By Brian Ives
“There was no way I was canceling this show!”
Dave Grohl made that announcement early into the Foo Fighters‘ July 4 concert at Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium. Normally there would never be any doubt that he’d cancel an appearance anywhere, but in the wake of his catastrophic fall from the stage last month in Sweden which resulted in a dislocated ankle and broken leg, he was forced to cancel the remainder of the Foo Fighters’ European tour. Some fans were questioning whether the U.S. tour—which kicked off last night—would go on.
Grohl made the best of a tough situation. He had a giant Foo Fighters rock throne constructed for him, which had its own lighting rig and moved from the stage up and down the catwalk. There were no catwalk accidents at this show, thankfully.
He explained that the throne was an idea he had while in a morphine-addled haze during his hospital stay. The Iron Grohl Throne was truly a thing to behold. Expect to see it in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame once Grohl is walking again; lots of money could be raised for any number of charities by charging fans to take their photo in it.
The show was a meaningful one to the head Foo Fighter; it was their first stadium headlining gig in the U.S. The concert had a theme mirroring Grohl’s recent HBO docuseries Sonic Highways: RDGLDGRN, Trombone Shorty, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, LL Cool J, Buddy Guy and Trouble Funk, all of whom appeared in the series, were on the bill as well.