When you think of epic rock and roll concerts, many great bands come to mind. Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and AC/DC just to name a few. Amazing bands have come and gone, but when I think of a modern day rock band, I only visualize The Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium in London.
The Foo Fighters played three sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, at 86,000 capacity. If you do the math, that is 258,000 people that The Foo Fighters rocked in three nights! What was an even greater achievement, was the fact that all three shows were sold-out in just weeks. No other band has ever sold out Wembley Stadium in that time.
This was not the first time The Foo Fighters played this venue. They played a short five song set at Wembley Stadium for the Live Earth Benefit Concert in 2005. Dave Grohl, the lead singer, was astonished when they returned to the stadium, he had remembered it being much smaller the first time The Foo Fighters graced Wembley's stage.
The Foo Fighters pulled out every stop at this concert, playing and epic 21 song set list. Every person had a different favorite Foo's song, and they did not disappoint. They played every single one of them! Fans expect excellence at any Foo Fighters concert, but there was more expectation for this one.
The pace was furious at the beginning, the band blasted through there first five songs with no intermission, poisoning the crowd with delicious, relentless noise! By the time they finished those five songs, it already appeared that the band had been running a marathon. An obvious feeling of awe was palpable on the stage. The Foo's had been touring the globe for 20 years, but this night, Wembley stadium, was the greatest night of their lives.
The band had many surprises in store for the rowdy crowd that night, on a scale never before seen at a Foo Fighters concert. As the band was transitioning into an acoustic portion of their set, the gigantic stage began to rotate, band, equipment, and all! The gathering of 86,000 fans roared as the Foo's then delivered an epic 360 degree rock show that had never been dreamed of, let alone seen before!
Another surprise, perhaps the biggest of the night was The Foo Fighters playing two Led Zeppelin cover songs. A true Foo's fan may not be surprised by this, because Dave Grohl and his band mates are true Led Zeppelin fans. The true surprise came, when Dave invited surviving Led Zeppelin members, John Paul Jones on bass, and Jimmy Page on guitar. The crowd was manic at this point, when the group began belting out those classic Led Zeppelin jams they all knew and loved.
The band finished out there night in style with many more of their hit songs, and even having drummer Taylor Hawkins take the microphone for a couple of them. With their final song "Best of You", the band gave it everything they had left in them. The sweat was pouring and the hair was flying, and the crowd was jumping. The song finished, lead singer Dave Grohl had tears running from his face as fireworks lit the sky above the stadium.
So if you ever find yourself asking, "What was the most epic rock concert of all time?" The answer should be simple. The Foo Fighters at Wembley.