Saturday night in Atlanta during the Super Bowl with the Foo Fighters and Run the Jewels??? YES PLEASE!!! For weeks, we’ve been watching the construction of the massive tent for the DirecTV Super Saturday Night going up at Atlantic Station. Tickets sold out rapidly, but fifteen hundred lucky fans got access to special tickets which granted them early access to an exclusive “Foo Fighters Experience”. Attendees could walk through a hall of Foo’s memorabilia, grab some prizes from the Jackalope locker room and get a picture of themselves sitting on Dave Grohl’s custom rock throne. Unlike most events around the ATL, the beer prices were pretty reasonable and STK was onsite to offer snacks for sale. The 72,000 square foot temporary building housed a general admission floor and two upper balconies reserved for celebrity VIP’s. Some of the celebrities on hand included Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd , Keegan-Michael Key, model Emily Ratajkowski and football heroes Tim Tebow, Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers.
Atlanta local Killer Mike and Brooklyn’s own El-P from Run the Jewels walked on stage to Queen’s “We Are The Champions” while throwing up their signature “Fist and Gun” hand gestures. They burned through their 30 min set performing songs including “Legend Has It,” “Stay Gold,” and “Call Ticketron.” It was obvious that some of the Foo fans had no idea who RTJ was but became fans of the rap group that night. Killer Mike quickly between sets reminded all the ladies that they are beautiful, respected and to love themselves.
Complete RTJ Set List Below:
Talk to Me
Legend Has It
Blockbuster Night Part 1
Don’t Get Captured
Thursday in the Danger Room
As their 11:15 start time rolled around, Foo Fighters did not leave the fans waiting. They hit the stage dead bang on time! Dave Grohl came running out onto the stage strumming his custom Pelham Blue Gibson screaming “Are you ready!!! This isn’t a half time show! This is a good time show!” Known for their “all-nighters,” Foo Fighters have a habit of rocking long into the night (remember the four plus hour show at Infinite Energy Arena in 2011?). For the Super Saturday Night Show they followed the same song formula that they did last year for their Concert and Gold tour but this time around they had a few surprises. Some thought maybe Steven Tyler would come out and sing during “The Pretender” since the Foos threw in a little “Train Kept A Rolling” interlude but alas, Tyler did not show. After a couple of songs and a phenomenal drum solo by Taylor Hawkins, Grohl invited out saxophonist Dave Koz to perform on “La Dee Da”. The rest of the band including, bassist Nate Mendel, guitartist Pat Smear, guitarist Chris Shiflet, and keyboardist Rami Jaffee were introduced one by one, each with their own solo cover song. Saving the best for last, Grohl pointed to Taylor and asked if he and his “Van Halen Pants” could get up and perform a song. As Hawkins made his way to the front of the stage, Queen drummer Roger Taylor took his place behind the drums and proceeded to perform “Under Pressure” with Hawkins singing. The crowd went wild. Again this is a Foo Fighters show, don’t just think that just because the show is almost done, they won’t pull any surprises. For the final two songs Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) came out and performed a cover of The Black Sabbath classic “War Pigs” followed by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell who covered the 90’s hit “Mountain Song.”
DirecTV certainly spared no expense for this event and picking the Foo Fighters was one of the best decisions they could’ve made. If you couldn’t make it to the performance, you can still view it on Twitter here. What a way to start the 2019 concert year.
Complete Foo Fighters Set List Below:
All My Life (with “Cat Scratch Fever” interlude)
Learn to Fly
The Pretender – (with “Train Kept a Rolling” interlude)
The Sky Is a Neighborhood
Times Like These
La Dee Da – (with Dave Koz)
Guitar Solo / Another One Bites the Dust / Imagine / Jump / Blitzkrieg Bop / Day-Oh
Under Pressure – (Queen cover) (with Roger Taylor)
War Pigs – (Black Sabbath cover) (with Zac Brown and Tom Morello)
Mountain Song – (Jane’s Addiction cover) (with Perry Farrell, Zac Brown, and Tom Morello)
Best of You
Words by Hillery Terenzi
Photos (Credit: Getty Images for AT&T)