Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Is the Live Performer We Deserve

In praise of the frontman's unflappable devotion to his fans. 
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In praise of the frontman's unflappable devotion to his fans. 
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Let's face it: Often, the worst part about seeing your favorite band is seeing your favorite band.

Ask fans of Kanye West: the "greatest living rock star on the planet" threw a hissy fit and stormed off stage amid technical difficulties at Toronto's Pan Am games in July. Or Lil' Wayne, who left fans in the lurch when his DJ played the wrong track at a college show in Florida in March. No matter how great your musical idol is, there's always a chance that they'll act like a diva and bail at the drop of a hat. 

Not Dave Grohl, though. With a series of amazing moments during his most recent tour, the Foo Fighters frontman is showing his fellow musicians what real devotion to your fans looks like.

During a recent show in Greenwood Village, Colorado, Grohl pulled a fan on stage and serenaded him with "My Hero," reducing a grown man to cheers of joy within minutes.



Last week, Grohl brought fans on-stage for a cover of Rush classic "Tom Sawyer." 

Just a few weeks before, Grohl responded to an amazing fan-made video featuring 1,000 Italian fans playing a massive cover of "Learn to Fly," a plea for the band to come to the city of Cesena, Italy. But Grohl didn't just respond—he responded in Italian. 

Keep in mind that all of these incidents come a few months after Grohl broke his leg during a live show in Sweden. While the band was forced to cancel a handful of shows following the accident, Grohl was determined to go on. "You have always stood by our band, and we will always stand by you," he said in a message announcing the cancelations. "Like I say at every show, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you guys."

Bless you, Dave Grohl. In a world where our favorite musicians so often succumb to narcissism and self-obsession and leave their loyal fans in the dust, you're a reminder of what it truly means to be a live performer. 

Photos by Dimitri Hakke/Redferns via Getty Images