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Local Band’s Impromptu Gig Leads to Foo Fighters Invite to Surprise Show

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters / Nirvana / Them Crooked Vultures)
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Mostly unknown bands are always looking for a way to generate additional interest, but for one local Glastonbury band, they recently accomplished their goal and got a special bonus on top of it as they were invited to catch the Foo Fighters recent surprise show at the Cheese and Grain in Frome.

While many fans around the world were watching the performance streaming on Facebook Live, the members of Electric Fox found themselves inside the venue after putting on a show for those queued up in line to get in. According to Somerset Live (as tipped by Alternative Nation), the band packed up their van and headed to Frome with the goal of getting some attention and potentially crashing the gig, and they succeeded.

“We headed towards Frome at full tilt, knowing this was almost certainly a terrible idea. The van was crammed full of musical equipment and band members. I squatted in the back for most of the trip, next to the drummer and a full drum kit, with guitars and cymbals falling around our heads as the van lurched along winding country roads,” wrote interviewer Joe T. Smith about his experience traveling with the band to the gig.

“As we neared the venue of the rumored Foo Fighters gig we had no idea what to expect. I was fairly sure the band would end up making fools of themselves and perhaps be arrested,” says Smith. “As we pulled up in the car park of the Frome Cheese and Grain we saw the lucky ticket-holders queuing and a hoard of fans milling about, hoping to get in. I hopped out of the van and made myself busy interviewing people in the queue. I chatted to a few people in the queue while the band did a sneaky sound check in the back of their van. When they started playing I began to film.”

Smith recalls, “The crowd applauded, the band sounded good and the people queuing were glad of a bit of entertainment. They played out of the back of their van, drum kit inside, speakers on the roof and the guitarists and singer standing outside serenading the crowd. After the band finished playing I asked them how it had gone and they told me that the Foo Fighters’ tour manager had come out and given them all tickets to get into the gig. The guys were over the moon, they couldn’t believe their luck. Their gamble had paid off, not only had they not been boo’d and arrested, the crowd had loved them and they had been given passes to see the Foo Fighters!”

So you can chalk up another instance further solidifying Foo Fighters as one of the “good guy” bands in rock.

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