Foo Fighters Live Review
iTunes Festival, London Roundhouse, 11/07/11
The queues snaking from Camden’s Roundhouse are already huge, not just ‘line for the Glasto toilets’ huge, try ‘ash cloud closes Heathrow’ huge.
Even by the impressive standards of this year’s iTunes Festival line-up it can only mean one thing – The Foo Fighters have landed.
Inside the excitement is already well past ‘stray dog in the playground’ levels as alt-rock royalty Jimmy Eat World close out their set with perennial crowd favourites Salt, Sweat, Sugar and the reliably instructional Sing It Back.
But then it begins, with the venue resembling the inside of Victorian Millennium-Falcon the big-screen starts a countdown that Cape Canaveral would be proud of… 3 , 2 , 1 and the Foo’s send the crowd into orbit for what proves to be a faultless two and a half hour voyage through the band's 16 year career.
The Pretender, Learn To Fly and Break Out are all early stand-outs but it was the monster My Hero that became the theme of the night.
Introducing them as heroes-turned-friends, Grohl first brought out rock legend and Probot collaborator Lemmy to perform Shake Your Blood, followed by Queen icons Brian May and Roger Taylor.
So it was with Taylor (Roger) on the drums and Taylor (Hawkins) on lead vocals that a rousing rendition of Tie Your Mother Down sent the set careering towards a close.
“This was not a regular Foo Fighters show!” declared Dave as they sealed the stellar encore with Everlong, and with that off went our hero - he’s far from ordinary.