Foo Fighters Kick Off UK Leg with "Unconditional" Live Debut

After a brief spring jaunt around parts of the USA, Dave Grohl & Co have hopped across the pond to give them some of that old fashioned arena rock that once ruled the world.

In just the first two dates of the UK leg of the 2024 Everything Or Nothing At All Tour, the Foo Fighters live debuted a new song, brought Grohl's daughter on stage, and won over much of Scotland.

And they did it so casually.

The live debut, "Unconditional," came near the end of the first set in Manchester.

This tour is to support the Foos' recent album, But Here We Are, which is barely a year old, but look at Grohl, always the hyper-active over achiever, reworking an unfinished demo just in time for the UK tour.

According to a statement from the Foos sent to Consequence of Sound, the new song was “partially written and demo’d during home studio sessions years ago — but ultimately left unfinished. The band’s rediscovery of ‘Unconditional’ happened in true spontaneous Foo Fighters fashion: The song came up in conversation during rehearsals for the UK tour, and all it took was one run-through — The decision was made instantly to share it with everyone in the same way – live.”

God bless the punk rock heart of Grohl which still beats in that rebellious "screw it, let's do it" way.

Foo Fighters live debuting "Unconditional"

A few days later in Scotland's national stadium, Hampden Park, there were two Grohls on stage for the tour debut of "Show Me How."

Looking equally awkward and comfortable, 18-year-old Violet Grohl joined her dad for the But Here We Are tune.

Would most people appear a tad unsure what to do when staring at 50,000 Scots standing next to ones father? Of course. Also, it was sweet to see Dave... show her how it's done.

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What's also nice is the Foos have only played "Show Me How" eight times since the album was released last spring. And the only times they've played it was when Violet was available to provide the vocals she lent for the recording.

It's more than Dave tossing his daughter any-old bone. The song appears to be a love letter to his recently passed mother, Virginia, who he was extremely close to. It's also a passing of the torch from one responsible party to another, in this case from Virginia to Dave to Violet.

Indeed it's the teen's voice we hear at the end of the song sing "I'll take care of everything."

Dave won the Scots over, though, not from the three-hour performance of over two dozen bangers, we've all become used to the solid shows the Foo Fighters deliver.

It was the fact the drummer-turned-guitarist knocked back a local beverage as the audience sang an impromptu version of "Flower of Scotland," the unofficial national anthem of country.

Dave Grohl drinking a buckfast is all the Scots needed to see to fall in love with him all over again.

"Dave’s love for Scotland is shown throughout the show. From his whole family joining him on this leg to be in one of their favourite countries in the world, to his drinking Buckfast on stage (and genuinely liking it!)," journalist Gregor Young wrote in the Scottish newspaper, The National.

Buckfast is a wine containing a relatively strong kick from its 15% alcohol content with a heavy helping of caffeine. It was created by Benedictine monks who escaped France for the UK in 1888. But over time the drink has been adopted by the hooligans of Scotland, thus giving it its less-than-classy reputation.

Ideal for a rockstar.

The Foos continue their tour around Europe through the middle of July. Then they come back to the States to play some baseball parks and then LA's soccer stadium. Fun bands like The Pretenders, Mammoth, L7, and Amyl and the Sniffers will open on certain nights.

So when you go to the Foo Fighters' website, pick the show with the openers you really want to see.

Foo Fighters 2024 Tour Dates:
06/20 – London, UK @ London Stadium *<
06/22 – London, UK @ London Stadium !@
06/25 – Cardiff, UK @ Principality Stadium *
06/27 – Birmingham, UK @ Villa Park Stadium !@
06/28-30 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
07/03 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
07/05 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/07 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/17 – New York, NY @ Citi Field #()
07/19 – New York, NY @ Citi Field &?
07/21 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park &?
07/23 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium &?
07/25 – Cincinnati, OH @ Great American Ball Park #()
07/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field #”
08/03 – Denver, CO @ Empower Field #()
08/07 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park &\
08/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ BMO Stadium &?
08/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ BMO Stadium #\
08/13 – Concord, CA @ Toyota Pavilion
08/16 – Portland, OR @ Providence Park #\
08/18 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park #\
09/29 – Bridgeport, CT @ Soundside Music Festival

! = w/ Courtney Barnett
* = w/ Wet Leg
< = w/ Shame
# = w/ The Pretenders
() = w/ Mammoth WVH
& = w/ The Hives
? = w/ Amyl and the Sniffers
\ = w/ Alex G
” = w/ L7

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Last updated: 13 Jul 2024, 14:48 Etc/UTC