Foo Fighters has carried out a set for the #SaveOurStages (#SOS) campaign aimed at preserving US grassroots music venues affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The half-hour set, which was streamed from LA’s iconic The Troubadour venue last night (October 17), shows Dave Grohl and co. reset a selection of their songs for an acoustic show.
This is not the first time the band has stepped in to support the National Independent Venue Association’s #SaveOurStages campaign.
Last month, the legendary rockers brought back the original design of two of their 1
The shirts include the original ‘Roswell Alien Design’ for two t-shirts that were originally sold for commemorating the band’s shows on February 23, 1995 at the Jambalaya Club in Arcata, California and June 3, 1995 at King’s College London.
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The National Independent Venue Association is at the forefront of efforts to pass the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act, which will create a $ 10 trillion (£ 7.8 trillion) small business association fund to help small venues struggling or threatened with closure. due to the effects of the pandemic.
A fan commenting on Foos’ set last night wrote: “It was the most intense version of ‘Times Like These’ I have ever heard and experienced. Truly beautiful. ”
Another said the show “reminded me of the MTV plug they did with Christ [from Nirvana] and the cellist when I was 18 years old. Was lucky enough to see both bands but never liked this. ”
In related news last month, LCD Soundsystems’ James Murphy took part in the fight to save independent music venues in the United States, saying that supporting the action “is the least we can do as a group of people who take care of our own”.
He told a news conference in New York: “This is an infrastructure problem and it should be seen as an infrastructure problem that requires funding. I mean, even though all you care about is the bottom line, this city exports creative work. This is what we do as a city. And that work is sponsored and promoted by the independent venue and promoter scene in New York, just like it is in every other [city].
“The larger companies that also serve a need do not serve to need to stick with artists in the beginning, to serve one, small community, one, a small stage. ”