Foo Fighters bring Live Earth London to its feet

Dave Grohl pledges to return to Wembley 'for four nights'

Foo Fighters have played a storming set, if somewhat hairy set, at Live Earth in London this evening (July 7).

Dave Grohl, sporting a hefty studio beard having spent the last few months recording, took the stage at Wembley Stadium as his band returned to live action.

The group had warmed-up with a secret show at Dingwalls, also in London, on Thursday (July 5).

There Grohl had told the crowd “we thought we’d do a gig because we didn’t want to get blown off by the Pussycat Dolls.”

The band also go in early practice with drummer Taylor Hawkins joining the SOS Allstars drum orchestra that opened the London show, while bassist Nate Mendall also got some extra time in playing Spinal Tap’s epic “bass off” earlier this evening.

The band kicked off with ’All My Life’ bring most of the crowd to its feet, before Grohl screamed for the crowd to get involved,

“I want you to sing-a-long if you know it,” he shouted at lung-busting volume. “It’s called ’My Hero’.”

He then dedicated the next song to the event’s organiser.

“How you guys doing? I want to sing a song write now and I want to dedicate it to Al Gore because it’s time like these your times like these you learn to live again,” declared Grohl quoting the chorus of the band’s track of the same name.

Declaring he could play all night, Grohl said he’d make do with a “couple more songs” before jokingly added “you know we’ll come back and play here four nights in row, eventually”. He then dedicated ’Best Of You’ to “you know who”.

Walking to the end of the catwalk in front of the stage, Grohl then delievered a raw, solo version of ’Everlong’ from the middle of the crowd, before his bandmate returned to provide a fitting climax to the song and their set.

Foo Fighters played:

’All My Life’

‘My Hero’

‘Times Like These’

‘Best Of You’

‘Everlong’

Live Earth continues in London with the headliner Madonna coming next.

Stay tuned to NME.COM for reports live from Wembley Stadium all day.