Eight years ago, Dave Grohl expounded on his famous sense of goodwill and musical fraternity to the Guardian.
If the Foo Fighters were playing a festival, he said, he made a point of touring the other artists’ dressing rooms, bottle of whisky in hand. “I don’t give a shit,” he said
“you could be Demi Lovato or the fucking drummer from Pantera, I don’t care – let’s have a drink.”
Mark Ronson performs a beautifully dreamy acoustic version of Valerie with Grohl’s daughter Violet on vocals.
Then comes a video message from Billie Eilish, followed by AC/DC’s Brian Johnson singing Back in Black and Let There Be Rock with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on drums.
It’s a curious and curiously entertaining bombardment of music, with Grohl the linking factor. He turns up so often, in so many roles – playing bass with the Pretender
Occasionally it offers an object lesson in how the music tastes and cultural inputs of American alt-rockers differ from those of their British fans.
Sam Ryder with Brian May of Queen. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/MBC/PA The audience are on safer ground with the surviving members of Queen,Sam Ryder with Brian May of Queen. Photograph
succession of special guests: drummers including Blink-182’s Travis Barker, 12-year-old internet sensation Nandi Bushell and Hawkins’ 16-year-old son Shanesuccession of special
He ends the show performing Everlong alone. The crowd sing along and intermittently provide a beat, as people are wont to do at huge stadium gig