Sep 5, 2015: Surprise Guests Play Queen-Bowie Hit

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Grohl and Taylor

Dave Grohl was still on his throne as his broken leg mended. He called it a “super-duper group” when the Foo Fighters were joined by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and Roger Taylor of Queen on September 5, 2015, at the band’s Milton Keynes Bowl show in England. They united to play the 1981 song collaboration between Queen and David Bowie, “Under Pressure,” as a salute the the late Freddie Mercury on what would have been his 69th birthday.

A few months earlier, on June 12, at a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, Grohl fell offstage and told the audience that he thought he had broken his leg. After gamely finishing the show, a post-concert x-ray revealed that his leg was indeed broken. The Foo Fighters were forced to cancel their remaining European dates.

Their touring activity resumed several months later. On this night, midway through their 23-song set, Grohl introduced Jones and Taylor and the surprised audience understandably went wild. “I don’t know if you all have ever seen a super group,” he said. “This is a super-duper group. I don’t even know what to say because this kind of shit doesn’t happen every day.

“Let me just tell you that the Foo Fighters, right now, are living out our rock ‘n roll fantasy with you tonight,” added Grohl. His band has frequently been performing the classic rock song on their tour, with Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins singing the duet. “Rog,” said Grohl. “Go for it…”

Watch the “super-duper group” perform “Under Pressure”

Related: “Under Pressure” is on our list of 9 signature rock classics that weren’t U.S. chart hits

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