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The Holy Shits: what happened at last night’s ‘secret’ Foo Fighters’ gig

Posted at 11:00 am, September 12, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
The Holy Shits

The Holy Shits. A great name for a band, or a terrible one? Well, it’s certainly better than their real name: Foo Fighters.

Dave Grohl and co played a ‘secret’ London gig last night at new skatepark/diner/music venue House of Vans, under the ‘Holy Shits’ pseudonym. It’s one of three low-key gigs ahead of their headline set at the Invictus Games Closing Concert on Sunday.

850 fans were treated to a free (!) two-hour, hit-packed set under the railway arches of Waterloo. Time Out was there to see Grohl get dripped on by damp from the ceiling, and him and the rest of the Foos sure did seem to be having a lot of fun.

The Holy Shits

‘We use gigs like this,’ said Grohl, after the first batch of songs, ‘with small, captive audiences, to play all the shit people don’t like,’ before launching into ‘See You’ from ’97’s ‘The Colour and the Shape’ album. There was plenty to get Foos nerds feeling nostalgic: ‘For All the Cows’, ‘Weenie Beenie’ and ‘This is a Call’, all from their self-titled debut album, cropped up in the band’s 21-song set. But it was their epic, life-coachy recent hits – ‘The Pretender’, ‘Best of You’, ‘All My Life’ – that made the crowd go nuts. ‘I’m so excited to be playing London,’ the 45-year-old frontman told us mid-way through the set. ‘But when I heard we were playing these little shows I got even more excited.’ (Hold on Dave, isn’t this your band? Do you not decide these things rather than be ‘told’? Wait, no, sorry, we’re not complaining…)

The Holy Shits

The Holy Shits have one more warm-up to go – tonight, at Islington Assembly Hall (it sold out in seconds, sorry) – until Sunday’s big gig. But with a new album on the way later this year, it’s pretty likely they’ll be back in our capital before too long. ‘I’m not sure when we’ll be coming back,’ said Grohl at the end of the gig. ‘But it won’t be in a place like this.’ If the rumours are true, and they’re playing a week-long stint at Wembley Stadium next year, then he ain’t lying.

The Holy Shits

Full set list:

White Limo




See You

New Way Home

The Pretender

Learn to Fly

My Hero

Cold Day in the Sun

All My Life

Skin and Bones

Monkey Wrench

Hey, Johnny Park!

For All the Cows


Weenie Beenie

This Is a Call


Times Like These

Best of You


Find out more about the Invictus Games Closing Concert where the Foo Fighters will be playing this Sunday.

By Ben Williams

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