Foo Fighters Sonic Highways Tour at Wrigley Field

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways Tour at Wrigley Field

The Foo Fighters are an American rock band, assembled in Seattle in 1994.  Dave Grohl, the founder, organized the band after the dissolution of his previous well known band, Nirvana, in which he was the drummer.  The name foo fighters, was derived from UFO’s & various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II.  During tours with Nirvana, Dave Grohl often would have a guitar handy & wrote songs that he kept from the rest of the band because he was intimidated of Kurt Cobain’s songwriting talent.  After the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, Grohl was offered to work with several artists such as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers & was rumored to be interested in joining Pearl Jam.  But instead, Grohl made the decision to record 15 of the 40 songs he had written in the studio without any other band members.  He played every instrument & sang every vocal himself which nobody expected him to do, then said, “I was supposed to just join another band and be a drummer for the rest of my life.  I thought that I would rather do what no one expected me to do.  I enjoy writing music and trying to sing, and there’s nothing anyone can really do to discourage me.”


Sonic Highways: The Album/Mini-series:

The album, which was recorded in 2013, is a unique approach to the industry.  Unlike most albums, which are typically recorded in one studio, Sonic Highways includes 8 songs, which were recorded in 8 different cities (Chicago, Washington DC, Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seattle & New York) & influenced by the musicians & culture of each city’s musical history.  The HBO documentary mini-series Sonic Highways followed Dave Grohl as he visited each city & follows his interactions with musicians, recording engineers & record producers along the way.  The show was aired in the months surrounding the albums release.  The press praised the album & said, “This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record, but there’s something deeper and more musical to it.  I think that these cities and people influenced us to stretch out and explore new territory, without losing our ‘sound’.”

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Sonic Highways Album Cover. Image source:

Sonic Highways: The Tour

The world tour suffered a setback when Dave Grohl fell from the stage at a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 12, 2015.  He received medical attention & the band announced on June 16 that the remaining European tour dates would be canceled so Grohl’s leg could heal.  The band had planned a 20th anniversary show on the 4th of July in Washington DC but it wasn’t clear if it would take place due to Grohl’s recent injury.  On June 29, the band confirmed that the anniversary show would go on as planned with Dave Grohl at the helm.  During the show, Grohl used the stage’s video screens as an opportunity to show the video of his fall to the crowd & X-rays of his broken leg.  The tour then began selling new tour merchandise branded, the Broken Leg Tour.  The band continued to use the new tour name for the remainder of their North American dates.  They will be performing in Chicago at Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 29 with special guests Cheap Trick, Naked Raygun & Urge Overkill.  Tickets can be purchased here

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