Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl at Sir Paul McCartney’s Anfield concert
May 15 2008 by David Bartlett, Liverpool Daily Post
FOO Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl is set to play at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Sound concert next month.
The American, who is known to be a fan of The Beatles, is understood to have been “very keen” to be involved in the gig on Sunday, June 1, that will also feature the rock stars Kaiser Chiefs. The Culture Company had promised a “very special international superstar guest” for Sir Paul’s concert, and Grohl, the former drummer of 1990s grunge band Nirvana, appears to be that person.
Last night, Liverpool council leader Warren Bradley said: “It’s great news to have international stars in the city.
“Musicians like Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl playing on the same stage in our Culture year – some would think it a dream.
“This is the ideal concert to be performed in Liverpool, just months before we welcome the MTV Europe awards at the Arena.”
The Foo Fighters will be playing in Manchester the day after the Anfield gig, which is also understood to be likely to feature Liverpool band The Zutons.
A limited number of tickets, priced £35 to £75, plus a booking fee, are still available on the Culture Company’s website.
Last week, announcing the Kaiser Chiefs, Sir Paul said: “It should be a whole lot of fun.
“Final details of the concert have yet to be announced, so I don’t want to give too much away.
“But this is a great start.”
The gig is being headlined by the 65-year-old former Beatle and is expected to be one of the highlights of Capital of Culture year.
Grohl shot to fame with Nirvana in the 1990s.
After the group disbanded following the death of Kurt Cobain, in 1994, he went on to set up the Foo Fighters.
The band has arguably gone on to become more successful than Nirvana were.
Grohl is known to be a fan of The Beatles, and when he presented BBC Radio 1’s Legends show, the Fab Four’s Taxman topped his list of favourite tracks.
He has been quoted as having said: “If The Beatles were the original rock ’n’ roll four-piece, then Ringo was the original rock ’n’ roll drummer.
“This was the template for the next 40 years of music.
“They were certainly the foundation for what I do and Ringo seemed to be the foundation of The Beatles.”
An initial 25,000 tickets for the Liverpool Sound were sold through a special ballot launched in September 2007.
However, the Culture Company decided to sell an additional 11,000 to help cover mounting costs for the event.
BBC2 will broadcast highlights from the concert on the evening of the show, while Radio 2 will also be covering the event.