Foo Fighters Live At Wembley (2008)
The greatest thing about Live At Wembley is that you can see, almost to the second, the moment that the Foo Fighters went from being a big band to being one of the very biggest bands on the planet.
Recorded over two nights at the new Wembley Stadium in 2008, this film documents the band's two biggest ever shows. Grohl embodies the word "Rockstar" throughout, striking the right poses (without cliche) and working as hard as any frontman you will ever see. It's clearly an enormous occasion for the Foos as they struggle to comprehend their journey from a drummer's side project to stadium headliner.
The film perfectly captures the energy of the event. Aside from the enormous revolving stage the film is relatively no-frills, allowing the band to be the spectacle rather than letting any artistic flourishes in the film distract from the performance. The set is drawn from across the band's catalogue, although it's slightly weighted towards the Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace as that was the most recent album at the time. Then there is that Led Zeppelin collaboration - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page joining Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins on stage to play Ramble On and Rock And Roll (with Grohl and Hawkins taking one song each on vocals and drums). It was the moment when Zeppelin essentially passed the baton to the new heirs apparent of stadium rock.
But the biggest compliment that you can pay to Live At Wembley is that half of Led Zeppelin joining the band onstage, while momentous and exhilarating, is not the highlight of the film. This is a film as celebratory as any concert film you will see, and by the time the fireworks let fly at the end of the show you are left in no doubt whatsoever as to why the Foos, and Grohl, are so adored.
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