Dave Grohl celebrated his 46th birthday in epic fashion on Saturday night (January 10th), as he and his band Foo Fighters performed a three-and-a-half hour show at the Forum in Los Angeles and were joined by guests such as Slash, Van Halen‘s David Lee Roth, Paul Stanley of Kiss and Alice Cooper. According to Billboard, the sold-out show was also staged as a benefit, with proceeds from ticket sales going to Musicares and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
Playing on a rotating stage, the Foos launched the show just after 8:30 p.m. with the Kiss classics “Detroit, Rock City” and “Do You Love Me” as they were immediately joined by Stanley. The band then ran through a fistful of Foo Fighters hits like “All My Life” and “My Hero” before inviting Slash and Tenacious D to the stage for a humorous take on “Immigrant Song” and a crowd singalong of “Happy Birthday.”
Other guests included:
Alice Cooper for a double dose of “School’s Out” and “18”;
Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell for “Mountain Song,” with additional accompaniment by ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde;
A version of the Rolling Stones‘ “Miss You,” with Farrell turning the mic over to Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins after admitting he didn’t know the words;
Performances of Black Sabbath‘s “N.I.B.” and “Fairies Wear Boots.”
In between guest spots, the Foos returned to their catalog for chestnuts like “Best Of You,” “This Is A Call,” “Monkey Wrench” and “Times Like These,” along with lesser-known cuts. Then at about the 150-minute mark, Grohl brought out a guest that he admitted he didn’t really know before now: David Lee Roth.
A bare-chested Roth strutted onto the stage for a run through Van Halen’s “Panama” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” before yielding the mic to a musician who was a major influence on Grohl: Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister. Grohl and the legendary Lemmy led the Foos, along with a returning Slash and Zakk Wylde, through a rendition of Chuck Berry‘s “Let It Rock.”
After more than three hours, Grohl promised that the band would play even longer the next time it came back to Los Angeles.
The Foos will launch their biggest North American tour ever later this year, hitting arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums in the summer and fall.