The Foo Fighters were supposed to close out the fifth annual Bottle Rock Napa festival on Sunday night. But in the end, it was the concert organizers who pulled the plug on the multi-platinum rock band led by Dave Grohl.
Even though the group was allotted a two-hour headlining slot on the third day of the luxe festival in the heart of Napa, the group only made it midway through “Everlong” its hit song from 1997, when it ran up against the concert’s strict 10 p.m. curfew.
The promoters promptly shut down the speakers and video screens as Grohl and the band kept going to the wild cheers of the sold-out crowd.
It was a fitting end the festival that packed in so much action over Memorial Day weekend that it often felt impossible to keep up. More than 80- eclectic artists performed during the three-day festival, including after parties like the Foo Fighters’ private concert at the 150-capacity Blue Note Napa on Friday night. From wine tastings and gourmet food offerings, to an outside spa and countless VIP perks.
Grohl was racing against time from the moment the Foo Fighters took the stage, sensing that for their first major rock show in two years they would have trouble covering all the highlights of their two decades-plus career. They didn’t even get to their new track, “The Sky Is a Neighborhood,” which Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins debuted at the annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert back at the Fillmore on May 15.
“We’ve got too many f— songs,” Grohl said.
They nearly made it through all the hits, touching on fast and loose versions of hits like “Learn to Fly,” “My Hero,” and “Best of You,” alongside throwaway covers of songs like Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” and Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309/Jenny.”
“How many people have never seen the Foo Fighters before?” he asked, eliciting a huge cheer from the audience that stretched as far as the eye could see on the grounds of the Napa Expo. “That’s cool. It’s been 22 years. Couldn’t get a sitter?”
Grohl nearly screamed his voice hoarse during “Monkey Wrench” but didn’t show any sign of slowing down as the band bolted for — and past — the festival’s finish line.