• Raul Toro


Updated: Feb 13, 2019

It was a clear Sunday night where the full illumination from Earth’s natural satellite was prevalent in the background of the Monster Energy Stage.  This stage being situated in the largest city in the United States-- Jacksonville, Florida.  The headliner, Foo Fighters, were closing out a three day festival that was: Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville.

During the band’s headlining set, Foo Fighter’s front-man Dave Grohl, who is notorious for having surprise guests come out during their performances, made sure that this show was no exception.  The Foo Fighters welcomed John Travolta and rock and roll icon Billy Idol on stage.

Surprisingly to fans, the headliners broke out in an impromptu cover of, “You’re The One That I Want”, from the the classic movie “Grease”.  Why, you may ask? The crowd was asking the same question, until the cameras panned to the side stage and focused on Mr. "Grease Lightning" himself -- John Travolta.  Eventually, Travolta would emerge from the side stage and walk out and embrace Dave Grohl and acknowledge the ravenous crowd before departing from the stage.

Now, if that wasn’t enough, Grohl and company had another surprise waiting for the Jacksonville crowd-- Punk Pioneer Billy Idol. For many hard core Billy Idol fans who know of his Generation X days-- were treated to an extra special performance.  Foo Fighters and Billy Idol, joined forces to perform Generation X’s cover of John Lennon’s “Gimmie Some Truth”. At the conclusion the rock icon bowed to the crowd, embraced Dave Grohl as rock and roll brothers and departed the stage to a stunned and gratified crowd.  ( VIDEO LINK )

Lastly, and the final surprise of the night was when Foo Fighter drummer, Taylor Hawkins, was called out by his front-man to lend his vocals to the crowd.  As Hawkins addressed the crowd, Grohl could be seen in the background smoking a cigarette and placing himself behind the drum kit. Then, the band eased themselves into a cover of Queen’s and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure”.  

In conclusion, to say that Foo Fighters closed Welcome to Rockville in style, would be an understatement.  Not only did the headliners inform the crowd that they would play until they got kicked off the stage, but to have such a cast of special appearances and special performances is what separates this energetic and stylish rock and roll band from the rest of the pack.  


FOO FOGHTER Set List Rockville 2018

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