“…When this whole thing went down, I was like, ‘No, man, I’m not doing it until we can go out and do it like that,’” says Dave of his reluctance to do a livestream during a pause in the set. “And then I realised, ‘You know what? The most important thing right now is to bring joy and happiness. Everybody needs a little moment, every day. You wake up and you look at your phone and you’re like, ‘Oh, fuck, what’s it gonna be right now?’ You hit the news thing, or you hit the text thing, and you’re like, ‘Urgh – anxiety, fuck that shit.’ You need joy; you need a little happiness. So, if we can’t be in each other’s face right now, I realised that this is what we need to do to bring the joy and happiness.”
And that’s really what this is all about. Yes, this is a killer-sounding set with fancy lights and a guest choir. And yes, the closing trio of Make It Right (a welcome addition to the 12-song set), Best Of You and Everlong are an unbeatable way to round off any show by any band. But for both Foo Fighters and their fans, this is really all about joy and happiness.
“I do know that we will do it again, because we have to,” the frontman wrote in an impassioned thinkpiece about the power of live music back in May. “It’s not a choice. We’re human. We need moments that reassure us that we are not alone. That we are understood. That we are imperfect. And, most important, that we need each other.”
For now, a Foo Fighters livestream has more than filled that gap. But god damn, it’s going to be glorious when we can do it again for real.