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Foo Fighters cover Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” in Rio de Janeiro — watch

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    Photo by David Brendan Hall

    As Foo Fighters continue on their massive world tour, they aren’t able to bring along the string of A-listers that appeared during Dave Grohl’s rocking birthday extravaganza earlier this month. Instead, the band’s settled for dusting off the hits of those giants of rock.

    During Sunday night’s concert at Rio de Janeiro’s Estadio Do Maracanã, Grohl and co. tackled the Rush classic “Tom Sawyer”. For many, Rush are untouchable in terms of covers, but Taylor Hawkins does the best Neil Peart he can with one-fifth the kit. Plus, the extra fury provided by three guitars helped the band rise to the challenge of this most epic prog anthem. Watch fan-shot footage below. (Ed. Note: Foo’s previously accompanied Rush in performing “Tom Sawyer” during their 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)

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    That wasn’t the only cover the Foos delivered for the Rio audience; KISS’ “Detroit Rock City” preceded the Rush cover, followed by “Stay With Me” by Faces and “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. You can watch the entire two-and-a-half hour performance — with “Detroit Rock City” starting at 1:44:00, “Stay With Me” at 1:53:10, and “Under Pressure” at 1:59:30 — and check out the complete setlist below (via YouTube user Edelmar Rock).

    Foo Fighters Rio de Janeiro Setlist:
    Something From Nothing
    Pretender
    Learn To Fly
    Breakout
    Arlandria
    My Hero
    Big Me
    Walk
    Cold Day
    In The Clear
    This is a Call
    Monkeywrench
    Skin + Bones
    Wheels
    Times Like These
    Detroit Rock City (Kiss)
    Tom Sawyer (Rush)
    Stay With Me (Faces)
    Under Pressure (Queen)
    All My Life
    These Days
    Outside
    Best Of You
    Everlong

    In related news, Foo Fighters continue to expand their upcoming tour schedule. Today, they announced a show performance at New York City’s Citi Field for July 15th. See the updated docket below.

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    Foo Fighters 2015 Tour Dates:
    01/31 – Bogota, CO @ Estadio El Campin
    02/18 – Christchurch, NZ @ AMI Stadium
    02/21 – Auckland, AU @ Mt. Smart Stadium
    02/24 – Brisbane, AU @ Suncorp Stadium
    02/26 – Sydney, AU @ ANZ Stadium
    02/28 – Melbourne, AU @ Etihad Stadium
    03/02 – Hobart, AU @ Derwent Entertainment Centre
    03/04 – Adelaide, AU @ Coopers Stadium
    03/08 – Perth, AU @ NIB Stadium
    05/15-17 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
    05/25 – Sunderland, UK @ Sunderland Stadium of Light
    05/27 – Manchester, UK @ Emirates Old Trafford
    05/30 – Meath, IE @ Slane Castle
    06/03 – Hamburg, DE @ O2 World
    06/05-07 – Nürburg, DE @ Rock am Ring
    06/05-07 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock im Park
    06/10 – Oslo, NO @ Telenor Arena
    06/12 – Gothenburg, SE @ Ullevi Stadium
    06/13-14 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop Festival
    06/16 – St. Gallen, CH @ AFG Arena
    06/19 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
    06/20 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
    06/23 – Edinburgh, UK @ BT Murrayfield Stadium
    06/25-28 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
    07/04 – Washington, DC @ RFK Stadium #
    07/06 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center %
    07/08 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre %
    07/09 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre %
    07/15 – New York, NY @ Citi Field %
    07/16 – New York, NY @ Citi Field %
    07/18 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park &
    07/19 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park %
    08/12 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place %
    08/13 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome %
    08/16 – Denver, CO @ Fidler’s Green Ampitheatre %
    08/17 – Denver, CO @ Fidler’s Green Ampitheatre %
    08/19 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheater %
    08/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center %
    08/22 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center %
    08/24 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre %
    08/27 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
    08/29 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field *
    09/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
    09/12 – George, WA @ Gorge Ampitheatre
    09/14 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
    09/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Ampitheatre
    09/18 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
    09/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
    09/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
    09/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion
    09/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Ampitheater
    09/29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
    09/30 – Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena
    10/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Centennial Olympic Park
    10/05 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
    10/07 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum

    ^ = w/ Kaiser Chiefs and BLK JKS
    % = w/ Royal Blood
    & = w/ Mission of Burma
    # = w/ Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett, Trombone Shorty, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, and Trouble Funk
    * = w/ Cheap Trick, Urge Overkill, and Naked Raygun

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