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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 →

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Watch vintage footage of Foo Fighters rocking the Electric Factory in 1997

Dave Grohl in simpler times, onstage at the Electric Factory in 1997 | via Pilgrim's Progress
Dave Grohl in simpler times, onstage at the Electric Factory in 1997 | via YouTube

There was a time, many moons ago, when Dave Grohl wasn’t the in-yer-face rocker dude taking the stage at arenas around the globe with a guitar and a broken leg on a somewhat ridiculous throne. When his Sonic Highways HBO series didn’t have devotees trying to convince us that the was the lone savior of a vanishing generation of rock n’ roll (a point up for discussion among the music intelligentsia).

There was a time when Grohl was a goofy, humble former drummer of a colossally successful 90s rock band who was starting over in a solo project and hoping that some fans would be along for the ride. 18 years ago this weekend, Foo Fighters came through Philadelphia on tour in support of their sophomore album The Colour and the Shape. It was a hot July night; Supergrass opened the show. Some people came just for them, left early and are probably kicking themselves today. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Foo Fighters at Susquehanna Bank Center, Modern Baseball at Chameleon Club

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Foo Fighters | photo via Facebook

After a massive 4th of July show in D.C. over the weekend, Foo Fighters bring their tour to Susquehanna Bank Center tonight. The fate of the national tour was in question a few weeks ago after lead singer Dave Grohl fell off of a stage in Sweden and broke his leg, but he’s back together and ready to rock out the band’s extensive catalog. Check out the video for “Best of You” below and pick up tickets to the outdoor show here.

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