Heart’s Ann Wilson Remembers Foo Fighters’ First Show Back After Dave Grohl Broke His Leg

Credit: Hayley MaddenFoo Fighters just completed their long North American Sonic Highways tour this past weekend. In between a summer of the Foos playing alongside members of Led Zeppelin and Queen and Dave Grohl getting revenge on his high school rival, it's easy to forget that, before the tour started, it seemed like it may not actually happen. Just weeks before the North American tour was scheduled to kick off with a giant July 4th blowout at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium, Grohl fell off the stage at a show in Sweden and broke his leg.

"Nobody knew whether [Grohl] was gonna be able to make it because he had just broken his leg," Ann Wilson, vocalist for the classic rock band Heart, tells ABC Radio. Heart, along with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, blues guitarist Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr. and rapper LL Cool J, was also scheduled to play the July 4th show.

Of course, the show went on as scheduled, and Grohl debuted his motorized, guitar-adorned throne, which he sat in throughout the tour.

"He's made of stone," Wilson says of Grohl. "He got up there and they played and it was cool."

Foo Fighters staged their summer tour in support of their latest album, Sonic Highways, which was of course accompanied by an eight-part HBO documentary series of the same name. The Sonic Highways series followed the Foos as they recorded Sonic Highways the album in different cities across the country. In between, Grohl would interview different music luminaries in each city, including Wilson's sister, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson, during the "Seattle" episode.

"That was a really cool project, that was an amazing project," Ann says of the Sonic Highways series. "They're an amazing band, they're hilarious and talented and just...long may they run."

Foo Fighters will hit the road again for a European tour in November.

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