American rock royalty, Foo Fighters made good on a promise on Tuesday (8th September 2015) delighting over 80, 000 fans; the gig was originally scheduled for June, but the band were forced to pull the plug when frontman, Dave Grohl broke his leg just a week before, but not before ensuring fans that the gigs would be rescheduled.
The famous “FF” logo adorned the stage wall and a blown-up doll version of Grohl was launched into the crowd as main support Royal Blood bowed out and cleared the way for The Foos; the familiar intro to “All My Life” sent a wave of excitement through the crowd as the curtain dropped to reveal the quintet as they tore into the lead single from, “One By One”. Hit singles, “Times Like These” and “Learn To Fly” followed before a helping from recent LP, “Sonic Highways” in the form of lead single, “Something From Nothing”. Frontman, Grohl sat in a custom-made throne kitted out with fret-boards and smoke dispensers; known for his “nice guy” reputation, he apologised to fans for the original gig being cancelled and a rough sketch of the throne he drew was displayed on the screen behind him while he explained that “rocking out on a fucking garden chair” while his leg repaired itself was NOT an option! “The Pretender” followed, as well as a throwback to tracks gone by with earlier hits, “Big Me”, “My Hero” and “Breakout”.
Snippets of “Eruption”, “Another One Bites The Dust” and “In A Big Country” sound-tracked Grohl’s individual introductions of the band (and a show and tell of their musical talent and skill) to the Murrayfield crowd. A cover of “Molly’s Lips” followed before drummer, Taylor Hawkins took centre stage on “Cold Day In The Sun”. Fans were assured by Grohl that Foo Fighters play until it’s time to leave and not to expect the “pretend to leave the stage before coming back on” routine from them which sparked a cheer of appreciation from punters, before they revisited their “Wasting Light” era with“Walk”,“White Limo” and “Arlandria”.
“These Days” and “This Is A Call” brought things down to a slower pace, before Grohl announced from his throne fit for a rock king that the next track was a song that a Scottish crowd could really dance to, before ripping into fan-favourite, “Monkey Wrench”. The famous “sing-a-long” verse from the track was screamed along to by the 80, 000 strong crowd that was sure to have echoed across the city of Edinburgh.
Penultimate and personal track, “Best Of You” was dedicated by the band to support Royal Blood, as Edinburgh was the last gig the bands would be playing together; the duo joined the band on-stage for a celebratory drink. “Best Of You” saw fans lose all inhibitions; flying pints, crowd surfers and manic moves! Spin-chiller, “Everlong” brought the set to a close.
This gig certainly proved that good things really do come to those who wait, and despite being limited due to his injury, Grohl strived to ensure fans were not short-changed in this ever-growing expensive gig scene as he head banged and kicked his good leg throughout, proving that you can’t keep a good rocker down!