Dave Grohl was joined by his daughter Violet on stage in an emotional set which saw the Foo Fighters frontman reflecting on the band’s many appearances at the festival.
Violet Grohl has become a regular guest on stage at the band’s recent mini-European tour. News of her appearance at Leeds was confirmed by Dave in an interview with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 earlier today (August 23).
Whilst Grohl confirmed Violet would appear at Leeds, he said she would miss Reading Festival because she’s back at school on Monday. Grohl said: “My daughter is singing with us every night. It’s sad, but she’s going to have miss Reading as she’s got to go back to eighth grade. Her school starts on Monday.”
The Foos hit-filled opened with ‘Pretender’. One of the moments fans most enjoyed sharing afterwards was when a paraglider appeared in the backdrop to the festival during ‘Learn To Fly’ and when Grohl and co brought a Freddie Mercury lookalike from the audience onto the stage for a rendition of ‘Under Pressure.’
You can check out that moments and others with the footage, images and reaction from fans at the gig below.
— Reading & Leeds Fest (@OfficialRandL) August 23, 2019
— Oli Swaby (@OliverSwaby68) August 23, 2019
— John Pagan (@JohnJPagan) August 23, 2019
Good synchronicity at Foo Fighters Leeds Festival Show tonight. “Learn to Fly” was accompanied by someone using a Gyrochute buzzing the stage. Is that the correct term for a parachute powered by circular blade at the back? I need to learn how they were flying during Learn to Fly pic.twitter.com/eGv7Rm8PtA
— ? Colin Paterson ? (@ColinGPaterson) August 23, 2019
— AngWish (@angelaw1) August 23, 2019
I really bloody love Foo Fighters pic.twitter.com/i08eevhNtS
— James Wilson-Taylor (@mrjaytee) August 23, 2019
— Haley (@haleystott27) August 23, 2019
— LeedsLive News (@leedslivenews) August 23, 2019
— Em Morley (@mauginverginix) August 23, 2019
Foo Fighters. Absolutely unreal.
— Josh Hayman (@JoshHaymann) August 23, 2019
— Leigh (@LeanneRodgerson) August 23, 2019
— Foo Fighters UK (@FooFightersUK) August 23, 2019
Grohl recently revealed the band are planning “cool things” to celebrate their 25th anniversary next year, including a potential documentary series. He said: “We have so many crazy ideas right now. Next year is our 25th anniversary, that’s why we’re coming up with all these cool things to do.”
He added he’d been working on a TV documentary with his mother Virginia Grohl about her book From Cradle To Stage about rock stars and their mothers.
Grohl vowed: “We’ve just done an interview for one episode. Bring a hankie, you’ll cry five times.”
Foo Fighters, Leeds Festival set list:
Learn to Fly
The Sky Is a Neighborhood
Times Like These
La Dee Da
Crazy Train / Good Times / Ziggy Stardust / Dragon Attack
Under Pressure (Queen cover)
All My Life
I’ll Stick Around
Hey, Johnny Park!
Best of You
This Is a Call
Let There Be Rock (AC/DC cover)