The Foo Fighters are no strangers to the strategic placement and eclectic choices of cover songs sprinkled throughout their setlists when they are on the road. And on their current 2018 world tour, they are certainly delivering the cover song goods. With Weezer along as the opening act for the down under leg, at a recent Melbourne show Dave Grohl called frontman Rivers Cuomo to the stage a for rousing rendition of the Kiss anthem “Detroit Rock City.” It was captured on a not-too-bad quality fan video.
After some awkward stage banter where Cuomo responds to the question “Are you ready?” with an “I’m ready to rock” that hits Richie Cunningham level on the coolness scale, the jams are pretty much kicked out. The song kills it with five minutes of high octane rock and roll. Taylor Hawkins does his best Tasmanian Devil impression thrashing it on the drums and Rivers Cuomo delivers his best Paul Stanley vocal.
A couple of shows in, if you are a fan of surprise cover songs this is a tour to see. For the Melbourne concert along with “Detroit Rock City,” the Foos covered Alice Cooper’s “Under My Wheels,” “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Under Pressure,” and delivered a hometown shout out to Malcolm Young during the encore covering the AC/DC anthem “Let There Be Rock.” The New Zealand stop on the tour was even more cover-centric adding “Another One Bites the Dust” and Duran Duran’s “Rio” to the jukebox.