Foo Fighters celebrated some of frontman Dave Grohl‘s biggest punk rock influences last Thursday night (July 16th), during the second of the band’s two shows at Citi Field in New York. While Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith turned up for Wednesday night’s (July 15th) encore, Thursday night’s surprise guests were Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know of the legendary punk act Bad Brains.
Together with the Foos, they played the Bad Brains songs “How Low Can A Punk Get” and “The Regulator.” The jam represented a punk supergroup of sorts, since Grohl himself once played drums the seminal Washington D.C. hardcore band Scream and Foos guitarist Pat Smear was once a member of the revered Los Angeles band The Germs. Grohl told the crowd of 40,000 that it was “the greatest f**king moment of my entire f**king life.”
The Foos kicked off their massive North American tour on July 4th despite Grohl sustaining a broken leg in a fall from a stage in Sweden last month.
His leg in a cast, Grohl has been playing the shows in a huge light-up throne surrounded by guitars. He told us that the idea had a modest beginning:
“You know when you’re a kid and you’re in school, you sit in your notebooks in class and you draw instruments and stages and stuff like that in your notebook. It’s the exact same thing. If you see the photo, it’s like, it looks like I did it when I was in seventh grade. And it actually happened. And we did the show on the 4th of July, that’s when I realized like, ‘Oh, the throne is the star of the show now.’ People want to see the throne. And you’ll see the throne. The throne’s badass. It’s really fun.”
The rest of the three-hour, 27-song set included Foos hits like “Everlong,” “Walk,” “Big Me,” “Learn To Fly” and acoustic versions of “My Hero” and “Times Like These,” along with covers of Kiss, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper and Queen.
Grohl and the rest of Foo Fighters closed out the first leg of the North American tour in Boston over the weekend and will head to Japan and South Korea for two festival shows before starting the second leg on August 12th in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.