For the first time since COVID-19 decimated the live concert industry, New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden was 100 percent full for a Foo Fighters show on Sunday night.
The rockers played a long and animated set; The concert-goers raved about the three-hour runtime, especially since no one had been able to see a live performance on such a large scale for around a year and a half.
The Foo Fighters invited comedian Dave Chappelle onto the stage as a surprise guest, where he sang Radioheadshead Creep together with the band.
At the start of the show, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins traded places with the band’s singer, Dave Grohl, for a cover of Queen’s Somebody to Love. The band also covered the Bee Gees ’ You should dance, a little taste of what’s to come – the band plans to release a disco album in the near future (yes, you read that right).
The concert was the first in more than 15 months that there was no mask requirement, social distancing protocol, or capacity restrictions, and all concert-goers were required to provide proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination.
Fans posted photos of the concert on social media, showing the size of the crowd and expressing their euphoria at being able to attend a packed show again. Many also took the opportunity to encourage others to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
A small group of anti-vaccination protesters gathered outside Madison Square Garden before the show, saying it was unfair for those who choose not to be vaccinated.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in May that if all attendees are fully vaccinated, venues in the state can be 100 percent busy.
The concert was confirmed in early June.
“We have been waiting for this day for over a year,” said Grohl in a written statement at the time. “And Madison Square Garden is going to feel so HARD.”
Grohl has definitely kept this promise.