Foo Fighters Play Epic Three-and-a-Half Hour Show In Chicago: Live Recap

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters
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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at Suncorp Stadium on Feb. 24, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. 

"Tonight we're going to try and break our record for the longest show ever," Dave Grohl told the crowd at Chicago's Metro during Foo Fighters surprise show on Friday night (Aug. 4). By 2 a.m., three hours after the rockers took to the stage, they showed no signs of stopping anytime soon.

"We were given a 4 a.m. curfew," Grohl revealed.

For a band about to release its ninth album, Concrete and Gold, out Sept. 15, performing a never-ending show of both career-spanning hits and a sprinkle of new material is a smart move. Within seconds, Foo Fighters proved there's no dust to brush off here -- the group is as fresh and vivacious as ever.

During the three-and-a-half hour set, Grohl's raspy roar was well on display, while the band's driving rock riffs and heart-pounding drumming were enough to cause a seismic event. Within the 32-song set list, Foo Fighters only tossed in a small handful of new tracks off the upcoming album: lead single "Run," southern-colored "The Sky Is a Neighborhood," screamo-esque "La Dee Da," bluesy "Dirty Water" and "Sunday Rain," which Paul McCartney drums on. Grohl succinctly summarized the new album, saying, "There's a lot of f---ed up shit on it."

Even though Grohl said he doesn't typically stop to talk in between songs ("because we got a lot of f---ing songs, man"), when he did he made sure his stories were not only entertaining, but ones that also cemented Foo Fighters' place in history. From recalling the band's first Chicago show, which took place at the same venue and saw them share a bill with Eddie Vedder and Mike Watt in 1995, to reminiscing on stage with special guest Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder) about Foo's first gig at the festival years ago. Farrell then joined Foo for a cover of the Jane's Addiction track "Mountain Song."

By 1:23 a.m., Grohl updated the crowd by affirming, "I would say goodnight, but we have about 20 more songs." The remainder of the set list saw the veteran rockers cover Queen's "Under Pressure" with drummer Taylor Hawkins on vocals while Grohl took his turn on drums, Faces' "Stay With Me," Tom Petty's "Breakdown," and a couple more.

Elsewhere, the set included hits and deep cuts from the past two decades, from "Big Me" off the band's 1995 self-titled debut, to tracks like "Something From Nothing" and "Congregation," from 2014's Sonic Highways. Also included were, of course, fan favorites like "The Pretender," "Learn To Fly," "My Hero," "Monkey Wrench," "Skin and Bones" and dozens more -- all of which sounded just as fresh and earnest as when they first came out.

With about a month to go until the release of Concrete and Gold, Foo Fighters' surprise show -- during Lollapalooza, of all times -- served as a not-so-subtle reminder that the band is not only headliner material (it's possible Foo Fighters could headline Lollapalooza in 2018) but also a band with such staying power that regardless of how well its new album performs, they can and will continue to sell out venues -- from a 1,100 capacity venue like Metro to a 42,000 capacity space like Wrigley Field -- and please fans for years to come.

Here's the set list:


"Run" (new)

"All My Life"

"Times Like These"

"White Limo"

"Learn to Fly"

"The Sky Is a Neighborhood" (New)

"Something From Nothing"

"The Pretender"

"Big Me"

"Cold Day in the Sun"


"La Dee Da" (New)


"These Days"

"My Hero"

"Skin and Bones"

"Dirty Water" (New)



"Sunday Rain" (New)

"Mountain Song" (Jane’s Addiction cover, with Perry Farrell)

"Monkey Wrench"

"This Is a Call"

"I’ll Stick Around"

"Miss You" (Rolling Stones cover)

"Under Pressure" (Queen cover)

"Stay With Me" (Faces cover)

"Breakdown" (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)

"Best of You"

"Let There Be Rock" (AC/DC cover)