Photos by Brantley Gutierrez
By now you’ve all heard that The JetSet Family was personally invited to Dave Grohl’s big birthday bash that went down this past Saturday night at The Forum. Then again, you would’ve had to have been living under a rock or on another planet perhaps, if you haven’t heard all about the shenanigans our beloved Foo Fighters pulled off. I mean after all, it’s all over Facebook, every news outlet, and all of the social media platforms are saturated with the laundry list of guest performers that showed up.
Dave hinted about this “big birthday bash at The Forum” between sips of champagne, and dancing in the crowd with fans, during the private show at The Roxy last November. But we had no idea it was going to be this grand. And we had no flipping’ clue his buds were going to show up and jam: Paul Stanley (KISS), Jack Black + Kyle Gass (Tenacious D), Slash (Guns N Roses), Alice Cooper, Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Trombone Shorty, David Lee Roth (Van Halen) and Mr. Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead).
“I started to call everyone I knew to come play tonight. And then I started to call everyone I didn’t know, and asked them to play. The next guy [David Lee Roth] is basically on my bucket list. And tonight I’m crossing it off.” – Dave Grohl
Now that’s a party.
Friends of Dave
It’s like an exclusive club or something. I swear the man’s contact list is cornucopia of goodness featuring the holy trinity and inner sanctums of rock and roll royalty and beyond. I mean whether it is President Obama, or Prince Harry – there were celeb sightings every few feet. From Ewan McGregor and Tom DeLonge (Blink 182), to Benjamin Bratt, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, and only the greatest TV host of all time, Mr. Jeff Probst of Survivor (find out what Jeff Probst tells Jimmy Fallon about his time in Hawaii with Dave Grohl and Adam Levine and the best prank ever!) Everyone loves Dave Grohl. And with good reason.
It’s good to be a Foo fan
I’ve been a fan of music since I could walk. And I’ve been a loyal fan to many bands. However, out of all of them, I’ve never seen a band give back to the fans as much as the Foo Fighters. Surprise shows, shows inside fan’s garages, outrageous guest performers, and even record stores on Record Store Day. I mean, c’mon…how rad is that?
I’ll never understand those who grump about Dave, his supposed ego, ticket prices ($63 was not bad for a three-hour, 30+ song line-up like this,) and blah, blah, blah. You don’t like him? Simple. Don’t listen. But the music is only a fraction of the big scheme of things. The shows are a blast. It’s more of a party, or throw back to the good old days. Even in a venue as big as The Forum, with flippin’ runways, it felt more like a kegger than a rock show.
Oh, and did I mention that $10 of every ticket was donated to one of three charities? Even those on the guest list were asked to pay $10 per ticket. That’s $175,000 raised just at this show.
She’s on the list.
I still can’t believe this was JetSet Kiddo’s first Foo Fighters show. Yes, she stood in line and bought her own ticket for #BeatTheBots, but this time, she was on the Foo Fighters guest list for the show and after party. What other 8 year old can say that not only they saw the best rockers in the world perform on one stage, but mingled with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars at The Forum Club? She has no idea of the magnitude right now, but in 20 years, she’s going to know how big this night really was.
The mile-long setlist
Detroit Rock City (KISS) with Paul Stanley : Do You Love Me? (KISS) with Paul Stanley : All My Life : Rope : The Pretender : My Hero : Happy Birthday with Jack Black : Tie Your Mother Down (Queen) with Slash + Tenacious D : Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin) with Slash + Tenacious D : Congregation : Walk : School’s Out with Alice Cooper : I’m Eighteen with Alice Cooper : Cold Day in the Sun : Monkey Wrench : Two Headed Dog (Roky Erickson) with Nick Oliveri : Learn to Fly : White Limo : Arlandria : NIB (Black Sabbath) with Zakk Wylde : Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath) with Zakk Wylde : Time Like These : Outside : Mountain Song (Jane’s Addiction) with Perry Farrell : Miss You (The Rolling Stones) with Perry Farrell : Something From Nothing : This Is a Call : Jam with Trombone Shorty : Best of You : Panama (Van Halen) with David Lee Roth : Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love (Van Halen) with David Lee Roth : Everlong : Let It Rock (Chuck Berry) with Lemmy Kilmister, Slash and Zakk Wylde
Photo credits: Brantley Gutierrez
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