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Foo Fighters Milton Keynes Bowl // review and pictures

by Tina Bass & Lara Cullen. Published Mon 04 Jul 2011 07:58, last updated: 04/07/11
Foo Fighters @ Milton Keynes Bowl
Foo Fighters @ Milton Keynes Bowl

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From the opening notes of Bridge Burning the Foo Fighters absolutely owned the stage. Within minutes Dave Grohl had stormed the length of his runway out into the crowd.

The atmosphere was electric as they tore into latest single Rope followed by The Pretender.

My Hero had the whole crowd singing and Dave had everyone clapping along in an instant. Nobody would doubt these guys are rock legends as Dave said: “we used to suck, but now we're fucking rad!”

Before promising to play as long and as hard as possible by playing as many songs as they can as they launch into Learn To Fly.

Up next was the thrashy White Limo, possibly the heaviest track from their latest album offering. Dave's jokey banter between songs just proves why he is described as 'the nicest man in rock.'

Twice during the evening he chugged entire bottles of beer in an impressive 14 seconds (I roughly timed him!)

Breakout was a massive hit with the crowd before Taylor took to the mic for Cold Day In The Sun. During Stacked Actors Dave ran the whole length of the runway before appearing on the other side of the mixing desk on a platform right in the centre of the crowd. Dave and Chris had a guitar battle before Dave joined the rest of the band on stage for one final chorus.

Monkey Wrench was another crowd pleaser which was rounded off with a short little drum solo from Taylor.

As the sun began to set the full effect of the lighting rigs and strobe lights became pretty impressive as the crowd became a mass of camera and phone lights. This created the perfect atmosphere for the spine-tingling Best Of You.

They rounded the set off with Skin And Bones and the anthemic All My Life. For the encore Dave sprinted back out onto the platform behind the mixing desk and played a gorgeous solo of Wheels followed by Times Like These for which he was joined by the rest of the band for the close.

A stomping cover of Mose Allison's Young Man Blues was a fantastic lead up to Dave being joined on stage by none other than Led Zeppelin's very own John Paul Jones AND Seasick Steve.

Dave took to the drums at this stage whilst the three of them had a jam. You can't help but feel a tingle at being there for moments like these that go down in the history of rock gigs.

They finished off with Everlong, which came alongside a somewhat spectacular firework display. It was an incredible end to a phenomenal concert.

Biffy Clyro were a brilliant warm-up act although I felt that they played a rather surprising set, opting for a majority of tracks from their latest album Only Revolutions. They threw in a handful of songs from Puzzle but disappointingly barely touched upon their earlier material.

Jimmy Eat World gave a fantastic performance. They opened with Bleed American and proceeded to fill their forty five minute set with all their best hits. Jim may not have the most technically perfect voice but his live vocals are fantastic.

The event was opened by The Hot Rats (Supergrass' Gaz and Dan). They dabble in middle of the road feel-good indie rock and roll. They have a nice big sound for a two-piece and benefited well from the tightness that comes along with being a duo.

To mark the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison's death they threw in a rocked up cover of Crystal Ship by The Doors as well as an up tempo cover of Love Cats by The Cure.


Words by Tina Bass. Pictures by Lara Cullen



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"Drove the crew bus on this gig. 101 hours in 7 days! Grat crew to work with and DG very cool back stage, great show both days!" Dave Thorpe, Torquay around 6 years ago

"Saw Nirvana saw FF before but FuC* milton keynes gig was dynamite" ang, moon around 6 years, 10 months ago

"I proposed on the Saturday night." Darren and Abby, Milton Keynes around 6 years, 11 months ago

"Dave Grohl is GOD" Jack, Milton Keynes around 7 years, 2 months ago

"Extraodinario concert!La pasamos de maravillas celebrandomi cumplean conla mejorbanda! Dave,Pat Chris,Nat&Taylor sondivinos!Los amo,GRACIAS!" Chio, Scotland around 7 years, 7 months ago

"first foo fighters gig ever been to now all i listen to is the foo"s fucking dave grohl is a legend to leave it to long and come back to mk " Glenn Richardson, mk around 7 years, 7 months ago

"Due to my wife goig on hols with her sister I took my 6 year old son along. We both loved it so much, I feel so lucky to have been there." Davy, Belfast around 7 years, 7 months ago

