For the better part of 25 years, the Foo Fighters have been an undisputed pick for one of the best live bands in the world. Initially born out of the ashes of Nirvana as a Dave Grohl passion project, they’ve evolved to become one of rock’s most preeminent forces of the 21st century, and it’s arguable that there’s not been a guitar band with an influence quite like there’s ever since.
From “Monkey Wrench” through to “Best Of You” and beyond, the band has served as a musical gateway for many a bright-eyed child teenager, and the gang of rock veterans pulled no punches as they took to the VMAs stage prior to receiving the Global Icon Award from Billie Eilish, unleashing a medley of hits to only solidify their reputation further.
Kicking things off with a rousing rendition of “Learn To Fly”, Grohl and co. appeared in their element as they navigated their way through their early hit, with Taylor Hawkins paying tribute to late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts via a message on his own bass drum.
A brief silence then gave way to a brief slice of this year’s single “Shame Shame” before the band burst into their career-defining hit “Everlong”, complete with plenty of headbanging from those in the audience. Seriously, you just cannot compete with these guys - you’d be hard-pressed to find a happier bunch of blokes in rock ‘n roll, and their onstage energy is just infectious.
Written by Will Brewster, a Melbourne-based writer and producer. Follow him on Twitter @_willbrewster.