The Smiths & Foo Fighters Members Join Forces


It has been noted that Following Foo Fighters’ surprise Friday performance at Glastonbury, Dave Grohl stuck around for another unannounced cameo on Saturday: the Foo Fighters frontman played drums for Pretenders during their own set at the UK festival via Consequence.

Grohl wasn’t the only big-name guest to join Chrissie Hynde-led outfit. Johnny Marr, who briefly played in Pretenders following The Smiths’ breakup in 1987, also made a surprise appearance during the band’s Glastonbury set.

The Pretenders’ set included songs like “Back On the Chain Gang,” “Don’t Get Me Wrong,” “I’ll Stand By You,” and “Tattooed Love Boys.”

Watch fan-captured footage below:

Pretenders are set to release their new album, Relentless, on September 15th. Last week, they unveiled their latest single, “I Think About You Daily” featuring Jonny Greenwood.

Later this summer, Pretenders will open for Guns N’ Roses on their US stadium tour. Tickets are available here.

Despite being nearly three decades since they made their Glastonbury debut, Chrissie Hynde and co. brought the same energy as what first put them on the map, delivering a career-spanning setlist that included fan-favourites ‘Back On The Chain Gang’ and ‘I’ll Stand By You’.

“My favourite thing about Glastonbury over the years is seeing my guitar heroes”, Hynde said before introducing The Smiths legend Johnny Marr mid-set.

They performed ‘Back On The Chain Gang’ and ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ together to begin with.

Marr briefly joined the band in August 1987. In late 1987, he toured with the band and appeared on the single ‘Windows of the World’ before leaving a year later, in 1988.

After that, fresh from his appearance on The Pyramid Stage last night, Foo Fighters’Dave Grohl then arrived to play the drums. “Apparently there’s a drunk guy backstage…he insists on playing,” Hynde joked with the crowd before Grohl appeared.