"Went with my hubby on the Saturday-we were blown away. Far and away the best gig I've been too. Pur entertainment and Dave Grohl is lush!" JEN, St Helens around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Fourth time I've seen the Foo's and they just get better, we were there Sunday and it ROCKED!!! Dave is a legend" Justers, Aberdeenshire around 7 years, 8 months ago

"love the band and dave grohl- excellent" lynn, harlow around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Saw them at the Isle of Wight Festival and they were brillant. But at the Bowl they blew me away. The best band I've ever seen live!" Chris, Hornchurch around 7 years, 8 months ago

"2nd Time I've seen them. The Wembley crowd were 100 times better.! Very Very Good performance & I suppose we shouldnt compare to Wembley!" Ben, Nottingham around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Superb day, superb band. A day we'll remember forever." Paul & Linda, Manchester around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Went on sunday best day of my life the foos are the best Dave Grohl is a genius . Dont think i'll ever experience anything like it again " Richard Kingham, South Wales around 7 years, 8 months ago

"The Foo's were INCREDIBLE! Dave you're the best Man! My first Foo Fighters Concert and it blew me away. Can any band top them? No way! :D" Lauren, Milton Keynes around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Went on Sun.6th time Ive seen FFs & the best yet.Tears flowin durin Everlong.Will C them again soon in Chicago.Still horse on Tue Am.OMFG!!!" Ian, Derbyshire around 7 years, 8 months ago

"6th time Ive seen them,by far the best yet.Tears rolling down face during Everlong!Just 1 month till I C them in Chicago.Can it B as good?" Ian, Derbyshire around 7 years, 8 months ago

"4th time ive seen Foos and by far the best , my fav. venue excellent support , crowd was Amazing the whole damn experience was banging, dvd?" Chris, Thurrock around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Went Sunday and it was awesome! One of the few bands able to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Only downer,lack of MK Ts! " Kevin, Hillingdon around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Just an amazing gig, Dave Grohl certainly deserves his Godlike Genius status!! Biffy Clyro and Jimmy Eat World rocked too!! AWESOME!" Maia Rees, Somerset around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Been to so many gigs, but this was WAY better than anything I had ever seen before. Best of you stand out song if I had to pick. Come back!!" Steve, Walsall around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Love da Foo's so much.so delighted I came over from Ireland for the gig.Tops the bill, even over Wembley :) go for Croke Park 80,000+ waahey" Conor, Dublin around 7 years, 8 months ago

"3rd time I've seen them; Nottm arena, wembley and now MK - awesome. Went with my 16 year old son and loved every minute in the pit!" Howard Matthews, Loughborough around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Foos were brilliant, ive been a life long fan & this was 1st time ive seen them. loved it! only downer was security staff were way to ruff!!" Adam, Northampton around 7 years, 8 months ago

"My first Foo Fighters gig, can honestly say I wasnt expecting as much all round entertainment as that, went sat & will be going again." Clinton, Redhill, Surrey around 7 years, 8 months ago

" Most bands out there are good, they come on stage, sing there songs and leave. The Foo's put on a show, and thats what Rock and Roll is man" Mikey, Wales around 7 years, 8 months ago

"I was there BOTH DAYS....faked VIP wristbands for day 2. EPIC is an understatement :-)" siDDrz, Northampton around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Without a doubt, the BEST gig I have ever been to. There on Sun and it blew me away at how they had everyone in the palm of their hands!" GailB, Blackburn around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Absolutely THE best gig I have ever been to. It's gonna take a lot to top it... Dave is amazing!" Naomi, Leicester around 7 years, 8 months ago

"anyone see the police officer pushed into the lake??! lol" mash, cov around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Absolutely amazing! A truly overwhelming experience.There were moments during the gig that I was so overcome with emotion that I cried." Corinne, Wirral around 7 years, 8 months ago

"absolutely brilliant and unforgettable performanceOne word.... AWSOME!!!! Dave grohl is one THE best front men ever. I love you Foo Fighters" JAMIE GREGORY, MILTON KEYNES around 7 years, 8 months ago

"670 miles for the greatest gig I have ever witnessed.ROCK n GROHL" Sloppy Boris, Glasgow around 7 years, 8 months ago

"My 10th Foo's Gig, they have never let me down, such a tight band, they rocked MK. I was excited for the thousands who had not seen them bef" Del Merry, Northampton around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Genuinely don't think I will witness a better show than that. Grohl certainly knows how to work a crowd, and has the songs to boot. Amazing." Adam Pescod, Brighton around 7 years, 8 months ago

"One word.....EPIC ! Best Gig ever, well woth the £100 ticket and 5 hour drive ! Everlong finale was absolutely Awesome. " Aid, Stockton On Tees around 7 years, 8 months ago

"went on the sunday, was incredible! lost my camera though!!, kodak easyshare c182 pls could you comment or contact me if you picked it up!" India, Peterborough around 7 years, 8 months ago

"What more can I say after reading these comments. The Foos rocked the Bowl. Even better than Wembley! Thank you Dave!" Andy Sibbald, Helesnburgh, Scotland around 7 years, 8 months ago

"OMG! Went on Sunday and they totally rocked us all out of the bowl! I hope the guys know how grateful we all are that they came & conquered!" Ali Brown, Plymouth, Devon around 7 years, 8 months ago

"THE BEST GIG of my life!!!! Worth a long round trip. Atmosphere was fantastic, voice has gone and ache all over. TOP DAY!!!" Grayme, Devon around 7 years, 8 months ago

"What a way to spend my 40th birthday on Sunday! Dave my heart belongs to you!!!" Sam, Herts around 7 years, 8 months ago

"EPIC!!! An honour to be there! Foo's Rock!" Rob Boyce, Dartford around 7 years, 8 months ago

"What a way to break my concert virginity! Sublime!" Dave, Ramsgate around 7 years, 8 months ago

"best £50 i have spent in my entire life." jeff, milton keynes around 7 years, 8 months ago

"out of this world had 65000 fans in the palm of their hands.56 years old an got into the pit loved it.best rock band in the universe." mick, york around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Went to see foo fighters Sat. All of the band should give themselves a pat on the back,fanbloodytastic shame crowds throughing bottles " Debbie Sone, Leeds around 7 years, 8 months ago

"you know the best thing about the foo fighters??? EVERYTHING!!!" chris , swindon around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Best gig I've ever been to! Will be hard to beat! What more can I say!" Al, Cornwall around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Went Sat....they just get better and better,so good, Mr Grohl is a true God" Malc, Watford around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Went to both nights. Alice Copper was good. Had to leave during the encore last night but 2 top proformances." Tony, London around 7 years, 8 months ago

"800 mile round trip for Saturday, there's nobody else out there this good at the moment, AMAZING!!" Jase, Fife around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Saturday\'s gig was electric- amazing atmosphere! Foo fighters are the best rock and roll band in the world. Dave Grohl was awesome! " Lisa, Lincoln around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Superb show best yet and well worth the 412 mile road trip (both ways) bring on TITP" Steve, Dundee around 7 years, 8 months ago

"This was my sons first ever gig, and my first FF gig,and it will be a night that will never be forgotten.Totally Awesome." Karl, Derby around 7 years, 8 months ago

"foo fighters are legends!!!!!!!!" pete, leicester around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Went Saturday,moshed and soaked up the greatest band on the plant. Went again yesterday , on the barrier but kept it calm. Sublime !" Steve Smith, Selby around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Awesome, best gig I've ever seen the Foo's do including Wembley. Roll on the 13th October when I see them in LA. Still buzzing " Geoff, Newcastle around 7 years, 8 months ago

"did any one see that guy on sunday with the big blonde beard and the i'd go gay for grohl??" joe, around around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Best night of my life so far, amazing energy fuelled gig ,thanks to the foos" Ollie, Cheshire around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Went on Sunday all I can say is they were all absolutely awesome all the support acts clearly felt the buzz from the Foos! same next year??" Andy Geddes, Torbay around 7 years, 8 months ago

"The latest single is Walk. Not Rope" julia , Bath around 7 years, 8 months ago

"I was there and it was worth every damn penny! Foo Fighters ROCK! :)" Anna Andersson, Sweden around 7 years, 8 months ago

"SUNDAY - RED HTC PHONE, please comment if you found this, thanks for trying to contact me. Gig was fantastic only marred by my stupidity :(" Jo, Newcastle around 7 years, 8 months ago

"There was f**king Rad as dave would say. i went on the sunday and it was the best concert i will ever experience!!!!!" Bethany, Carlisle around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Saturday was perfect! If Carlsberg did gigs - 'this was the best gig in the world' a perfect weekend, 4 welsh boys,good music & beer!!!" will, Cardiff around 7 years, 8 months ago

"A truly spectacular night! You can tell they love the music from how they play with all their heart!" Stacey, liverpool around 7 years, 8 months ago

