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Sunday 23 June 2024.

Sunday 23 June 2024. A glorious sunny day out in the British countryside . We stopped off at Buntingford , near Cambridge. We had a lovely meal and drinks at The Pepper Mill Bar & Bistro in the High Street. ------------------------------------- ------------------------------------- Saturday 22 June 2024. FOO FIGHTERS live at London Stadium, East London.. This is the second of two shows at this venue. The first one not sold out, but tonight was sold out. The Foos are playing a seven date UK stadium tour. I have seen them several times. I saw them in 2022 at Wembley Stadium for the Taylor Hawkins tribute show, but this is their first UK tour without him....that was when Taylor Hawkins son came on the drums and played a stunning ' My Hero' . -------- The older I get, the more don't really fancy big festivals and big stadium shows for various reasons, but you have to forgot all that when the likes of The Foo Fighters are playing stadiums only. We have a lovely sunny day for it. There are hundreds of security and stewards outside and inside the venue, no wonder stadium tickets always are so expensive. THE FOO FIGHTERS promised a three hour set in advance , and they really did play a very long set of 2 hours 55 mins. They have the full light show , big screens and a stage extension walkway. Dave Grohl has to be one of the best front men in rock. He knows exactly how to hype the crowd up. Lots of chat between songs (sometimes a bit too much) , and many songs were extended versions. The first half of the show, they are playing in daylight. For the first half of the show, Foo Fighters leaned heavily on stadium-ready anthems with the likes of 'All My Life', ' The Pretender', ' Times Like These', 'Breakout ' and 'Learning To Fly ' clearly written for nights like this. “You gotta sing along, even if you don’t know the words,” encouraged Grohl. Taylor Hawkins got a tribute on the big screens , and his son played drums on a great version of 'My Hero'. Dave's daughter Violet also joined them for a couple. Dave was great , when he run up the walkway. Some songs were a bit flat and average , but that's to be expected when you are playing such a long set , but classics like 'Monkey Wrench' and 'Best of You' soon put the band back on track. The show finished with a fab ' Everlong' and then it was the fireworks display. You can't get much better than the Foos live...superb. Full FOO FIGHTERS setlist played tonight.... All My Life No Son of Mine (with snippets of Black Sabbath’s "Paranoid" and Metallica’s "Enter Sandman") Rescued The Pretender Walk Times Like These (Dave and Rami into full band) White Limo La Dee Da Breakout Guitar Solo / Sabotage / Keyboard Solo / Blitzkrieg Bop / Whip It / March of the Pigs My Hero ( with Oliver Shane Hawkins) The Sky Is a Neighborhood Learn to Fly Arlandria These Days Statues (Dave and Chris only; Dave on acoustic guitar) Skin and Bones (acoustic; Dave and Rami only, Rami on accordion) Under You ( Dave solo acoustic) Nothing at All Monkey Wrench (with drum solo outro, including drum intro to Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher") Shame Shame (with Violet Grohl) Show Me How ( with Violet Grohl) Aurora (dedicated to Taylor Hawkins) Best of You Encore: The Teacher Everlong