Last night the Foo Fighters took House of Vans London by storm
As the second of a three stop Fan Tour, the Foo Fighters assumed the pseudonym of ‘The Holy Shits’ to surprise London with a secret and FREE live gig at House of Vans last night (11/9/14). With rumors of a London leg circulating after their first stop in Brighton, the Foo’s made an official announcement on Wednesday; little more than 24hours before the doors opened. With only a few hundred tickets up for grabs, priority was given to those who’d pre-ordered their new Sonic Highways album direct from the band, and thousands fans stormed the website to bag themselves a spot at this intimate gig.
With tickets in hand, 750 of the Foo’s finest fans made their way to Waterloo and waited for the doors to open. Dozens of others – not lucky enough to have secured themselves tickets online – set up camp outside, hoping to get a glimpse of the legendary rockers as they arrived. Just before the doors opened, everyone’s favorite frontman, Dave Grohl rocked up and checked out the queue. Spotting the dedicated crew of ticketless fans, and after having been told that many of them had been waiting there all day, he ducked inside only to reappear to make their day/year/life; despite all tickets being sold out, Dave had a chat with the management and rewarded the dedication of this committed crew by welcoming them all in for the gig!
Opening with heavy tracks like White Limo, the huge hits literally did not stop – barely taking a breath between songs – because, in the words of Dave Grohl, “we’ve just got too many damn hits!”. Truly awesome, and awesomely true. With the crowd jumping and already losing their voices after singing along to every track, classics like Monkey Wrench and My Hero saw everyone in the house go mental.
Over the course of the two and a half hour set, there were too many huge tracks and memorable moments to mention, but having closed the set with This Is A Call, the Foo Fighters thanked the audience, thanked House of Vans and left the stage. Soon the chants demanding an encore had the tunnels shaking as much as the trains overhead, and obligingly, the first chords of Weenie Beenie could be heard through the darkness. Going on to play absolute smashes Best of You and finally closing with Everlong, the night came to a close and with it, perhaps one of the best gigs many had seen this year, if not ever.
Before heading home, each fan was given a ‘The Holy Shits at House of Vans’ tote bag and poster as a gift to commemorate the event, exclusively available only to those in attendance, and to accompany their big smiles and sore throats.
Keep an eye out for the video, online soon!
House of Vans London would like to thank the Foo Fighters for making this truly special night come to life, and to all the fans that came down and rocked out.
Foo Fighters play their final stop on this tour at Islington’s Assembly Hall, tonight. Their new album, Sonic Highways, is now available from foofighters.com
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