“This is a big fucking stadium”: Foo Fighters hit the capital with epic London show

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London Stadium, Friday 22 June, 2018

It’s easy to forget that Foo Fighters have now been playing stadium shows on our shores for almost fifteen years.

It all began in 2005 at Hyde Park, before subsequent returns saw them conquering the cavernous surroundings of Wembley Stadium and the National Bowl.

Dave Grohl Olympic Stadium

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But as they made their debut at the former Olympic Stadium on Friday night, it seemed like the two-night residency might  just prove to be the jewel in the crown of Foo Fighters’ very special relationship with the UK.

It begins with ‘All My Life’ – a song with the unique ability to propel hundreds of pricey pints through the air from the moment that Dave Grohl’s weaponised guitar line is heard for the first time.

Foo Fighters London Stadium

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From herein, it’s a stunning 2.5 hour set that leans heavily on their greatest hits – but done in a way that never feels like they’re going through the motions for the hundredth time.

Instead, it seems like they’re still having the time of their lives, and it’s painfully clear to see why.

London Stadium Foo Fighters

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An early highlight comes in ‘Rope’, which sees Taylor Hawkins delivering an extended drum solo on a raised platform at the back of the stage.

It’s an impressive sight to behold, but you sense that he’s still getting a huge kick from the chance to show off to a 60,000 capacity crowd every night.

As for Grohl, he might have just found his new favourite venue.

“Fuck, Wembley!”, he excitedly tells the crowd early on.

Foo Fighters London Stadium

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“This is a big fucking stadium.”

He’s certainly not wrong – but it’s testament to Grohl’s formidable reputation as a frontman that the whole thing feels a lot more intimate, personal and funny at times.

Although leaning heavily on the past, 2017’s ‘Concrete & Gold’ also shines too.

A haunting rendition of ‘The Sky Is A Neighbourhood’ proves a powerful highlight, while ‘Sunday Rain’ gives Hawkins the chance to take centre stage once more.

And as the show nears it close, ‘Run’ is met with the kind of reception that ensures that it’ll be a staple of Foos shows for decades to come.

Predictably it’s Everlong that draws things to a close, with an epic firework display that proves the perfect closer to the night.

Their best UK show yet? We’d bet our house on it.

Photo: Oliver Halfin