This past Wednesday (7), Foo Fighters announced a special one-off show for Dave Grohl’s 46th birthday at the Forum in Los Angeles. And while those purchasing tickets for the in the round performance last night (10) were told there were no openers, the band delivered over four hours of music with a star-filled arsenal of guest musicians that included Van Halen’s David Lee Roth, KISS’ Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Zakk Wylde, Perry Farrell, Tenacious D, The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Nick Oliveri , Slash, Lemmy and Trombone Shorty.
Foo Fighters gave a few hints as to what might transpire by posting songs by Van Halen, KISS, Zakk Wylde and more on their Facebook page, but the show delivered an all-star jam session beyond what most fans that bought the $50 tickets could have expected. It opened with Paul Stanley and the Foo Fighters playing a pair of KISS songs, “Detroit Rock City” and “Do You Love Me.” Yet perhaps the most exciting moment came when a now chrome-domed David Lee Roth came out near the end of the set to play “Panama” and “Aint’ Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” with the band.
In between Stanley and Roth, Alice Cooper played a pair of songs, Zakk Wylde joined the band for a pair of Black Sabbath songs,”Fairies Wear Boots” and “The Wizard,” and the slightly unlikely duo of Joe Walsh and Perry Farrell played a song from each musician’s band about mountains. There were also plenty of Foo Fighters songs.$10 from each ticket went to three charities, MusiCares, the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, and the Rock School Scholarship Fund.