Foo Fighters Massive 2015 Sonic Highways World Tour

Dave-Grohl-Raphael-Dias-Getty-Images.jpg
Dave Grohl. Photo: Raphael Dias/Getty Images

Foo Fighters finished the first leg of the band's massive 2015 Sonic Highways World Tour with seven dates in South America. In addition to playing several new songs from their 2014 Sonic Highways album and many familiar hits, Foo Fighters added a new four to five cover song section to this tour's setlist.

For the band's January 2015 South American dates, Foo Fighters played the following cover songs:

Rush's "Tom Sawyer" (watch), AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock", The Rolling Stones' "Miss You", Alice Cooper's "School's Out". Queen with David Bowie's "Under Pressure" (Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins duet), The Faces' "Stay With Me" and Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down" (both with Taylor on vocals). The Foo Fighters also frequently add Kiss' "Detroit Rock City" and Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" to setlists after playing the two songs with Kiss' Paul Stanley (watch) and Van Halen's David Lee Roth (watch) at Dave Grohl's 46th Birthday Show at the Los Angeles Forum January 10th. Dave's Birthday Show included a long list of special guests including: Slash, Tenacious D, Alice Cooper, Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, and former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri. Grohl's actual 46th birthday was January 14th.

Next Foo Fighters headed to New Zealand and Australia for dates in February and early March before three dates in mid-May at the beachside Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Starting in late May Foo Fighters traveled to the UK and Europe for a series of arena and festivals shows and two already sold out shows at London's Wembley Stadium June 19-20. Foo Fighters started the last leg of the tour in North America July 4th in Washington D.C. 

Sonic Highways Album and Television Series

Foo Fighters released their eighth album Sonic Highways on November 10, 2014 as a concept album to their HBO television series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways which debuted October 17, 2014.

The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 190,000 copies in the United States alone. The series, which Dave Grohl directed, documents Foo Fighters recording eight songs in eight different United States cities and music studios with guest performers on each song representing each city. The series documents the music scenes in Chicago, Washington D.C., Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seattle and New York. Grohl wrote lyrics to each song with references to each episodes' themes and interviews with notable musicians from each city such as Dolly Parton, Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat and Fugazi, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Zac Brown, Gary Clark, Jr. and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie.

The Sonic Highways television series and album preceded one of Foo Fighters most ambitious world tours, which began on December 10, 2014, and ended November 13, 2015. The 80-show tour included 43 dates in North America, 18 in Europe, 8 in Oceania, 7 in South America, 2 in Asia, and 2 in Africa. 

During Foo Fighters' Gothenburg, Sweden show on June 12, 2015, Grohl accidentally walked off of the stage and broke his leg.

After a trip to the hospital where a cast was put on Grohl's leg, he returned to finish the set in a wheelchair and crutches. Although the rest of the European dates of that tour leg were cancelled, Foo Fighters later continued the tour playing 54 dates with Grohl performing on a custom-made movable rock guitar throne which allowed him to play while seated.