Foo Fighters delivered one of the band’s now-customary two-plus-hour, career-spanning sets during their performance on Saturday night (February 1st) in New York City just prior to Sunday’s (February 2nd) Super Bowl in New Jersey. Playing in a 1,500-capacity tent set up at the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier and museum perched on the Hudson River, the band’s third official show in the past 18 months — not including a warm-up at a pizza joint in California in December — featured hits like “Big Me,” “Walk,” “My Hero,” “Learn To Fly” and more, along with extended jams on “Monkey Wrench” and “This Is A Call.”
One thing it did not contain, however, was any new material from the Foos’ forthcoming eighth album, which is in the works now. Frontman and band leader Dave Grohl told the crowd near the show’s end, “I wish I could play you our whole new record. But I can’t. It’s a surprise.”
- Grohl acknowledged that Foo Fighters has been around for nearly 20 years in his introduction to “Big Me,” saying, “Years ago, I was in this band” — meaning Nirvana — “and while I was in this band I wrote a bunch of songs and made a bunch of recordings in my basement . . . (then) I wasn’t in the band anymore, so I decided to do what I learned in Seattle — we started a band, bought a Dodge Van and played clubs. And that was 20 years ago.”
- According to Rolling Stone, Grohl interacted happily with the audience throughout the show, even sipping from a fan’s beer at one point and saying, “As far as I’m concerned, this is f***ing half-time right here.”
- It’s likely that the Foos will now return to work on the new studio album, which Grohl keeps hinting is being recorded in a way that no one has ever done before.
- His next scheduled public appearance will be at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, when he will enter the Hall as a member of Nirvana.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the first 45 minutes of Foo Fighters’ performance from Saturday night: