Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s 2015 will go down as one of the most epic years in recent rock star memory. Relive Dave’s greatest moments of the year below!
10. Dave has epic drum off on The Muppets
Earlier this month, Dave Grohl had a hilarious drum off with Animal from Miss Piggy’s band on ABC’s The Muppets.
9. Dave sings happy birthday to his Mom
At Foo Fighters’ epic show at Wrigley Field in Chicago this past summer, Dave Grohl brought his mother Virginia Grohl and cousin Tracy on stage so that fans could sing happy birthday to them! Grohl also discussed his mother drinking with Green Day.
8. Foo Fighters jam with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones & Queen’s Roger Taylor
Foo Fighters were joined by Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones for an epic performance of “Under Pressure” at the Milton Keynes National Bowl, with the musicians forming a ‘super-duper-group.’ Jones played keys, and Taylor drummed, while Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins sang vocals.
Grohl said, “Now look, I don’t know if ya’ll ever seen a supergroup, this is a super-duper-group. I don’t even know what to say, because this kind of shit does not happen every day. Let me just tell you that the Foo Fighters right now are living out our rock and roll fantasy with you tonight, wouldn’t you say?
Taylor Hawkins agreed, “Fuckin’ aye.” Hawkins then told Roger Taylor to “go for it, you’re in charge.”
Dave Grohl said that Queen were the first band to perform at Milton Keynes, so it was fitting that Taylor was joining them. The performance also was a semi-Them Crooked Vultures reunion for Grohl and John Paul Jones.
7. Foo Fighters ‘Rick Roll’ Westboro Baptist Church
After hearing that Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) was going to protest the Foo Fighters Friday, August 21st concert at the Kansas City Sprint Center, Dave Grohl and company ‘Rick Rolled’ WBC who were protesting in front of the venue. The flamboyant counter protest included the band in the back of a truck which was also blasting the Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” while drummer Taylor Hawkins waved a sign that read ‘You Got Rick Roll’d, Again’ and his drum tech sporting nothing but thong underwear below the waist.
6. Foo Fighters Invite Crying Fan On Stage To Sing “My Hero”
Foo Fighters were performing “My Hero” acoustic in Greenwood Village, Colorado last night, and Dave Grohl spotted a fan crying in the crowd. See Alternative Nation’s transcription below!
“Don’t cry motherfucker, I know you’re drunk, don’t cry. Are you crying right now? You’re fucking crying aren’t you? (Laughs) I love you man, look at you, holy shit. You know what, fuck that speech I was just going to make, I’m singing this shit to you right now. I’m gonna sing this fucking song right in your face, man to man, prison style, I’m going man to man. Me and you, I want some real tears, you better sing it with me. (Laughs) Don’t make me cry, because I promised I wouldn’t do this.”
“Get closer, get front row! Where are you going motherfucker? Get back here! No you get here, front row. I’m going to sing this to your crying grown man ass right now. Front row, against the rail, right here, get in here motherfucker, you drunk emotional mess!”
At first Grohl hesitated to bring him on stage, but then he invited him. The fan identified himself as Anthony. Grohl then serenaded Anthony, singing “My Hero” to him and making him continue to cry. Anthony also sang part of the song with Grohl. Grohl joked that nobody should let Anthony drive home, and he also hugged him multiple times.
5. Dave jams with Slash, David Lee Roth, and more on his birthday
Foo Fighters played their first show of 2015 in January on a rainy night in Los Angeles at the Forum. The show was hyped as being a celebration of Dave Grohl’s birthday, but not much was known going in regarding what setlist might be going in, or if any special guests might show up. Foo Fighters kicked off the show and Dave Grohl immediately said that it would be a long night with tons of guests. The band were also using a new round stage setup in the middle of the arena that rotated throughout the show. Grohl would use the stage to rile up fans to cheer for the stage to rotate in their direction, and joked that he was getting nauseous at one point.
When it came to the set, KISS’ Paul Stanley was the first guest. Stanley performed “Detroit Rock City” and “Do You Love Me.” After Stanley left, the band performed “All My Life,” “Rope,” and “The Pretender.” The show mostly continued with this type of rotation, with a couple of songs with a guest performer followed by a few hits. Tenacious D and Slash were the next guests, performing Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” Jack Black led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Dave Grohl, with balloons dropping from the ceiling.
Alice Cooper performed his two biggest hits: “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen.” Former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri came out to perform Roky Erickson’s “Two Headed Dog.” Grohl introduced Oliveri by mentioning ‘the band I used to drum for,’ which led to many fans immediately thinking that Krist Novoselic would come out.
