FOO FIGHTERS - GLASTONBURY 2017 [TAYLOR HAWKINS R.I.P. 1972 - 2022]

June 26, 2017 – 5:32 am

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TAYLOR HAWKINS R.I.P. 1972 - 2022

The drummer with US rock group Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, has died on March 25, the band have announced. Hawkins was 50. The band said they were “devastated by the tragic and untimely loss” in a statement on social media. No cause of death has been given. Hawkins played with Foo Fighters for more than two decades, joining shortly after they finished making their 1997 album The Colour and the Shape. The band are currently on tour in South America.

“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us forever,” Foo Fighters wrote. “Our hearts go out to his wife, children, and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.” Foo Fighters were formed in 1994 by Dave Grohl, after his previous group Nirvana disbanded following the suicide of lead singer Kurt Cobain. - bbc.com

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FOO FIGHTERS
Glastonbury 2017 [no label, 2CD]

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. Pyramid Stage, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK; June 24, 2017. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Kate Hutchinson, theguardian.com:

Time was when Foo Fighters would play a festival tent and have fans scaling the poles in order to get to glimpse them. From the ashes of Nirvana rose a neo-grunge band whose joyous melodies and ebullient punk energy charted a new course through alt.rock: anthemic but with a low-slung grittiness. Decades on, as Saturday’s Pyramid stage headliners, there isn’t that same sense of urgency, only the odd hint of what - apart from their legacy - once made them so special.

The night begins with a nod to what might have been two years ago, when the Foos were slated to headline Friday night at Glastonbury 2015. Days before, tousle-haired frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg on stage in Sweden, bumping up Florence + the Machine to the top of the bill. Florence played a Foos song, Times Like These, in her barnstorming set, so Grohl pays generous tribute by playing it back to her. And then the band come crashing in.

They deliver a “rollercoaster” of a set, says Grohl, and he’s not wrong: at times he and his smartly shirted rockers - including human smile Pat Smear and long-time Foos guitarist Chris Shiflett - feel so deeply entrenched in MOR balladry that any throwback song feels like a rare treat. Their latter-day choruses are the kind now heard on football terraces; as if to underline the monster they’ve created, the huge crowd won’t stop singing the “whoa-oh-oh” refrain to their breakup ballad Best of You, somewhere in the middle of their set. At first the show seems to seamlessly tie together their riffy bangers; but then it begins to chug, weighed down by their so-called “slow dance songs” (Wheels) and Walk.

And yet you cannot fault Foos’ fierceness. They play most songs, however underwhelming, with the gusto of a group having their first garage band practice. Drummer Taylor Hawkins in particular is mesmerising - whenever the camera closes in on his gurning face, sweat is flying, along with his unrivalled drum fills, and it’s especially fun when he swaps drums for the main mic with Grohl to sing a cover of Bowie’s Under Pressure. Other minor highlights: My Hero is dedicated to Michael and Emily Eavis, as well as Katy Perry; whenever they have a jam, which looks like they still genuinely enjoy rocking out (quite often); the unexpected accordion solo from key player Rami Jaffee.

Grohl is still the ever-charismatic frontman, feeding the crowd lines between songs about having a party, how the crowd are “fucking beautiful”, and, of how they want to carry on playing a little longer and their audience should stay till the bitter end, “I understand that the EDM tent is going to be full…” It’s as if he hasn’t clocked that they are part of the same commercial coin. But perhaps there’s hope yet. New song Run from forthcoming ninth album Concrete and Gold [scheduled for September 15, 2017] takes a surprisingly gnarly turn, with a bassline that ploughs sexy new depths and luxuriates in some major fretwork in the breakdown, as if Grohl is channeling Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age.

Their vintage songs are the ones that still hit hardest - and those are not just the words of a nostalgia bore. They dedicate closing track Everlong to “Laura” - presumably Laura Plane, a teacher from Devon, a lifelong Foos fan who recently died after a cancer battle and whose husband Grohl had reached out to. As the fireworks fizz in the background, it’s a reminder of the true emotional pull the band can have.

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Meanwhile, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has beaten Adele’s record for the most swear words used in a Glastonbury headline performance. According to the NME, Grohl told the crowd: “We were doing an interview and someone said, ‘you know you’re not supposed to swear - there’s no swearing on Glastonbury’. I was like, what the f*** is that supposed to f***ing mean? And then I guess, Adele holds the record for the most f***s in a Glastonbury appearance. Now I love Adele, but guess what?” After chanted the F-word with the audience for a while, he added: “OK, I think we broke her record - I heard it was 33.” However the crowd pressed him further to go beyond the record and Grohl responded: “Dude, shut the f*** up! That’s 34!”

