Gary Flockhart: Don’t tell Dave to ‘break a leg!’

Dave Grohl. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Dave Grohl. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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THE news that Foo Fighters have rescheduled their cancelled Murrayfield gig for September will no doubt be celebrated by fans of the US rock behemoth – but there should also be a collective round of applause from the city’s music scene as a whole, for we simply don’t have enough gigs of this calibre in these parts any more.

Fair play to them for announcing a fresh date less than a month after cancelling when frontman Dave Grohl had an accident on stage in Gothenberg – though you can bet no-one has the stones to say ‘break a leg, Dave’ before he takes to the stage at the home of Scottish Rugby on September 8.

Tickets for the gig are already on sale, and those who want to attend better be sharp, as fans who had tickets for the Foos’ cancelled Wembley shows got the chance to buy tickets for the Edinburgh gig 48 hours before anyone else, while those who had tickets for last month’s Murrayfield gig were given the same privilege.

Another piece of good news is that both of the original support acts – Royal Blood and Honeyblood – have been rebooked for the September gig, and having caught both live over the past few months I’ve no hesitation in saying they’re headline material in their own right.

You may have seen pictures of Grohl sat on a massive throne in the press recently, but the nicest man in rock has not suddenly grown an ego. The band are now back on tour in North America, and he got the idea for performing on the chair while ‘high as a kite’ on pain medication.

Despite the former Nirvana drummer having six metal pins inserted in his leg, he says the fracture had turned into a positive thing for the band and the fans.

“The shows we’ve been doing lately are our favourite we’ve ever done,” he said. “What seemed like a setback at the time has turned into this beautiful blessing in disguise.”

All bodes well, then, for the Foos’ visit to the Capital in September.