Foo Fighters has conducted a set for the #SaveOurStages (#SOS) campaign, which aims to preserve US music areas native to the coronavirus pandemic.
The half-hour set, live-streamed from The Troubadour’s iconic LA venue last night (October 17) features Dave Grohl and companion. restyle a selection of their songs for an acoustic show.
This is not the first time the band has helped to support the National Independent Venue Association’s #SaveOurStages campaign.
Last month, legendary rockers returned the original designs of the two on their 1995 t-shirt to help them benefit from the initiative. Proceeds from the sale of shirts went to #SaveOurVenues (from UK sales) and #SaveOurStages (from US sales).
The shirts included the original ‘Roswell Alien Design’ for two t-shirts originally sold to commemorate the band’s performances on February 23, 1995 at the Jambalaya Club in Arcata, California, and June 3, 1995 at King’s College in London. .
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The National Independent Venue Association is spearheading efforts to get the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act passed, which will create a $ 10billion (£ 7.8billion) small business association fund to help small areas in need or threatened with closure due to the effects of the pandemic.
One fan who commented on the Foos set last night wrote: “That was the most intense version of ‘Times Like It’ that I heard and experienced. Very nice.”
Another performance said that “MTV reminds me of the unplugged gig they did with Krist [from Nirvana] and the cellist when I was 18 years old. Was lucky enough to see both bands but never wanted it. “
In related news, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem joined last month in the fight to save independent music venues in the US, saying supporting the gesture “is the least we can do as a group of people taking care of ourselves “.
He said at a press conference in New York: “This is an infrastructure problem, and it should be seen as an infrastructure problem that requires funding. I mean, even if all you care about is the primary, this city exports creative work.This is what we do as a city.And that work is sponsored and nurtured by the independent scene scene and New York sponsor, as in every other [city].
“Larger companies that also serve demand, do not serve yan need to stay with the artists in the beginning, of serving one, small community, one, small scene. “