Foo Fighters closed out the Reading Festival on Sunday (25), making it a night fans will surely not forget.
Aside from their hit-filled set list, the band decided to dedicate their performance of “Run” to late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint. “I wanna sing this one for Keith Flint from The Prodigy!,” Dave Grohl shouted from the stage before the band launched into the Concrete and Gold single. “Let me tell you something,” Grohl continued during the song’s bridge, “I remember playing here with The Prodigy in 2009. That was the craziest shit I’ve ever seen! I want to see some Prodigy shit!,” instructing the crowd to go crazy. “That’s for you Keith!,” he finally screams as the song comes to a close.
You can watch video of this performance via Twitter:
“I wanna sing this one for Keith from The Prodigy” – Dave Grohl of the @foofighters dedicates their @OfficialRandL performance of ‘Run’ to the legendary frontman. #RIPKeithFlint 😢 (1 of 3) pic.twitter.com/6qCzQQrUap
— ill Will (@officialillwill) August 25, 2019
Foo Fighters also decided to have a little fun with their audience that night. Just a few songs after their Prodigy tribute, Grohl apparently got a bit nostalgic for his time in Nirvana, launching the band into the opening chords of what the audience thought was going to be a rendition of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” However, a few bars in and Rick Astley appears on stage to join the Foos for a guitar-heavy version of “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Rickrolling the entire Reading audience. Fan video of the “prank” can be seen below:
This isn’t the first time the Foo Fighters have performed the song with Astley, or even taken to Rickrolling people. Astley has joined the band a handful of times to perform his signature 1987 hit. Foo Fighters even memorably took to the streets of Kansas City, Missouri in 2015 to Rickroll the Westboro Baptist Church who were protesting outside of their concert in the city.
Sunday’s fun followed a stunning set at Leeds Festival the day prior. That show featured Grohl’s daughter Violet joining the band on stage for their performance of “My Hero.” “I’ll tell you what it’s like to be on tour with your daughter,” Grohl said from the stage during the song’s bridge. “You stay up all night long watching horror movies and ordering room service. And then I get up, and I gotta make sure that she’s in the lobby on time…I gotta make sure that she gets breakfast…and then she comes out and gets to sing to 60,000 people — THAT’S what it’s like being Violet Grohl tonight.” It also featured a guy in a yellow Freddie Mercury jacket joining the band on stage for a cover of Queen’s “Under Pressure.”
Suffice it to say, Foo Fighters were at the top of their game for the Reading (and Leeds) Festival and feeling good.
[via Metal Injection]