Transcending subcultures, the mainstream, as well as the underground, Foo Fighters seem to be the single solitary modern band that globally garner music aficionado's affections.
Whether it’s down to their uplifting and sing-a-long (well, ‘scream-a-long’, if you like) arsenal of stadium-rock anthems, or the fact that the most-liked man in rock music fronts the band in Dave Grohl, you'll struggle to find one fan, critic, or artist who can muster up a negative riposte aimed in their direction.
Following the dissolution of the revolutionary grunge icons Nirvana in 1994, drummer Dave Grohl went his own way starting Foo Fighters (a name which intentionally disassociated himself from his previous venture) as a solo project which eventually grew into a fully-fledged, bonafide rock band. The following year saw the release of self-titled debut Foo Fighters alongside first appearances on the festival circuit, in front of the drum-kit, for Grohl at Pukkelpop and Reading Festival.
Fast-forward nearly 25-years and they’ve grown to become the quintessential rock festival headline act.
Often sitting pretty at the top of people’s wish-lists as most desired festival headliners, Foo Fighters have famously performed at Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Secret Solstice, Austin City Limits, Rock am Ring, Mad Cool Festival, and returned to headline both Reading and Leeds Festivals on a number of occasions. So, the world's biggest stages. Fair enough then, when you consider that 'The Pretender', 'Best Of You', 'Learn To Fly', and 'Everlong' is merely a snippet of their setlist.
Proving they’re consummate festival headliners, Dave Grohl makes it clear he wants to give the crowds what they want: a barn-storming two-hour set, chocca with the rousing tracks that have earned the band countless Grammy, MTV, NME, and Brit Award wins over the years.
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