Foo Fighters Perform With Tribute Singer In Brighton

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You’ve got to imagine it’s every performer in a tribute band’s dream to actually perform with the act they cover and last night for Jay, the leader of British Foos tribute act U.K. Foo Fighters, that dream came true. Foo Fighters kicked off a string of intimate U.K. club dates at Concorde 2 in Brighton on Wednesday night, where they performed under the moniker of “The Holy Shits” and welcomed Jay to front the band at one point.

While Foo Fighters will release their new studio album, Sonic Highways, on November 10, they didn’t perform any of the material from the LP during last night’s 19-song set. Instead, Dave Grohl & Co. focused on “the hits” and older material. “Here’s what I’d like to do. How many of you people have seen Foo Fighters before? Usually it’s in the bigger places. How about we do some of the stuff we wouldn’t usually do in the big places, some old songs,” Grohl said when he took the stage according to NME.com. Later in the evening, he hinted at a much bigger run in the U.K., as per NME, when he exclaimed, “I seem to remember years ago we played this club and it was also hot as balls. When we were asked to come over and play the Invictus Games on Sunday I thought, ‘We haven’t played in the UK in years, and I thought we’d try to play gigs like this pretty much every night we’re here until we have to go home. And it gives us a chance to see your faces before we play that week at Wembley Stadium.”

Before “Big Me,” Grohl mentioned that the members of U.K. Foo Fighters were in the crowd and asked the tribute act “How did we do?” after completing the song. Eleven songs into the set, Grohl brought out the aforementioned Jay to lead the group through “White Limo” with an intro of “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome… Me!” After the tune, Dave likened the situation to being on vacation for three and a half minutes.

The Foos’ first set since June’s Firefly Festival also included the first live version of “Up In Arms” since 2011 and a cover of Tom Petty’s “Breakdown.” Here’s a look at the setlist:

Check out fan-shot video of Jay fronting Foo Fighters on “White Limo” (warning -the audio is distorted):