Watch Foo Fighters And Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen Team Up On ‘Letterman’
Written by Nastassia Baroni on 20th October, 2014
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Foo Fighters week-long residency on The Late Show With David Letterman will sadly come to a close soon, but in true Foo Fighters style the band’s last remaining covers are sure to be their most blistering. Night four of the celebrations saw the Foos joined on stage by guitar legend Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick for an explosive rendition of his band’s Stiff Competition.
Keeping things interesting, this time round Dave Grohl reclaimed his seat at the drum kit, allowing Taylor Hawkins to take centre stage, handling the lead vocals like a pro. Decked in an all-white suit, Hawkins paid homage to Cheap Trick’s charismatic Robin Zander, while Nielsen and his trademark checkered guitar slayed the Heaven Tonight track.
The near-week-long celebration has seen the Foo Fighters take up residency on The Late Show With David Letterman playing alongside artists who inspired their forthcoming eighth studio album, Sonic Highways.
They kicked off the week with a performance of Black Sabbath’s 1970 classic War Pigs alongside Zac Brown and followed that up by taking the stage with members of US outfit Heart to tackle their 1977 track Kick It Out. On day three the Foos teamed up with Louisiana singer and songwriting legend Tony Joe White to perform his 1969 hit Polk Salad Annie, a track famously covered by Elvis Presley.
Nielsen, who will be in Australia soon for a series of shows, appears on Foo Fighter’s new album as well as the HBO series of the same name, which premieres this afternoon in Australia at 4:30pm on Go!, just one hour after the US premiere. The album, Sonic Highways, is due out globally on 10th November. The band have already shared the record’s first full track Something From Nothing.
Australian Foo fans might not have to wait that long to see the Foos in person either. Or they might, we’re not entirely sure. Yesterday, Australian tour company Frontier Touring posted a link to a page SomethingNothingOzNz, filled with cryptic clues which seem to suggest, though not explicitly, an impending Foo Fighters’ Australian and New Zealand tour announcement.
Keep an eye out for that one, and check out the latest Foo Fighters Letterman performance below. After that, find out what happens when Late Show writer Joe Grossman tries to pitch comedy sketch ideas to the band members. Hint: It doesn’t go well.
Foo Fighters will return to Letterman one last time this week for their fifth and final performance to be accompanied by a special Top Ten list.
Watch: Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen: Stiff Competition – David Letterman
Watch: Joe Grossman Pitches Comedy to the Foo Fighters – David Letterman