Foo Fighters as ‘Holy Sh–s’ For Secret Show

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If you’re a hugely popular band, how do you ensure that a smaller, more intimate crowd size shows up to your show? The Foo Fighters decided to pretend they were someone else, and last night, a band (actually them) called “The Holy Sh–s” put on a show full of Foo Fighter songs. Lead singer Dave Grohl went so far as to invite the tribute band (UK Foo Fighters) lead singer to come onstage and sing a number with them. How often does a tribute act get to perform alongside the band they tribute?
The concert took place at Concorde 2 in Brighton, England. The Foo Fighters are in the UK to perform at the closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games later this week. They did give their fans a hint: on Tuesday, the band posted a tweet announcing the “Holy Sh–s” concert, including when and where. When Twitter followers arrived to see the endorsed band, they got a big surprise, and many a video of the event made it to YouTube. Only a lucky 600 were in attendance.
They kicked off the gig with some of the big hits, playing with new techniques on every song (get it – like they weren’t them). For starters, they played through their album Learn To Fly, but through a trash-metal filter. “From here on out, every song that we do, we’ll make it a little bit different than we’ve ever done it before,” Grohl said, joking “Like Phish! No, not like Phish.” They also took this opportunity to play a handful of tunes that they hadn’t in awhile, such as “Enough Space,” “I’ll Stick Around,” and “Up In Arms.” A couple tracks weren’t theirs, but they covered them for “sh–s”: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Breakdown,” Wasting Light’s “White Limo,” and to fans’ delight, a less-than-song’s worth of a track that might appear on their upcoming album, Sonic Highways.
The new album comes out November 10th.  The band has teased that before it arrives, there will be two more “secret” UK shows (which we can expect a good many more fans to attempt to find). They also hinted at a semi-spontaneous performance at London’s Wembley Stadium. Check out the video of The Foo Fighters playing alongside their UK tribute band