Foo 5ighters tribute to rock stars

Gaz Bates of Foo 5ighters
Gaz Bates of Foo 5ighters
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THE mighty Foo 5ighters, the UK’s most energetic Foo Fighters tribute act play the Electric Circus this Friday.

All seasoned performers, their first UK tour also sees them come to Scotland for the first time and front man Gaz Bates can’t wait, “It’s great to be bringing our show to Edinburgh. It’s the first time we’ve played here, but the reputation of the crowds here is awesome, and that’s what it’s all about,” he says.

Formed in 1994, in Seattle, Washington, the real Foo Fighters were founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain.

Grohl then recruited bassist Nate Mendel, drummer William Goldsmith, and Pat Smear to complete the lineup, which continued to evolve with Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl replacing Goldsmith and Smear, and Stahl later being replaced by Chris Shiflett.

With eight studio albums to their name, Foo Fighters can boast that four of them have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.

The band also made headlines last year with their sell out UK tour being interrupted due to their singer Dave Grohl breaking a leg.

Bates, who sings as Dave Grohl says, “You never quite know what’s going to happen at our shows either… the audiences really go for it, which is a massive compliment.

“We’ll be playing all of best of the Foos, you see, we are huge fans ourselves. Yeah, we’ll play some classics like Everlong and Breakout, but we really like to hit the heavier stuff like My Hero and Money Wrench.”

And he reveals the band are excited about playing the Capital.

Foo 5ighters are Bates, the ‘best soundalike in the business’ on vocals, and guitar as Grohl, Danny O’Connoll on lead guitar as Shiflet, while providing the low end and the driving bass is Keri Lawrence as Mendell.

Finally, Rus Weller on drums, performing as Hawkins, completes the line up.

Foo 5ighters Tribute, Electric Circus, Market Street, Friday, 7pm, £10, 0131226 4224, 18+