Foo Fighters Dedicate 'My Hero' To Barack Obama

Rock music at political party conventions has become increasingly commonplace in the last decade or so, and the recent Democratic National Convention was no exception.

Foo Fighters Dedicate 'My Hero' To Barack Obama
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Rock music at political party conventions has become increasingly commonplace in the last decade or so, and the recent Democratic National Convention was no exception. Taking to the stage at the event in North Carolina, Foo Fighters performed a special two-song acoustic set, which included a version of 1998 single "My Hero" which was dedicated to Barack Obama. Before playing the track, Dave Grohl said the following: "It's an honour to be here tonight. I think this song makes perfect sense, here." The band's set also included 2011 track "Walk". According to NME, other performances at the DNC came from Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, Marc Anthony and Jessica Sanchez. Foo Fighters also played an epic 35-song set the night before the DNC (September 5th) at the Rock The Vote Show, also in North Carolina. The band, who headlined the Reading festival on August 26th had dispelled their own claims about going on hiatus. Grohl had told the Reading crowd: "It's the last show of the tour and it's the last show for a long time." The group also has lined up US festival appearances in Atlanta, Georgia on September 21 and Pensacola Beach, Florida on September 22. Foo Fighters' set at the DNC fared somewhat better than 3 Doors Down's show at the Republican National Convention. The band had played their set to a less than enthusiastic audience, with many of the members of the audience filing out of the auditorium as they performed. CNN's Lisa Desjardins commented: "I SEE NOT ONE Republican rocking, swaying or even halting to listen to the sounds of Three Doors Down. And I can see the whole place" while the Washington Post gave "Full credit to Chris Christie. Forcing 3 Doors Down on an unsuspecting audience is definitely telling people what they don't want to hear."

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    Cheeseman Jay
    *grabs popcorn and waits for ensuing political shitstorm*
    burntice619
    I can see it now..."Republicans Slam Foo Fighters"
    iommi600
    I just made a joke about Dave Mustaine SLAMMING (yep, this word deserves to be caps locked) Grohl tomorrow, but some angry moderator felt like deleting it. Heh.
    Veronique Vega
    Dave Grohl's pose... does he think he just won a beauty pageant? Clad in a Slayer tshirt and all? *avoiding political hooey*
    Jesus_Dean
    I dunno about the rest of you guys, but I just don't give a crap about any musicians political orientation. Be it Dave Grohl, Tom Petty, Dave Mustaine, Pussy Riot or even Phil Lynotts' Mom....I don't give a damn! I just wanna hear kick-ass music. If I wanna hear about politics, I'll tune in to CNN.
    bulusvanua
    Musicians don't suddenly stop being people with opinions when they get famous. Frankly its refreshing, whether I agree or not, when a musician actually gives a hoot about the world and where its at. They tend to be the ones who make the most interesting music too. 'Shut up and sing' is a really dull mentality to have.
    RadioTape
    I agree with both of you to an extent, it's nice to know someone supports a party or a cause, but having an artist play at an event like that is unnecessary, then again, I think Obama is trying anything to stay away from his great track record. I'm not even a US citizen but I always thought Obama was a fraud.
    tennesseehild
    I understand they have an opinion but the majority of people in America don't scream hey I'm voting for this guy, you should too. I personally don't agree with them making public announcements on who they support. As for them playing at the national conventions it's brilliant due to the number of ignorant fools, and people who follow like sheep because they can't think for themselves
    med1616
    sooooo if you are famous you aren't allowed to have opinions or speak out on your opinions????
    guitar7masta
    I just don't like it when all they do is spout their opinions every day as if they were on CNN. By all means, feel free to voice your opinion, just don't make that the only thing that fans have to pay attention to. Music comes first.
    red_hot_chili18
    Dave Grohl for president.
    Tag43
    I've always said Dave Grohl for President and Serj Tankian for Vice. Grohl/Serj 2012
    Ian Paul Gint
    Dave Mustaine for vice-president
    Veronique Vega
    Coutney Love for Speaker of the House
    iommi600
    LOL, that's probably the first time I ever saw a moderator trolling.
    Rawshik
    Metallica for Supreme Court.
    Firebreather01
    What really struck me about this article is that they played a 35 song set. This band is ageless.
    burnsz82
    Totally agree...I feel the systems rigged because of our 2 choice system and all the f-in money that goes into this constant spewing of b.s. to our media outlets that you can't get away from. Unless of course you can survive under a rock...I like a lot of the Foo Fighters music, but I don't agree with their support of anything political.
    5t4lky
    can anyone of you mention a celebrity deathmatch episode with Obama/Grohl vs Romney/Mustain as tag-teams?
    AndyZ
    There is only one way to solve that match, and that is a rap battle.
    Blew1
    So much for anarchic 'Fuck the establishment' Rock 'N' Roll!!! Keep sucking on the sack!!! Hope Rage Against The Machine and System Of A Down reform so we can have some excitement back in rock instead of all this do-gooder stuff!
    Sammy Mantis
    Rage and System will not be back as long as Barry is in office. Don't you know it's far too taboo to say anything slightly critical about the flawless messiah Obama? Now if Romney is elected, they'll probably be back in action before the end of this year. Because y'know...It's all just...These greedy corporations and stuff man...Y'know?
    on3andth3sam3
    Anarchy/anti-establishment ideals don't help society progress. Who is still a symbol of anarchy nowadays? People have wised up. Just screaming about how much you hate your government is stupid. You need to actually do something about it, which you do by becoming more politically involved.