Here are the wildest things Dave Grohl said on stage in Des Moines
In the debut episode of the "Dave's Old Interview Tapes" podcast, Dave Grohl wonders in 2000 about talk-show giants who love his band. Radio personality Laura Steele joins host David Lindquist. David Lindquist / IndyStar
Foo Fighters played Des Moines … finally.
Performing in front of roughly 14,000 people Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena, it marked the first show in the band’s 22-year history in Iowa’s capital city.
Despite battling what drummer Taylor Hawkins described as “basically, laryngitis,” there was no shortage of on-stage banter from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame frontman Dave Grohl.
Relive below the night’s best moments with Grohl’s expletive-filled quotes (you can use your imagination) from the season’s biggest concert.
Yeah, about those 22 years
Grohl wasted no time addressing the two-plus decades it took the band to appear in Des Moines. Following “All My Life,” the second of what would be a 24-song set, he assured the audience they’d play long enough for everyone’s babysitter fees for the night to basically double.
“Ladies and gentlemen, correct me if I’m wrong,” he jested. “Is this the first time we’ve ever played in Des Moines, Iowa? Twenty-two (expletive) years. This is the first time we played Des Moines, Iowa. Well guess what? We gotta lot of makin’ up to do tonight. ... So we’re gonna do as many songs as we can. We’re gonna play as long as we (expletive) can.”
And … about that sore throat
It’s not like he was going to ignore the whole “he can’t actually sing tonight” thing. Four songs in and he cleared up any debate on if Foo Fighters should have postponed the show.
“I don’t know if you remember but I’m the guy that broke his (expletive) leg and continued playing a show,” he proclaimed. “So there’s no (expletive) way I’m canceling this show because my (expletive) voice is hoarse. There’s no (expletive) way that's gonna happen.”
The lore of Grohl’s broken leg didn’t get off that easily. Reading signs in the crowd, he later joked: “I like to see a sign that says ‘Don’t break a leg.’ I’m not (expletive) that up again.”
Bustin' out the keg
Eleven songs deep and it was, apparently, time to change the pace.
“Let’s just turn this into a (expletive) keg party right now,” Grohl bellowed, to much approval from the beer drinkers.
A lovable shtick not uncommon to Foo shows, Grohl introduced the band via the self-proclaimed “keg party,” which each member leads a notable cover song.
The covers Friday night included Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust,” Van Halen’s “Jump” and Alice Cooper’s “Under My Wheels.”
Forget about 'Jump'
In a completely meta — and completely laughable — moment, Grohl cut the “Jump” cover after a few words.
“Stop! Stop!” he yelled. “I’m not wasting my (expletive) voice on this song. If we’re going to see ‘Best of You’ later we’re not doing ‘Jump’ right now.”
Whew. Dodged a bullet with that one.
No way he was leaving without that 'awe' moment
Watching 14,000 embrace his “can’t-stop-won’t-stop attitude” for nearly three hours — at complete disregard for his own well-being — there wasn’t a chance that Grohl would let his audience leave without that sincere “Thank you. No, seriously ... thank you.” moment.
It happened before “Everlong,” the night’s closing number.
“I’m not sure exactly what to say but thank you guys very much for coming out to the show tonight,” he said. “One of the things I love about being in this band is you never (expletive) know what to expect. No matter how long it’s been — 22 (expletive) years — every single day you wake up and you’re like ‘I wonder what’s gonna (expletive) happen tonight?’ Lemme tell you, I’m so (expletive) happy this happened tonight with us.”
Yes, that would’ve sufficed. But … he continued.
“This is one of those shows,” Grohl said. “Like, ‘(expletive) remember Des Moines? Like, ‘Oh (expletive) yeah! I remember that show.’ Sorry it took us for-(expletive)-ever to get here. I wish I could be everywhere at once. … Now that we know you’re here, maybe we’ll come back sometime. I think that would be cool. So, I don’t even have to say goodbye because I know that we’ll see you again someday.”
In case you missed it: Sore throat? No big deal. Foo Fighters still ripped for almost three hours in Des Moines.
Foo Fighters' Des Moines setlist:
All My Life
Learn To Fly
The Sky is a Neighborhood
Rope (extended with drum solo)
Under My Wheels (Alice Cooper cover)
Medley: Jump (Van Halen cover)/Another One Bites The Dust (Queen cover)/Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)
Times Like These
This Is A Call
Under Pressure (Queen plus David Bowie cover)
Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
Best of You
Let There Be Rock (AC/DC cover)