Foo Fighters played a surprise invitation-only show on Friday night (February 24th) at the tiny Cheese & Grain non-profit event space in Frome, Somerset, England. According to multiple outlets, the band broke its year-plus hiatus to celebrate its confirmation as the latest headliners for this year’s Glastonbury Festival. The secret gig was streamed live via the Foo Fighters YouTube channel, although viewers outside the U.K. were not immediately able to see it.
Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us a while back why smaller shows are sometimes better than arena gigs: [“There’s such a different feeling you get when you play something like that, as opposed to playing the sort of, you know, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in front of, you know, 15,000 people. I mean, that’s a big, giant thing, you know, and that’s a big, over-the-top show. But when they’re right there in your face, you can’t get that in front of 20,000 people.”]
- The 24-song set on Friday night featured previews of two new songs, tentatively titled “Run With Me” and “Keep Your Pretty Promise To Yourself.”
- The show was the first official Foo Fighters gig since November 2015, although Grohl has done a few low-key solo appearances and the band played at benefit events last October and earlier this month.
- A string of European dates in the summer have also been announced, along with one U.S. festival appearance in California, but Grohl and the Foos have yet to announce plans for a new album.
- Foo Fighters were supposed to headline the 2015 edition of Glastonbury but had to pull out after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg falling off a stage in Sweden.
- In a post on Twitter after Friday’s show, Grohl thanked the people of Frome and promised “many more surprises” for the year ahead.