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XPN MusicNotes: Watch a Foo Fighters fan join Dave Grohl onstage and shred on “Monkey Wrench”

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/

“Come on kid, get on up here right now…are you sure you can play it?”- Dave Grohl to wannabe Foo Fighter

It’s every rock & roll fan’s dream to play alongside their heroes on stage, but few are up to the task…unless you’re some guy named Joey and your hero is Dave Grohl & the Foo Fighters. Continue reading →

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Watch Foo Fighters rock a holiday medley on SNL

Foo Fighters | still from video

Dave Grohl and friends were clearly feeling festive this weekend, when Foo Fighters made their seventh appearance as musical guests on SNL.

For their second performance of the night, the band re-decked the stage to get in the seasonal spirit: lights were strung around evergreen branches, pots of poinsettias mixed in with their amplifiers. Grohl donned a loud Christmas sweater and guitarist Chris Shiflett rocked a Santa hat; meanwhile, keyboardist Rami Jaffee already had a plug-in menorah on top of his rig, lit up for the fourth night of Hanukkah. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: See Dave Grohl’s daughter play drums with Foo Fighters, read lyrics to George Harrison’s “Hey Ringo”

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/

How about this for a rock-n-roll “Father’s Day Special” this weekend: Dave Grohl brought his 8-year-old daughter Harper onstage to play drums with the Foo Fighters at their show at Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival. Watch some great fan videos below. Continue reading →

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Foo Fighters rocked SBC harder on crutches than most bands on their own two feet

Foo Fighters | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Foo Fighters | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

The show must go on… For Dave Grohl that means wheeling out on stage in a giant throne of beheaded guitars and flashing lights. He is pretty spry for a guy with a cast on his leg and limited mobility. He’s spry for a guy that’s in his mid-40s and has been doing this for close to 30 years. Foo Fighters have been doing it for 20 already. While I wouldn’t peg them as revolutionaries of rock n’ roll, their cross-generational appeal does put them on a pedestal with legends like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and The Who. They live the rock n roll lifestyle like it’s 2015, however. They’re not burning down hotel rooms or being found in some alley after a three-day binge. In fact, outside of in-your-face enthusiasm, Dave and Taylor Hawkins – who seemingly appears the most alongside Grohl in interviews – seem like a pretty chill group of friends. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Foo Fighters at Susquehanna Bank Center, Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Union Transfer

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

So Dave Grohl’s cast is reportedly off, but its unclear whether tonight’s Foo Fighters headlining show at Susquehanna Bank Center – their second Philly-area gig of the summer – will be played via throne or or in traditional standing stance. Either way it’s cool, since the previous Camden show reportedly ruled. Below, check out two fan videos of the July 6th SBC show: an acoustic rendition of “My Hero” matched with a driving electric take on “Pretender.” Need more convincing? Here’s a then-and-now comparison of Foo Fighters Philly-area concerts. Tickets and more information on tonight’s encore gig can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →