As the opening chords to All My Life rang out and a black curtain dramatically fell to reveal Dave Grohl sitting atop a mechanical throne, it was clear that the ringmaster of modern rock was here to make amends.
Foo Fighters fans were left bitterly disappointed when the American rockers were forced to cancel the Edinburgh date of their tour after Grohl broke one of his legs at a gig in Gothenburg. Yet last night, as the beaming frontman and his band blasted their way through thundering opening numbers All My Life, Times Like These and Learn to Fly, all was instantly forgiven.
“I don’t know if you’ve got work tomorrow, but I’m going to try to keep you here as long as I can,” he screamed, defiantly refusing to let his lack of limbs result in a lack of showmanship. “I knew you’d be the loudest audience on this fucking tour!”
With his leg encased in plaster, Grohl’s enthusiasm for being able to make it up to the fans that he let down in June was eclipsed only by their enthusiasm for being able to watch the band perform one of their most unusual gigs to date.
Thanks to the band adopting a slightly more mainstream sound in recent years, and the increased radio play that followed, the crowd that filled the stadium was diverse and noticeably different from the one that turned out to see them perform at T on the Fringe at Meadowbank back in 2007. Tellingly, there was a 50% split when the audience were asked whether or not they’d ever seen the band live before.
Not that it mattered – the entire stadium was up on their feet the entire time, dancing away to Monkey Wrench and singing their hearts out to My Hero, Best of You and set-closer Everlong.
For better or for worse, Foo Fighters belong in stadiums like Murrayfield. They’ve earned it and, boy, can they handle it!
Words: Amy Anderson