If you haven’t heard, Dave Grohl took a tumble last month. The Foo Fighters frontman fell off the stage at the beginning of the band’s concert in Gothenburg, Sweden and broke his leg (see video below)––an injury that could have ended the group’s “Sonic Highways World Tour” before it reached the United States. Yet over 40,000 Foo fans filled New York City’s Citi Field last Thursday, because Dave Grohl won’t let a snapped fibula and dislocated ankle keep his band from putting on a rock show.
The “Broken Leg Tour,” as it has officially been dubbed, played the home of the New York Mets July 15 & 16, 2015. Grohl may be taking his injury in stride, but his leg is still in bad shape. He performs most of the nearly three-hour-long set atop a hydraulically-operated throne––outfitted with guitar necks and emblazoned with the band’s logo. This didn’t change much of anything, and Grohl was quick to ensure the audience, “I’m gonna give it to you harder in this fucking chair than I ever would on two feet.” Though Dave Grohl’s lower body rarely moved during the performance (he did switch to crutches for an acoustic set with help from guitarists Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett), every other part of him thrashed and convulsed to the beat. I never doubted Grohl’s ability to put on a great show from a seated position, but I also never expected to forget he was sitting down the whole time. One concertgoer who had attended both shows explained it best: “Sometimes you lose Dave… because his performance is so amazing, your brain actually expects him to be everywhere but sitting down.”
The group opened with their hit song “Everlong,” and plowed through a 27-song set which included Foo Fighters hits such as “Best of You,” “All My Life,” “My Hero,” “These Days” (which included the ad-libbed “Easy for you to say/ Your leg has never been broken“), and “This Is A Call.” The band also treated the crowd to a selection of covers: KISS’ “Detroit Rock City,” Queen’s “Under Pressure,” and Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” were all used to introduce each member of the band. Both nights brought surprise guests: Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith joined the group Wednesday night for a surprise encore. On Thursday, the Mets’ outfield turned into a punk show when Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know––one half of D.C. punk legends Bad Brains––joined Foo Fighters to crank out their hits “How Low Can A Punk Get,” and “The Regulator.”
Normally, I would stray away from writing an entire show review lauding only the lead singer, but in this case, Dave Grohl earned it (although honorable mention goes to drummer Taylor Hawkins, whose long, flowing blonde locks were propelled past his face a la Beyoncé). After all, Foo Fighters began because of Dave Grohl––what started as a one-man project in the wake of his former Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain’s suicide, has blossomed into one of rock music’s most venerable acts. While this tour is booked through to October, Grohl’s injury will most likely heal before then. I urge anyone who has a chance to see Foo Fighters before this happens, because garnering the attention of tens of thousands of people without being able to walk is a testament to Dave Grohl’s musicianship.
Setlist and other goodies beyond the jump.