Foo Fighters in London. Those four words made me freak out a few months ago and I instantly contacted my friends to share the hype and most important to make sure we get tickets.
The Foo Fighters were playing the closing concert of the Invictus Games in the Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday 14th September, so obviously this opportunity couldn’t be missed. We were lucky and got our tickets quickly as the concert was sold out in no time.
Pretty hyped we made our way down to the concert ground early afternoon, just to be greeted with a wild Bryan Adams appearing on stage and happily singing ‘Run To You’ and ‘When You’re Gone’. Without Mel C unfortunately, that would have been brilliant, but still the crowd sang along cheerfully.
During the day the crowd was entertained by the likes of Rizzle Kicks, The Vamps, a lovely Ellie Goulding and the Kaiser Chiefs, who did predict a riot – but got a friendly sing a long instead.
Between the performances all participants of the Invictus Games got on stage and received their well deserved medals and massive cheers from the big crowd that gathered down at the Orbit (also referred to during the day as roller-coaster and Transformer) 😉
As the sun set you could feel the tension growing. I think it’s fair to say that lion’s share of the audience came just to see the Foo Fighters, and so the waiting was unbearable.
At around quarter to nine, Prince Harry came on stage to read a little message from Granny. And it was beautiful. It was silent for the first time during the long day and everyone was hanging on to his words about the Invictus Games and this glorious closing ceremony. It all ended, with Prince Harry refusing to crowd surf, despite his notes stating it. What a shame. I’m sure he would have loved it.
After having teased us long enough he finally introduced the Foo Fighters on stage, and then for a brief moment actual royalty was hugging rock royalty in the form of – the one and only – Dave Grohl.
They started with a brilliant performance of ‘All My Life’ and the crowd went crazy. From the first few lines sung by Dave Grohl until the very last lyrics of this night, it was one big sing along. And we all absolutely loved it.
Foo Fighters are not just a band, who have some good songs, no. ‘They always deliver, they never disappoint.’, my friend was trying to tell me over the sound of ‘Times Like These’.
It’s really hard to explain what it felt like, standing there in a crowd of 26,000 and just trying to take it all in, why constantly thinking that this is amazing and you couldn’t have spent that money any better.
The set continued with a great selection like ‘Learn To Fly’ – one of my favourites, and ‘The Pretender’.
Dave Grohl dedicated ‘My Hero’ to all the contestants of the Invictus Games and it was a truly amazing moment. So many feelings coming to life again.
The time went on way to quickly with every single one of us singing our hearts out to ‘Best Of You’ – such a great song. Especially live.
The show eventually had to end, and it wouldn’t have been the mighty Foo Fighters if they wouldn’t have ended with the anthem ‘Everlong’.
What a concert. I just couldn’t get over the fact that it was already over. I wanted it to go on, for at least another hour. Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end.
So, I went home, smiling like crazy about my first ever Foo Fighters concert being and absolute success.
Mr Dave Grohl – I salute you.