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Thanks to indykid for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Times Like These 7:10
Track 102. All My Life 4:51
Track 103. Learn to Fly 5:28
Track 104. Something From Nothing 4:49
Track 105. The Pretender  8:17
Track 106. band introduction 6:01
Includes Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent), Another One Bites the Dust (Queen) and Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones)
Track 107. Cold Day in the Sun 3:27
Track 108. Congregation 4:48
Track 109. Walk 6:16
Track 110. These Days 6:36
Track 111. My Hero 10:14
Track 112. Wheels (slow version) 6:29
75 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Run 8:22
Track 202. This Is a Call 2:14
Track 203. Arlandria 6:33
Track 204. Monkey Wrench 13:28
Track 205. Best of You 13:27
Track 206. Skin and Bones 7:36
Track 207. Under Pressure 6:58
Queen cover with Taylor on vocals and Dave on drums
Track 208. Everlong 7:38
67 mins

Lineup:
Dave Grohl - guitar, vocals (drums on Under Pressure)
Pat Smear - guitar
Chris Shiflett - guitar
Nate Mendel - bass
Taylor Hawkins - drums (vocals on Under Pressure)

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  1. 18 Responses to “FOO FIGHTERS - GLASTONBURY 2017 [TAYLOR HAWKINS R.I.P. 1972 - 2022]”

  2. Unusual - Track 201 Run goes right into This Is A Call. Then Track 202 This Is A Call starts up from scratch. It is not the same recording. There is no correction needed, it’s just - odd. Run definitely has big possibilities, the vocals - screaming - is fantastic and the guitars - wow. And live - no studio tricks, I think. Grohl ?!?! Hey, Russian Assassin, et al!

    By ScarRad on Jun 26, 2017

  3. incredible setlist. And it’s crazy how fast these are up.

    By Terry on Jun 26, 2017

  4. The live version of Run just smashes the studio version - drums, guitars, vocals. The studio is good, but the live makes the studio sound like it’s asleep! ironic!

    By ScarRad on Jun 26, 2017

  5. What , no dick talk?must be the wrong blog

    By Ule on Jun 28, 2017

  6. Don’t care what anyone says … especially the dick wad jokers on this site … but IMHO these guys are the best rock ‘n’ roll ticket on the planet. All Hail The Foos!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jul 16, 2017

  7. Lineup:
    Dave Grohl - guitar, vocals (drums on Under Pressure)
    Pat Smear - guitar
    Chris Shiflett - guitar
    Nate Mendel - bass
    Taylor Hawkins - drums (vocals on Under Pressure)

    This is untrue. As of may/june 2017 rami jaffee is the newest member of the band.

    By w1b0 on Jul 19, 2017

  8. Rumor has it this was a band of Big Uns

    By U L E on Mar 27, 2022

  9. With Dave being the Biggest Un

    By U L E on Mar 27, 2022

  10. Who starts these rumors ?

    By Jocko P on Mar 27, 2022

  11. Undoubtedly, the greatest rock band of all time. Nobody comes close.

    By HHH on Mar 27, 2022

  12. Hey Anti , triple h , I guess this group ain’t to bad for modern shit . At least it ain’t no rap shit coon music , or fake shit done by computers like most shit is today . It still ain’t up there wit Led Zep , The Who , Sabbath , Cactus , Ten Years after , Pink Floyd though . These modern whipper snappers can’t carry them old timers jocks

    By Derrick on Mar 27, 2022

  13. Anti , triple h , what you guys think of this trans gender bullshit goin on today ? Queer faggots is bad enough, now you got bitches wanten to be dudes and hairey ass men wanting to be bitches . What’s wit that shit?

    By Derrick on Mar 27, 2022

  14. You were either born wit a pussey or a dic . Get the fuck over it already. These people need to be locked up in a mental hospital

    By Derrick on Mar 27, 2022

  15. How’s bout that dude who says he’s a bitch competing against women in swimming? Dude calls himself Leah Thomas . Been beating the shit out of real women , it’s all over the news . They need to throw that dude in prison. He can get lots of big black dic in there

    By Derrick on Mar 27, 2022

  16. These trans people should be put in prison Derrick, or a nut house . I along with those gay freaks . Can’t believe the shit going on in the world today . No morals or decency anymore.

    By Nelson on Mar 27, 2022

  17. What a Silly Billy you have been Taylor Hawkins…

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-60890202

    By swappers on Mar 27, 2022

  18. . . . . . . .still not me.

    Why quote a link from the BBC?

    By swappers on Mar 28, 2022

  19. We watch with alarm the breach of copyright on this page . But also we are troubled by the deterioration of the intelligence of you so-called “Americans” (or “colonists” as we prefer to refer to you) . Frankly , to put it in your own lingo , you are a fucked up bunch of shit for brains morons .

    By The BBC on Apr 7, 2022

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