UK Foo Fighters @ The Holmfirth Picturedrome
The real Foo Fighters played in Manchester last week and from the photos and Facebook posts I saw I just knew I wouldn't have enjoyed it - £60 for a ticket, £5 for a beer and dots in the distance amongst an “intimate” crowd of 50,000 people, unless of course you just watched a big screen for a couple of hours. Cue the UK Foo Fighters…
Not only name checked by the man himself, Dave Grohl, lead singer Jay (aka Grohl) even sang White Limo with the real Foo’s at a low key gig in Brighton back in September 2014 with Grohl admitting “that was awesome”, so there is certainly no lack of credibility. Along with that, the UK Foo’s have built up quite a reputation with a couple of my friends saying they have got to be seen – cheaper, closer and just as good. Well, I have a problem with tribute acts as those who know me, know well. But, in the interests of journalism, I put those views aside, grabbed my camera and notepad and headed up into them there hills to the land of Last of the Summer Wine!
There was no support and by the time the UK Foos hit the stage the Picturedrome was fairly packed with a raucous crowd who were ready to party. And the band certainly delivered with a set made up of the Foo’s biggest numbers Everlong, Monkey Wrench and Learn To Fly all delivered with passion and self belief – close your eyes and this could be the real thing. In fact not only does Jay look like Grohl and sound like Grohl, he also plays the same unique looking guitar and the stage is setup similarly too with FF flight cases propping up the amps and speakers – all adding to the overall experience.
The Pretender was note perfect and really got the crowd bouncing as did the aforementioned White Limo played with all the gusto of the original. Skin And Bones just laid waste to the audience. “Pretend Taylor” on drums sang Cold Day In The Sun after which Jay/Dave invited us to the pub for a drink (you didn't get that at Old Trafford, did you?). There was even time for a new Foo’s song from the Sonic Highways album, Congregation.
Unlike the original band, UK Foo’s do encores and following a solo acoustic performance of Wheels from Jay/Dave the whole band returned for another five songs including All My Life and These Days. Overall a stunning performance of 23 Foo’s songs; everyone in attendance, myself included, enjoyed and was impressed at the show and it is highly recommended. And if Dave Grohl says it is awesome then who am I to argue?
Words & Photos: Anthony Firmin
The band have recently recorded their version of Foo Fighters’ track In the Clear for the charity Given To Live, for more info please click here.