Foo Fighters make live rock ‘n’ roll history with four-hour set joined by legendary rock stars at The Forum

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Photo: Chris Yassan

It is hard to guess how the Foo Fighters could ever top what they did last night at The Forum to celebrate lead man Dave Grohl’s birthday. Billed as Dave’s birthday bash, the show that was announced Thursday saw nearly a dozen special guests show up and play with the Foo Fighters. They played nearly four hours and totaled 31 songs (view the entire set list at the bottom of the page), an unbelievable show that will be hard to top for the best of 2015 – and we are just in January.

Things kicked off with Paul Stanley of KISS joining them for “Detroit Rock City” and “Do You Love Me.” Slash and Tenacious D came out to help with Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” as balloons rained down on the stage (scroll down to watch the videos).


Alice Cooper joined them for “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen.” Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age helped out on vocals for a cover of Roky Erickson’s “Two Headed Dog.”

Zakk Wylde joined the band for two Black Sabbath covers. Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction came out and did “Mountain Song” and Rolling Stones’ “Miss You.” Trombone Shorty came out and turned in a ridiculous jam session with Grohl.

Then David Lee Roth came out and did Van Halen’s “Panama” and “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love.” To close the night, Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister joined them for the Chuck Berry song “Let It Rock,” along with Slash and Wylde.

All of this was sandwiched between the band playing a number of their own hits as well as some of the songs off Sonic Highways. “All My Life,” “The Pretender,” “My Hero” got played early in the set. “Monkey Wrench,” “Learn to Fly,” “Times Like These,” and “This is a Call” got played later on.

It was one of the most unforgettable nights for anyone lucky enough to attend. It also helped cement the Foo Fighters’ unquestioned status as America’s No. 1 regularly-touring rock band.

For those who wanted Foo Fighters at Coachella, this was a good idea of what we are going to be missing at the Polo Fields in April. You could call last night a dose of Grohlchella.

Words: Mark E. Ortega

Photography: Chris Yassan 

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Photo: Chris Yassan 

Photo: Chris Yassan

Photo: Chris Yassan

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Foo Fighters and Tenacious D covering Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” at The Forum.

The Foo Fighters with David Lee Roth performing Van Halen’s “Panama” at The Forum.

Foo Fighters joined by Paul Stanley of KISS for “Detroit Rock City” and “Do You Love Me” at The Forum.


Set List: Foo Fighters at The Forum celebrating Dave Grohl Birthday Bash — January 10, 2015
1. ‘Detroit Rock City’ (with KISS’ Paul Stanley)
2. ‘Do You Love Me’ (with KISS’ Paul Stanley)
3. ‘All My Life’
4. ‘Rope’
5. ‘The Pretender’
6. ‘My Hero’
7. ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ (Queen cover with Tenacious D and Slash)
8. ‘Immigrant Song’ (Led Zeppelin cover with Tenacious D and Slash)
9. ‘Congregation’
10. ‘Walk’
11. ‘School’s Out’ (with Alice Cooper)
12. ‘I’m Eighteen’ (with Alice Cooper)
13. ‘Cold Day in the Sun’ (with Taylor Hawkins on vocals)
14. ‘Monkey Wrench’
15. ‘Two Headed Dog’ (Roky Erickson cover with Nick Oliveri on vocals)
16. ‘Learn to Fly’
17. ‘White Limo’
18. ‘Arlandria’
19. ‘N.I.B.’ (Black Sabbath cover with Zakk Wylde)
20. ‘Fairies Wear Boots’ (Black Sabbath cover with Zakk Wylde)
21. ‘Times Like These’
22. ‘Outside’
23. ‘Mountain Song’ (with Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell)
24. ‘Miss You’ (Rolling Stones cover with Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell)
25. ‘Something From Nothing’
26. ‘This Is a Call’ (featuring Trombone Shorty jam session)
27. ‘Best of You’
28. ‘Panama’ (with Van Halen’s David Lee Roth)
29. ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’ (with Van Halen’s David Lee Roth)
30. ‘Everlong’
31. ‘Let It Rock’ (Chuck Berry cover with Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Slash and Zakk Wylde)


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