The Foo Fighters played the London Stadium on Friday and Saturday (22nd & 23rd June) and, as always, blew the non-existent roof off the place. They’re still regarded as one of the best live bands in the world after many years at the top. Dave Grohl is the coolest and the nicest guy in rock, he’s managed to make Foo Fighters his second global music phenomenon after a little group called Nirvana, you might have heard of them too?
So, when asked who his favourite band to open for the mighty Gods of Rock, who did he say? Pals Queens of the Stone Age? Scottish guitar barons Biffy Clyro? The Kills?
The answer is none of the above. Little known band (at least here anyway) The Struts, take the crown in Grohl’s eyes.
Speaking to Radio X, the Foos frontman said “I guess they don’t get a lot of love in England, but in America, they’re the best opening band we’ve ever had”
And, I don’t really know the lead singer (yet) but I’m pretty sure he might feel good after Dave Grohl from The Foo Fighters said this about him;
“That kid Luke, the singer, it’s unbelievable. He’ll walk out in front of an audience in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where nobody has ever heard of them and by the end of the show he’ll have the entire audience in the palm of his hand. I love seeing that. To see an audience turn like that is not easy.”
In a weird twist of fate, I’ve actually been dragged to see The Struts, in Camden about five years ago, when my friend was doing their publicity. I had the worst cold I’d had in years and was feeling awful, but she assured me they were good enough to justify schlepping there in the snow to watch a band I’d never heard of. And they were. If, like me, you think music peaked in 2007 with the explosion of Northern Indie, bands like Arctic Monkeys, Pigeon Detectives, The Rakes, The Rascals, essentially any bloke with a mod haircut and a skinny scarf on, then you’ll love The Struts. Plus, they’re on tour right now!
I remember stood on the dance floor in Camden thinking ‘These guys are gonna make it.’ Only to never hear about them until this very day. Why did I not place a (very niche) bet that they would one day be heralded as the best opening act in America by the lead singer of the Foo Fighters? I’d probably be a millionaire by now.
Still, good to know that me and Dave Grohl have the same taste in music and ability to know some future Kings of Rock when we see them.