A night at a Foo Fighters gig is never going to be a short one, with most of their concerts now delivering setlists around 25 songs long and often breaching the three hour mark, but it seems Dave Grohl thinks that should be a normal benchmark for bands.
The frontman has taken a playful jab at “new” bands who play sets that aren’t as long as theirs – even though the Foos sets are heroically long and he probably knows that.
During their Calgary show, Grohl asked the crowd (via CoS), “You don’t want one of those little hour and a half long shows do you?”
“You don’t want that shit. All of those new bands that play those little two-hour concerts, you don’t want that shit. Two hours and 15, I don’t think is enough. Two and a half hours, does that sound okay? That’s not enough is it?” Grohl said.
“Here’s our fucking problem. We’ve been a band for 20 fucking years, we have a lot of fucking songs, and then add my big mouth on top of that, and we’re going to be here all night.”
He’s not wrong either. At that particular Calgary show they moved from early tracks like Big Me through to hits like Learn To Fly and Best Of You and even included a handful of tracks from their latest record Sonic Highways. They even found the time to chuck in a cover of Rolling Stones’ Miss You.
The biggest problem with Grohl’s argument is probably that for “those new bands” it may be a little difficult to flesh their 10-track debut out into a three hour show, but we’re sure Grohl could give them some advice if they’re struggling.
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