Foo Fighters Close Lollapalooza in Epic Rain-Soaked Performance
The 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza almost ended prematurely with two massive thunderstorms threatening to shut the party down. Things started to get bad at around 5:30 as festival attendees desperately looked for cover and escape the torrential downpour. Luckily for me, I was stationed at a tent in the press area and instantly made friends with a ton of new people. The rain started to let up and Foo Fighters took to the Music Unlimited stage right on time.
The Foos opened things up with "Bridge Burning", the opening track from their latest album Wasting Light, and never looked back. Frontman Dave Grohl sang with an animal-like snarl as his band showed the Lolla crowd the proper way to put on a rock & roll show. As the band were getting into "The Pretender", the hit single from their 2007 album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, the clouds started to darken again. Not too long after that, another storm reared its ugly head.
"Who gives a f___ about the rain," exclaimed Grohl. "We're here to rock!"
With that statement, Mother Nature couldn't stop the Foo Fighters as they kept on truckin', going into "Learn To Fly", "Arlandria" and even including a wicked verse of "Rain Rain Go Away". That seemed to have done the trick to turn the weather around.
"Look at that," Grohl joked with a smile. "F____ clear skies up there. We timed that s___ perfectly."
I'd say it was a perfect way to end the long 3-day Lollapalooza weekend. While I could have done without the mud galore and sinking into the ground, I can't really complain. Seeing Foo Fighters rock the hell out in such an intense rainstorm was such an awesome sight to behold. Watch an awesome rendition of "Everlong" below.
See you in 2012, Lolla.