Watch Foo Fighters’ #SOSFest Set from the Troubadour & Hear Pat Smear’s Story About a Fistfight with Tom Waits

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This past weekend, several big-name music artists and bands participated in #SOSFest, a virtual fundraising live stream event from the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and its continued efforts to help #SaveOurStages and ensure indie venues survive the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most noteworthy sets came from Foo Fighters, who took the stage at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood for a stripped-back acoustic set.

This marked the first live concert performance from Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee since the pandemic hit, and found the Foos at their best — and most entertaining, story-wise.

In addition to performing a handful of songs, there was a particularly amusing segment of banter. Grohl recounted his early experience at the Troubadour meeting Bret Michaels of Poison (and joking that he was beaten up by Michaels’ security team for getting too close) before asking his band mates for their own Troubadour memories.

This led to exchange with guitarist Pat Smear, who recounted a “punk rock riot” at a Go-Go’s gig at the Troubadour, and, even more intriguing, getting into a fist fight with Tom Waits. This inspired Grohl to do an imitation of Waits getting into a fight, and — well, just watch it:

Musically, the Foo Fighters performed “Skin and Bones,” “My Hero,” “These Days,” “Times Like These” and “Everlong” for the #SOFest stream:

After watching this performance, it’s important to recall what Grohl said prior to a typically touching rendition of “Everlong,” a sentiment that sums up the whole #SaveOurStages focus:

“These memories and these experiences that we had here were life-changing and formative experiences that inspired us to play music. I can only imagine there are millions and millions of other people just like us that have done the same and it’s made their lives a better place. So it’s crucial that we do everything we can to make sure these venues survive in order to be there to inspire the next generation of musicians to go on and do beautiful things with their lives, like make music.”

They also performed “Learn to Fly,” with that song airing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night as a preview of #SOSFest:

All told, #SOSFest raised more than a million dollars for its cause, but urged folks to remember that more assistance is needed:

If you feel compelled to help and are of the means to make a contribution to the #SaveOurStages initiative, click here for more details.


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