Foo Fighters charmed life was even further charmed over the weekend, when the group played at the Milton Keynes Bowl in England as part of a short U.K. swing to make up for shows canceled after Dave Grohl broke his leg falling offstage in Sweden during June.
As it has at many of its shows this year the group played the Queen/David Bowie hit "Under Pressure," but on Saturday night (September 5) -- what would have been the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's 69th birthday -- the Foos were joined for the song by Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, who played with Grohl in the side project Them Crooked Vultures.
Introducing the two rock icons, Grohl told the crowd, "I don't know if y'all have ever seen a supergroup. This is a superdupergroup! I don't even know what to say because this kind of shit doesn't happen every day. Let me just tell you that the Foo Fighters, right now, are living out our rock 'n' roll fantasy with you tonight."
During the show Grohl was apologetic about the June cancellations, apologizing for "the delay" and particularly for missing this year's prestigious Glastonbury Festival. "Maybe next time," he said, though added that "I feel like we need to take a little bit of a break after this (tour) -- no pun intended, motherfuckers."
The Foos finish their three-show British run tonight (September 8) in Scotland, then resume their North American tour on Friday (September 11) in Vancouver.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.