March 20, 2007

Foo Fighters take Hyde Park by brute force

You know those lame free channels that you get on DirectTV that never have anything good on them? Well last night I was completely blown away by an airing of the absolutely kickass Foo Fighters show last summer to a sold out Hyde Park crowd of 85,000 blokes and birds. A friend once told me that the best show he ever attended (ever) was a Foo Fighters show back in the day, and I remember receiving this news with a bit of incredulity at the time (“You mean, as in EVER?”).

After watching this set, I understand that possibility now. It has all become clear.
Hot dang.

FOO FIGHTERS (all good and plugged-in)
Hyde Park, London
DVD Audio Rip
June 17, 2006

In Your Honor
All My Life
Best of You
Times Like These
Learn To Fly
Shake Your Blood (with Lemmy from Motorhead)
Stacked Actors
My Hero
Monkey Wrench
Tie Your Mother Down (with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Taylor on vox)


This performance was released as a second bonus DVD disc for the UK version of the recent live concert DVD Skin and Bones. The main disc is acoustic (as was the set I saw from them just a few months after this was taped); the Hyde Park show is definitely not. Cathartic and fervently intense, I am absolutely loving this and wish I could have been there. Fancy that.

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  • Awesome!

    Sad that more people don’t realise just how rocking Foo Fighters are.

    Monkey Bastard — March 20, 2007 @ 8:44 am

  • The Foo Fighters are one of those bands blessed with the ability to rock one of those soulless arena venues to their very foundations, as they did when I saw them at the SECC a couple of years ago. They’ve just announced a date at Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Stadium in August, and I’d be there in a shot if I could affourd eighty quid for a pair of tickets right now!!

    lism. — March 20, 2007 @ 9:06 am

  • Thank you for the Foo Fighters, as well as all the other great stuff you post on here.

    Jeff — March 20, 2007 @ 10:22 am

  • Heather,

    I have seen a million shows, and I rocked em all. From Pearl Jam to Pink Floyd, NONE have compared to seeing the Foo Fighters at the intimate settings of the House Of Blues in Anaheim CA. The benefit show for Musicians Assistance Program (MAP), held in between album releases and major arena tours was a virtual greatest hits barrage that left their audience exhausted and truly rocked upon completion. I swear, there is a part of me that doesn’t even want to see the Foos live again for fear that it would spoil the memory of that night.

    Claim E. Claimer — March 20, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

  • The first time I saw the Foos, I stumbled home with seriously bruised ribs from an extended foray into the mosh pit. Excellent.

    The second time was in a big hanger type place in Manchester, their first big arena gig in the UK. They literally blew the roof off. Excellent.

    The third time was in the same aircraft hanger in manchester. Dave Grohl drummed for a couple of songs, and I satisfied a lifelong ambition to see, well, Dave Grohl drumming. Excellent!

    Seen the Foos three times now – once in a smallish venue and twice in a big aircraft hanger type place.

    righteye — March 20, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

  • I was so glad to read this about the Foo Fighters. I don’t think that bloggers give them a whole lot of credit and I really believe they are a great band.

    Anonymous — March 20, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

  • Heather you rock. Not as much as this show, but it’s damn close. Thanks.

    kingseyeland — March 20, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

  • I saw them in Austin with the Chili Peppers. Good stuff! This post also got me thinking about their cover of “Darlin’ Nikki”.

    Anonymous — March 20, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

  • I saw the Foos at a club opening for Mike Watt in 1995, before the first record came out. I was 19. The club wasn’t allowed to promote who was in the Foos (or that Ed Vedder was there too, playing guitar for Watt). But everyone knew of course. The show was fantastic – I still remember the guitar tricks between Pat Smear and Grohl. Great stuff.

    Anonymous — March 20, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

  • wow, Heather! Again, awesome find.

    aikin — March 20, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

  • Excellent. First major concert I ever went to was the Foo Fighters, when Franz Stahl had replaced Pat Smear. Rocket From The Crypt opened on that one. I’ve seen them 3 times, best concert of my life was when they opened for the Chili Peppers. (Second best of my life is Pete Yorn at the North Star In Philly) It was the Californication tour, and Dave Drummed while Taylor sang Pink Floyd’s “Have A Cigar.” The Foo Fighters always have a stellar lineup of musicians, and even the bad shows that I’ve heard about have their great moments.

    Paul — March 20, 2007 @ 10:37 pm

  • It’s 9am, I’ve just dropped my son at school, and I am rocking the playroom with this amazing show. What a find.

    thank you!

    Lisa — March 21, 2007 @ 7:03 am

  • Hot damn! What a show!

    matt — March 21, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

  • Wow. Let’s also give credit to that amazing audience. Their energy is contagious even as I sit here listening to it at home. I’ve never been much of a Foo Fighters fan, but in this context they’re awesome.

    Sal — March 21, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

  • Don’t forget to check out NIN’s “With Teeth” concert on DirectTV too.

    Anonymous — March 21, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

  • I saw this very show one time on Frontier Airlines. They have Direct TV on the plane, and I was on my way to Mexico (after running into you at the airport with you!) and they were playing this. I was rocking out and it helped keep me from having a breakdown when the plane took off (I hate flying). It was such a high energy, crazy awesome rocking show that I watched the whole thing. Thanks for reminding me of it!

    Kristy — March 22, 2007 @ 11:46 am

  • Whoo! I was there :] Awesome show, just a shame I wasn’t closer. By the way, I thought that it was John Deacon playing drums, not Roger Taylor?

    Thank you for the audio rip though! When I’ve got some money then I’ll have to get the dvd to relive the show.

    Brendan — March 22, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

  • Did you actually do the DVD audio rip? It is great sound quality! What program do you use to rip the track?

    Josh — March 23, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

  • This is fantastic. Everlong at the end is as good as it gets. And Brendan, the Foo’s drummer is Taylor Hawkins.

    Anonymous — March 24, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

  • I think Brendan was referring the guys from Queen that came out and played for one song, and I could Google but do not know the answer to the question about Deacon v. Roger Taylor.

    heather — March 24, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

  • Foo fighters rock, no doubt.

    Jesse — March 26, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

  • thank you for the show… WOW… i got goosebumps and chills from hearing the massive crowd singing along with Dave… this show is awesome… the energy is just amazing…


    Thomas — March 27, 2007 @ 11:06 pm

  • roger taylor is queens drummer, john deacon plays bass

    GaleForce — March 28, 2007 @ 3:13 am

  • Nah, I concede. It must be Roger Taylor. I just remember hearing something that sounded like John Deacon when Taylor introduced Brian May and t’other guy! I was trying to check on the audio but it’s been removed/ cut just as he introduces them!

    Still, problem solved – Roger Taylor was drumming and I’ve thought it was John Deacon for the past year. Like, duh! :]

    Brendan — March 28, 2007 @ 6:41 am

  • the Foos do Foo like no other. I’ve only seen them once – in April ’95 at the Masquerade in Atlanta with none other than one Mr. Vedder singing with a side band – Hovercraft – and Jeff Buckley wandering around the small crowd taking in the show.

    all in all, one cool night close up with the big kids.

    Anonymous — May 23, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

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