Throwback of the week (12th July 2020)

Foo Fighters – Everlong

“Hello, I’ve waited here for you, Everlong.” The opening lyrics to this fantastic ballad by one of the biggest bands in the world right now instantly have you hooked. This song has so many feels to it! ‘Everlong’ makes me feel incredible, makes me feel alive, makes me feel like me.

They played this the first time I saw them, at Glastonbury 2017. The sky may have been dark, but the mood was electric. The riff starts. Everybody recognises it, the crowd erupts. Emotions start to flare as this is my first time seeing them live. Not only this, Dave Grohl then dedicates the track to Laura Plane who sadly lost her life to cancer In May the same year. At this point tears had already filled my eyes, this is about to happen.

Dave is a huge influence of mine, not just for his musical prowess, but for how he is as a human. He’s truly an inspiring person. To be able to write a song that can mean so much to so many people, and not all for the same reasons, really is a stroke of genius. I think that’s why they’re as big as they are. They have feel good songs that can resonate with anyone from any walks of life. This is quite a thing of beauty, it really shows how powerful music is.

I remember when I was younger, my Dad and I would go into the loft of our house every Sunday and listen to music. There is this one song that stuck with me, ‘Everlong’. But this wasn’t just any version, it was an original taping of the first time ‘Everlong’ was played acoustic on ‘The Howard Stern Show’. It may seem like a flex and it is, because this version has become infamous for one of the finest acoustic performances Dave Grohl has ever produced.

The emotion behind the song is a real thing to behold; and with the added memory of listening to it with my Dad, well, I can’t imagine a time when I listen to this song and feel bad. If you haven’t heard this version, it is linked below and I highly recommend you have a listen, you really won’t regret it!

Words: Dan Smith

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