Foo Fighters team up with Queen drummer Roger Taylor for cover of 'Under Pressure': Watch
Taylor cameoed for Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins’s cover band Chevy Metal, which was followed by a “Foo Fighter Nerd heaven” surprise gig, promoting their upcoming CalJam performance
On Sunday, a band billed as 'The Holy Sh*ts' were scheduled to perform at the parking lot of the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California. But people who did turn up to catch the band were in for a surprise of a lifetime. 'The Holy Sh*ts' gig was just a facade for a surprise pop-up show by multi Grammy-winning rock legends Foo Fighters.
The surprise performance was a warm-up gig promoting the band’s upcoming October festival, Cal Jam. Before the Foos took to the stage though, drummer Taylor Hawkins’s cover band Chevy Metal took the stage.
The highlight of the gig came when Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins recruited Queen drummer Roger Taylor on Sunday for a live cover of 'Under Pressure,' Queen's 1982 hit with David Bowie. Foo Fighters bandmates Pat Smear and Nate Mendel also joined for the star-studded cover, with Hawkins handling Freddie Mercury's portions of the vocal duet, and Chevy Metal’s Wiley Hodgden covering Bowie's melodies. Relive the rare performance below.
As Ultimate Classic Rock points out, Dave Grohl joined his bandmates and led Chevy Metal through the Faces’ cover of 'Stay With Me' before Foo Fighters (aka Holy Sh*ts) took over and began their show with the rarity 'White Limo.' Grohl then welcomed the audience to “Foo Fighter Nerd heaven” before explaining that the band wanted to play a set of lesser-known songs. The nine rarities that followed included material they hadn’t performed live in years, but the show concluded with the classic track 'Everlong.'
Foo Fighters' tour in support of their latest album, the Grammy-nominated 'Concrete and Gold', continues on September 1 in Seattle, and wraps up on October 18 in St. Paul, Minnesota.