’s going on in 40 minutes!’
“I just raced down there and had a bunch of drinks watching the show by the side of the stage,” he continued. “Then, before the encore Paul came over and said, ‘what song are you coming up to play?’ I was like UHHHHHHH – I didn’t have a guitar, I’d had like 17 beers. He’s like, ‘OK, you’re doing ‘I Saw Her Standing There’. Then he walks back onstage and I’m like FUCK! I turn to one of his techs, they hand me the guitar and they’re just like ‘GO!’ That’s how that happened. So if Paul happens to be standing round the side of the stage at Glastonbury, this time it’ll be me saying: ‘Paul! ‘All My Life’! It’s in the key of G. Let’s go.'”
Asked whether he’d consider inviting fellow headliner Kanye West on stage, who tops the bill on the Saturday night, Grohl replied, “Sure! Why the fuck not?”
“We’ve done weirder,” added drummer Taylor Hawkins. “We let anyone come up onstage with us and sing a song. If Kanye wants to do a Queen song…”
Fans have been reacting to the news that Foo Fighters have cancelled their Wembley Stadium shows and Glastonbury headline slot.
Thousands have expressed their feelings on social media with many disappointed by the news and others understanding of the decision. One fan wrote: “Foos are brilliant but Dave couldn’t give 100% with a broken leg! Best choice made!” Another added: it’s the worse news, I had Wembley tickets too, they’re talking about refunds. I don’t want the bloody money. Give me foo’s”.
Today (June 17) it was confirmed that Florence And The Machine would replace the Foo Fighters as Glastonbury’s Friday night headliner.
Speaking for the first time since being confirmed as the new headliners for Glastonbury Festival 2015, the band said they are “honoured” to be taking the spot and send their love to Grohl.