Zakk Wylde was arguably the best guest performer. When he came out, Dave Grohl took over on bass and he, Wylde, and Taylor Hawkins performed as a ‘power trio,’ according to Grohl. Wylde absolutely ripped and immediately won over the crowd, despite being less famous than some of the other guests. Wylde, Grohl, and Hawkins covered Black Sabbath, and it was definitely the heaviest portion of the set. Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell was the next guest for “Mountain Song” and “Miss You.” Farrell was another highlight, with great stage energy despite being in his mid 50’s. Farrell missed some lyrics of “Miss You” and had some light hearted banter with Taylor Hawkins regarding it.
Trombone Shorty came out during “This Is A Call” like he did at a recent festival performance, throwing some variety into the show instrumentally. Grohl then discussed the guest from the night largely being friends that he called, but he said he wanted to play with someone that he never had, and that ended up being the next guest: Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. Roth was a huge surprise, as he is not a part of Grohl’s usual cast of characters in his all star projects. Roth was on top form, telling a joke in a middle of a song about mixing up the word ketchup with ‘you’re a fucking bitch.’ “Panama” was one of the highlights of the night.
The show ended up Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Slash, and Zakk Wylde coming out for “Let It Rock,” which was definitely the loudest performance of the night with 6 guitarists on stage. The show ended at 32 songs clocking in at well over 3 hours, it was definitely a special night that you can only really get in Los Angeles.
4. Foo Fighters Release Surprise EP
Foo Fighters launched a mysterious website in October with a countdown clock ending in late November. They dropped clues to fans during the month long wait, with many fans eventually figuring out that the band would likely release the new songs they had recorded in Austin, Texas. This came to be last month, with the surprise Saint Cecilia EP release, which was dedicated to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.
3. Dave Grohl Unveils His Throne
Dave Grohl made his return to the stage with Foo Fighters in July after breaking his leg in Washington DC for the band’s epic 20th anniversary concert at RFK Stadium. Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett, LL Cool J, and Trombone Shorty also performed. Grohl performed on a throne surrounded by guitars and even showed off footage of himself after his surgery for his broken leg. You can watch video of Foo Fighters performing “Everlong” below, followed by a photo of Grohl post surgery and a close up look at his throne.
2. Dave Breaks His Leg, Keeps Playing
Dave Grohl broke his leg at Foo Fighters’ show in Gothenburg, Sweden in June when he fell into the pit during the second song of the set, “Monkey Wrench.” Grohl immediately knew something was wrong, and told the crowd he thought he had broken his leg. “I think I just broke my leg again. I think I really broke my leg. So you have my promise, right now, that the Foo Fighters, we’re gonna come back and finish the show. But right now…I’m gonna go to the hospital, I’mma fix my leg, but then I’mma come back, and we’re gonna play for you again. I’m so sorry.”
Grohl then told his bandmates they had to do ‘Chevy Metal,’ their side project covers act. Taylor Hawkins then took over vocals for part of the show, and said, “”Dave just broke his leg, in a big fucking way.” Grohl later returned and performed in a chair. “I may not be able to walk or run but I can still play guitar and scream,” Grohl told the crowd upon his return.
1. Foo Fighters Play Show For Rockin’ 1000 In Cesena
This is perhaps the greatest thing to happen in rock music so far this year. Foo Fighters made a dream a reality last month as they fulfilled their promise to play Cesena, Italy.
Back in July, an epic video of 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans playing “Learn to Fly” together went viral. The incredible initiative was spearheaded by visionary Fabio Zaffagnini, who spoke with Alternative Nation in an exclusive interview shortly after the video launched.
Dave Grohl immediately responded via a homemade video where he promised the Foo’s will be coming. Zaffagnini was also flown to Walla Walla, WA to meet the band before their Washington Park Community Center show in August. On October 22, the band announced the show would be happening, with tickets going on sale the next day.
“You want to sing a song? Ready T?” screamed Grohl before Foo Fighters opened the Cesena show with “Learn to Fly.”
“We’re here for a very very special reason. This has never happened before. This is like a revolution,” Grohl said as he expressed sincere gratitude to the joyous crowd.
“And then I fuckin’ cried because it was great,” Grohl continued before “Big Me.” “To see you people, singing our song for the whole fucking world, to me, it’s the greatest moment of my life. You should do the same thing, do it for U2, do it for Pearl Jam, do it for Soundgarden, do it for Rage Against the Machine.”