Dave Grohl settled the question of how he would perform on the Foo Fighters‘ North American tour on Saturday night (July 4th) at the kick-off show in Washington D.C., playing the entire epic set from a massive, light-up throne surrounded by guitars. Grohl even showed off footage of himself after his surgery for the broken leg that he sustained in a fall from a stage in Sweden last month.
The Foos’ 21-song show, which also marked the 20th anniversary of the release of the Foos’ debut album, followed sets from Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett, LL Cool J, and Trombone Shorty. In honor of the anniversary, the Foos played a number of songs from the first album and even welcomed Grohl’s mother to the stage.
Speculation over whether the Foos would postpone the start of the North American tour continued for weeks after Grohl’s fall. His injury required six screws in his leg and forced the band to cancel the last seven dates of its European run, including two stadium headlining gigs.
But Grohl told the Washington crowd, “I’m not missing this show for the world,” explaining that he was “high as a kite” on painkillers when he came up with drew the design for his onstage seat, which he envisioned having “guitar arms” and “lasers and s**t shooting from the top.”
The Foos opened their hits-packed set with “Everlong,” blazing through crowd pleasers like “Big Me,” “Walk,” “Learn To Fly,” “The Pretender,” acoustic versions of “My Hero” and “Times Like These” and a cover of the Queen / David Bowie classic “Under Pressure.”
Well before his injury, Grohl told us that it’s vital for the band to change up the live show:
“You’ve got to change it up. To keep things interesting musically, like, that’s our lifeline, you know, and to experiment and do things we’ve never done before. So we go out every night and we play all the loud, old rock stuff, we play all the loud new rock stuff, we play acoustic stuff, newer acoustic stuff, we just kind of change it up a little bit.”
Grohl, his rock and roll version of the Iron Throne and the rest of Foo Fighters next perform on Monday night (July 6th) in Camden, New Jersey.