Classic rock is still alive and well and its heart still pumps furiously through the music and soul of the Foo Fighters. Last night the Rock and Roll Of Hall Fame and it’s voting members paid much deserved tribute to the band by inducting the Foo Fighters into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2021. While we can debate and cry over all the bands that deserve to be be the hall but are not, the Foo Fighters most definitely deserve the recognition. If you had doubts about the group, they will be erased after you see their blistering performance at last night’s show once HBO begins airing the ceremony in the next couple of weeks starting on November 20th 2021.
For Dave Grohl, this is the second time he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His first time around he was was inducted as a member of the band Nirvana. In his acceptance speech last night, the first thing that Dave Grohl said to the audience was that he was proud to be in Cleveland because he was from Ohio. He then went on to say that he had not prepared a speech because for the past twenty five years it’s all been “blah blah blah rock and roll.” He was clearly referencing Alex Lifeson’s famous acceptance speech when the Rush guitarist went on and on just saying the words blah blah blah in one of the most memorable moments of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame history.
Even though he had not prepared a speech for the moment which is probably the most rock and roll thing one can do, Dave Grohl did mention the importance of the Foo Fighters being a tight family for twenty five years. Obviously after losing his friend Kurt Cobain at such a young age, the importance of family has probably played an incredible role in his life. Dave Grohl seemed to be indicating that it was not just the musicians in the band he was calling family, but everyone associated with the band that proved a strong family structure that kept the band strong over the 25 plus years period they have been together. It’s hard to believe its been that long since the Foo Fighters began.
Dave Grohl’s band mate Taylor Hawkins and probably the next most popular Foo Fighter thanked Dave Grohl for letting him be in the band in his acceptance speech. Taylor Hawkins also reached out to the committee who vote for those who are nominated and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to make sure bands like Jane’s Addiction, Soundgarden and George Michael get in. Chris Shiflett thanked all his former bar band musicians he ever played with before he joined the Foo Fighters. That probably put a smile on many musicians faces who have paid their dues but have never tasted rock and roll fame. That’s a man who remembered where he came from. Rami Jaffee simply thanked the five other members of the Foo Fighters. Nate Mendel dedicated his induction to his old friend and former Diddly Squat bandmate Jason Cobb. Of course he also thanked his Foo Fighters band mates and the group’s crew and management.
Before The Foo Fighters made their acceptance speech the group performed on the Rock and Roll Hall of fame stage and completely blew away their audience of rock and roll legendary peers and lucky audience fan members. We have seen many past rock and roll inductees rise to the occasion on these special nights, but the Foo Fighters took it to another level. It makes sense because Dave Grohl is one of the most passionate rock and roll musicians we have ever seen perform.
The Foo Fighters opened their three song set with the song “Best Of You.” This is easily one of the greatest classic rock songs written and recorded in the post Nirvana rock and roll era. Dave Grohl sang his heart out on this one knowing this was his moment. A moment that any rock and roll musician hungers for. The band surrounded him with a fierce electric rock and roll groove dominated by Taylor Hawkins madhouse drumming. The Foo Fighters followed their opener “Best of You,” with the song “My Hero.” The set closed with their much loved song “Everlong.”
Yet that was not all the audience would hear from the Foo Fighters. Every musician who has picked up an instrument since 1964 dreams of one day playing with a Beatle. The Foo Fighters got their chance last night as Paul McCartney who inducted the band, joined the group for a night closing rendition of the famous Beatles song “Get Back.” Every Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony attempts to end with a meeting of legends from different eras and this was a great one!
The Foo Fighters released their first album in 1995 entitled Foo Fighters. The band followed up that record in 1997 with the album The Colour and the Shape, In 1999 they released the album There Is Nothing Left to Lose. That record was followed by One By One in 2002, In Your Honor in 2005, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace in 2007, Wasting Light in 2011, Sonic Highways in 2014, Concrete and Gold in 2017 and Medicine At Midnight in 2021. The Foo Fighters have won eleven Grammy Awards throughout their spectacular and now officially labeled Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame career.
This is a band that will probably be around for another twenty five years. Classicrockhistory.com coinbraguates the Foo Fighters on their induction into the rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and thanks them for keeping this thing we call classic rock alive and rockin!
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