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“Jeesh! Relax…..I was only talking TO England!! ABOUT England..Stop eavesdropping internets! xoxo Dave.” This is the message Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters facebook page to reassure fans who got agitated after rumors of the Foo Fighters ending their touring activity for a long time after the performance at Reading Festival on August 26.
During the show in Reading, frontman Dave Grohl defined the night as special, then adding “Well, well, well. The f**king Reading festival. You guys realise we’ve got a lot of songs to play. It’s the last show of the tour and it’s the last show for a long time.” The anxiety traveled rapidly through fans, who thought about possible cancellations of the forthcoming shows schedule by the band. As reassured by Grohl, the Foo Fighters will instead go on playing a bunch of shows in September in the U.S., including the benefit concert “Global Festival” taking place in New York.
According to NME’s report, Foo Fighters’ show in Reading kept the spectacular features that usually characterize the band’s live performances. Foo Fighters typically engage in long sets for their fans, playing tracks that go through their entire career, enriching the performance with the distinctive energy and interactions with the audience that define Dave Grohl. Concerning the band’s performances Grohl told NME “We don’t do those little shows, we do those big shows, where everybody goes home saying, ‘I can’t believe they played that many f**king songs.’”
Foo Fighters’ performance in live shows was not always satisfactory to Grohl though. The frontman says they have improved with time. “We used to suck, but now we are pretty good.” During the performance in Reading, he also recalled the first time his current band played there ‘‘First time we ever played here, we played in the tiny tent and it was the hottest show we ever played. They asked us to headline and we said ‘No! We don’t headline the first time we ever play in England’. This was the first song we ever played,” introducing then the track Winnebago.
2012 is a special year for Grohl to be playing at Reading, aside from the tour he is undertaking with his current band. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the infamous Nirvana’s performance at Reading Festival in 1992, defined by many as one of the best live performances in music history. Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl decided to homage his historical band in a very personal way. He dedicated Foo Fighters’ song These Days to his former band mates, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, telling the audience “I’d like to dedicate this song to a couple of people who couldn’t be here tonight. This one’s for Krist and this one’s for Kurt.”
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