Foo Fighters celebrated their return to the UK at the Milton Keynes Bowl in Milton Keynes on Saturday (September 5) after cancelling their Glastonbury and Wembley Stadium gigs in June. With the weight of expectation on them, they came out swinging – here’s what happened.
Dave Grohl brought his throne to Milton Keynes this weekend following Foo Fighters' cancelled UK dates earlier this summer. The frontman showed signs of being well on the way with his recovery from the broken leg that saw him have to cancel dates at Wembley, Glastonbury and more, getting up to dance during 'Monkey Wrench'.
They were supported on the night by Iggy Pop and Royal Blood. Both acts had been scheduled to open for the band at the Wembley shows.
Last year Dave Grohl explained what made him pick Royal Blood as one of the Foo Fighters' support acts. He'd been following them since watching their Glastonbury performance. Then he found out they had taken the UK Number One spot with their self-titled debut album. "I was like ‘Woah! I have hope!’"
Punk rocker Iggy Pop was the second support act. The 69-year-old was full of energy, playing a string of classics including 'Passenger' and 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' .
Before he began he introduced himself: “I’m Iggy... it means everything for me to be here." Unsurprisingly, later into his set he also removed his top.
Making way for the mighty Foos, he wrapped up his set in style with his debut album's lengthy closer 'Mass Production'.
Entering to a fired-up ‘Everlong’, Grohl yelled “we came back for you!” and “we waited a long fucking time to be here, it’s gonna be a long fucking night” as the band launched into an early run of hits including ‘Monkey Wrench’, ‘Learn To Fly’ and ‘The Pretender’.
"I hate cancelling shows," said Grohl. "I said ‘I’ve got to get back there as soon as we fucking can’. I’m sorry for making you wait so long. Tonight we’re gonna play some extra long shit, we’re just getting warmed up. Who’s gonna lose their voice first? Not me”.
The show continued with another clutch of hits including ‘All My Life’ and ‘Times Like These’ before Grohl announced “we see some old school Foo Fighters fans, we gotta play some songs for the old school fans”. The band launched into third album track ‘Breakout’ and ‘This Is A Call’, bookending the new album’s ‘Outside’, which Grohl described as “something kinda mean”.
Having announced that the band aren’t doing encores, Grohl closed the show with ‘Best Of You’, telling the audience “When this happened to me… I always knew we’d come back, I just hoped you would too.” At the end of the song he took to crutches to walk to the end of the ego ramp and wave at the crowd.