Foo Fighters Last Show, Dave Grohl, center, and the Foo Fighters perform at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. Eighteen years ago in Seattle, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl decided to form a new band after the death of singer Kurt Cobain. Today, the Foo Fighters are regarded as one of the greatest (and one of the most seismologically intense) rock bands of the new millennium.
But on Sunday, Grohl told the crowd at the 2012 Reading Festival that the performance marked the Foo Fighters’ “last show for a long time.”
“Well, well, well. The f–king Reading festival. You guys [realize] we’ve got a lot of songs to play. It’s the last show of the tour and it’s the last show for a long time,” Grohl said, according to NME.
He went on to dedicate “These Days” to former Nirvana bandmates, Cobain and Krist Novoselic, telling the audience, “I’d like to dedicate this song to a couple of people who couldn’t be here tonight. This one’s for Krist and this one’s for Kurt.”
The Foo Fighters’ frontman might have been in a particularly nostalgic mood, since Sunday marked the 20-year anniversary of Nirvana’s headlining performance at the Reading Festival in 1992, according to LoudWire. It was the last show the band ever played in England.
Novoselic wrote a piece for Seattle Weekly back in 2009, before the release of “Nirvana: Live at Reading.”
“I think the show was such a success because of the audience,” Novoselic wrote about the 1992 performance. “They gave so much that it was easy to swat it back. The best moment is the crowd sing-a-long to ‘Lithium.’”
Grohl channeled the crowd’s energy on Sunday when he got the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” to his mother, according to NME. “In 1992 when Nirvana played here, the last show we ever played in England, you sang happy birthday to my mom. Here’s your chance,” he said. The crowd responded.