Band play epic 25 song set
Andrew Trendell

11:28 26th May 2015

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Foo Fighters kicked off their massive UK stadium tour with a huge gig in Sunderland last night (Monday 25 May). See footage and the setlist below. 

After arriving in the country in style (in a weekend that saw them smash Radio One's Big Weekend and Grohl join Paul McCartney live on stage), the Foos headed north to headline Sunderland's Stadium Of Light. 

The band performed on an ambitious stage set up, featuring a mini pop-up rotating stage and a T-bar gangway jetting out into the crowd. 

As well as all of the usual Foos classics and cuts from last year's Sonic Highways, they also treated the crowd to massive covers by the likes of Queen, AC/DC, The Police and more. 

Foo Fighters played:
Monkey Wrench
Learn to Fly
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Big Me (Slow Version)
Long Road to Ruin
Skin and Bones
My Hero (Acoustic)
But, Honestly (First time live since November 4, 2009)
Another One Bites the Dust (Queen cover) (partial; Taylor vocals)
Cold Day in the Sun (Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals)
Next to You (The Police cover)
Let There Be Rock (AC/DC cover)
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)
All My Life
These Days
Times Like These
This Is a Call
Best of You

Watch them perform 'Best Of You' below

Watch them perform 'My Hero' below

Watch them cover AC/DC below 

Watch them perform 'Times Like These' below

Foo Fighters' remaining UK stadium tour dates below. For tickets and more information, click here.

27 May – Manchester, UK – Emirates Old Trafford +
30 May - Dublin, Ireland - Slane Castle %
19 June – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
20 June – London, UK – Wembley Stadium*
23 June – Edinburgh, UK – BT Murrayfield Stadium**

% With Hozier and Kaiser Chiefs 
* With Iggy Pop and Royal Blood
** With Royal Blood and Honeyblood
+ With Teenage Fanclub and God Damn

  • 15. 'Walking After You': The eternally underrated penultimate track from The Colour And The Shape, 'Walking After You' demonstrates the more lucid dreaming, tender and romantic side of Grohl that is too often overshadowed by his harder rocking moments.

  • 14. 'Breakout': A fittingly schizophrenic wonder between a radio-ready superhit and a fierce, howling little rocker. That screamy bit at the end? Massive.

  • 13. 'All My Life': A bona fide solid gold, modern rock classic, and perfect set opener.


  • 11. 'Something From Nothing': With a fitting nod and tribute to Dio's 'Holy Diver', the first offering from the Foos new album Sonic Highways was recorded in Chicago and produced by none other than In Utero's Steve Albini, painting a vivid picture of 'a city on fire' that leans on grunge and even funk before the crescendo of Grohl's trademark howl. Starting as a slow-building, brooding number before quickly blossoming into a dose of searing, stadium-filling, classic Foos, 'Something From Nothing' makes for a pretty perfect album opener and appetizer for all that follows.

  • 10. 'The Pretender': All of the Foos working as one to form an unstoppable tsunami of sound, proving that they're far more than the sum of their parts - like some angry Megazord.

  • 9. 'Big Me': There's something almost Beatles-esque about the sheer charming simplicity about early Foos, and here it is summed up in one sweet bubble of innocent melody.

  • 8. 'Times Like These': Partly for that hella-cool sinking bassline bit at the beginning, but mainly for the universal, life-affirming celebration that erupts when they air it live.

  • 7. 'Learn To Fly': Not only did it give us the band at their cross-dressing, fancy dress best, but one of the ultimate feel-good guitar anthems.

  • 6. 'Monkey Wrench': The moment when the world stopped seeing the Foos as 'that scrawny lad from Nirvana's other band' as the hard-shredding, globe conquering, force of nature they always threatened to be.

  • 5. 'This Is A Call': Crashing in to the top 10 as the Foos' first major single, and world's scorching but weird introduction and template for all of the greatness that would follow - still sounding as huge and fresh today as it did 1995. Proof alone that there's life after death, and a testament to Grohl's perseverance.

  • 4. 'Best Of You': You know when Prince covers your track that you've done something right, and in this case it's larger than life sense of sheer abandon.

  • 3. 'My Hero': One of many almighty peaks on The Colour And The Shape and a towering tribute to all of the selfless heroes who make the ordinary extraordinary in every day life.

  • 2. 'Stacked Actors': Shhhh, we know it was only released as a single in Australia, but tenuous as it seems, it deserves its place so highly in this list. A QOTSA-esque intro, a sultry stoned groove and a scathing attack on the shallow transparency of Hollywood culture, this is the sound of a band rocking on their own terms, a million miles away from the hollow rock star realm that dominates the airwaves.

  • 1. 'Everlong': The highlight of any Foos gig, and arguably their entire career. 'Everlong' works whether stripped back to a solo performance or as an all guns blazing onslaught. Why? Due to its sheer timeless class. A true anthem for living in the now that will last forever.

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