Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins had fans in a frenzy yesterday with the surprise, last-minute announcement that they’d be playing a special gig at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory with rock cover band Chevy Metal, and from all accounts the gig was nothing short of incredible.
As fans have captured below, the Foo Fighters members tore through some seriously impressive covers of everything from The Rolling Stones and AC/DC to Billy Joel and Queen, and despite only being an occasional diversion for the busy rockers, this has got to be one of the tightest cover bands you’ll find.
Just as we’d hoped after Foo Fighters played for over three and a half hours at their Lollapalooza after-party, Chevy Metal remained onstage for around two hours, which makes perfect sense considering that Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach) and Wiley Hodgen (The Birds of Satan) both flew to Australia especially for the gig.
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins were of course already in the country, drumming up publicity for their upcoming album Concrete and Gold, which just gave us the new clip for single ‘The Sky Is A Neighbourhood’ directed by Grohl himself, and starring his two daughters.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen the Foo Fighters musos pull a surprise covers set, having played another Aussie gig with Chevy Metal on the Gold Coast back in 2015, and it was a serious treat for fans who are still hanging on an announcement of a local tour for the new album.
Foo Fighters haven’t announced any proper Aussie tour dates just yet, but if you’ve been planning a trip to the U.S., you might want to make the journey to the band’s very own rock festival they’re launching this year, with QOTSA and Liam Gallagher also on the bill.
Otherwise, you can check out some sweet fan-shot clips of last night’s gig below.