Foo Fighters’ frontman, Dave Grohl, had an interview with Entertainment Weekly where he talked about how he was asked to be better than Metallica’s James Hetfield and how he reacted to that request.
He talked about how he was terrified of the show and how his manager asked him to be better than Metallica’s frontman James Hetfield.
“I was terrified. And I remember before going on, my manager John Silva pulled me aside and said, ‘I just need for you to do one thing for me. I just need for you to be better than Metallica.’
[Laughs] I said, ‘That’s not going to happen.‘”
They made a plan to play their hit songs:
“But we decided since we only had 20 minutes on stage that we would do what Queen did at Live Aid, which was to basically play five of our most recognizable songs that everyone could sing along to.
And in the middle of the set, I jokingly announced to the audience that we would be back to play Wembley multiple nights. I was kidding! Because at that point, we had never even headlined a stadium.”
They ended up actually going back:
“And then someone asked us if we wanted to have some special guests. So being a Led Zeppelin freak – you know, I’ve got Led Zeppelin tattoos – I thought ‘Well, we’ve gotta call John Paul Jones.’
Grohl’s dream finally came true:
“And when they showed up I couldn’t believe that finally the moment I had been waiting for – to sit on a drum stool, look to my left and see Jimmy Page, look to my right and see John Paul Jones – was actually happening.”