"I saw what I believe to be one of the greatest rock bands. Went with my son and compared to The Chilli's the Foos rock it !!! What a set !!!" Baz, Cromer around 7 years, 8 months ago

"I saw what I believe to be one of the greatest rock bands. Went with my son and compared to The Chilli's the Foos rock it !!! What a set !!!" Baz, Cromer around 7 years, 8 months ago

"The best gig I've seen in over 40 years of gigs. Dave and the band send shivers up your spine!!! Quality every time. Dave Grohl is the BOSS!" Chris Thomas, North Wales around 7 years, 8 months ago

"They Rocked. EPIC is the only word I can think of to describe their performance" Lee smith, Shropshire around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Breathtaking. No nonsense, heartfelt, communal rockathon. Dave knew we loved him so such, he cut the chit chat & just played the night away!" Henry T, Milton Keynes around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Best gig ever been to!!! Still buzzing now, at work watching phone vids and still tingling at Everlong can it ever be this good again????" Charlie, Derby around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Went on Sunday. Most spectacular performance i've ever seen (or probably will see!). Add to that Rock Gods as guests - Awesome event!!" Mick, York around 7 years, 8 months ago

"My first Foo Fighters gig ever yesterday...and it was amazing! Dave Grohl is a LEGEND! One of the best days I've ever had...am still buzzin!" Claudia Wills, irthlingborough, Northants around 7 years, 8 months ago

"By far the best Foo Fighter's gig I've been to! Dave Grohl is a legend! luv ya boys keep it up! :)" Leanne, East Lothian around 7 years, 8 months ago

"the best thing i have even seen so far! Dave Grol is a legend" Katie , London around 7 years, 8 months ago

"The best gig i have been to so far, Foo Fighters were amazing and Biffy did a really good set." Sam, Preston around 7 years, 8 months ago

"I went Saturday with my 2 young children 6 & 9. We all loved it and the playlist was excellent - by far the greatest rock band in the world" Lisa, Harrow around 7 years, 8 months ago

"I went with my son, didnt manage to get cheap tickets, but sounded great from the outside. best of you....best of the Foos! awsome night." stacey, milton keynes around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Review sums it up perfectly. Wheels was stand out for me. Loved the audience participation too. And fair play to th boy in the rubber dinghy" Dan, Cambridge around 7 years, 8 months ago

"I have bruises and everything but it was totally worth it! THE best day of my life! I love you Foo Fighters! please come again? xx" rachel Scullion, Milton Keynes around 7 years, 8 months ago

"what can i say .... Best concert ive EVA EVA bin too!!! Dave Grohl .... LEGEND !!!!!!!!! Wish it was on everyday all day !!! " rich, stoke around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Amazing gig on Sunday. Faultless and fantastic. Dave Grohl is a rock god!" Karen, Aylesbury, Bucks around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Fourth time ive seen Foo's, this beats the rest, they just get more awesome everytime, cant wait to see them in USA in oct, Dave is a god " sharon jackson, gomersal, yorkshire around 7 years, 8 months ago

"You forgot to include what i thought was the best song of the night which was Dear Rosemary with Bob Mould joining them on stage! AMAZING!!!" reade, bournemouth around 7 years, 8 months ago

"What about the guy crowd surfing in an inflateable boat? Funniest thing ever" Andy, derby around 7 years, 8 months ago

"absolutely brilliant and unforgettable performance" dr, london around 7 years, 8 months ago

"And what about Bob Mould DJing the entire day then coming on to play Dear Rosemary...that was a big highlight for a lot of people there!" Darron38, Reading around 7 years, 8 months ago

"I went on saturday with my son, his girlfriend and my niece. one of the best days of my life. Foo Fighters best band in the world. AWESOME." Jane Hancock, Wolverhampton around 7 years, 8 months ago

"went on sunday 3 hours of shear spine tingling entertainment respect to the foo's it has to go down as the best ever gig at mk bowl " clint, nottingham around 7 years, 8 months ago

"All I can say was "i was there" i'm still speachless" Robbie, Liverpool around 7 years, 8 months ago

"Went on Sat 2nd July. Absolutely rocking" Patsy Lambeth, Dunstable around 7 years, 8 months ago

"One word.... AWSOME!!!! Dave grohl is one THE best front men ever. I love you Foo Fighters. " Sean, Derbyshire around 7 years, 8 months ago