On Sunday night, New York hit another reopening milestone: the Foo Fighters performed the first full-capacity concert at Madison Square Garden, making it the first full-capacity show at any New York arena since March 2020. So of course they decided to usher in the return of live music in the grandest way possible: by bringing out comedian Dave Chappelle to sing Radiohead’s classic “Creep.” (The Foo Fighters were the musical guest when Chappelle hosted SNL back in November 2020, as well.)
The Foo Fighters just brought out Dave Chappelle to sing “Creep” for the first concert at Madison Square Garden since covid. Incredible.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 21, 2021
Chappelle is a well-known “Creep” aficionado; as Stereogum points out, he’s sung it at Saturday Night Live afterparties, with Erykah Badu, Ed Sheeran, and at a strip club. Suffice to say, if you ever run into Chappelle at a karaoke joint, you know what song to play.
This was a pretty big weekend for Chappelle, who screened an untitled documentary at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday to close the Tribeca Film Festival; the doc is all about the outdoor comedy shows he hosted in Ohio last year during the pandemic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Saturday’s screening featured some surprise performances by Redman, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, A$AP Ferg, Q-Tip, and Fat Joe.
But back to the Foo Fighters—they performed a 24 song set at MSG on Father’s Day (with no opener) in front of around 20,000 people, the largest such indoor gathering that has taken place in New York since the start of the pandemic.
Frontman Dave Grohl commented on the historic nature of the night during the show: “For the last year, I had this reoccurring dream that I would fuckin’ walk on stage and we would look at each other for the first time. And it would take a couple of minutes, where we just look at each other like, ‘Thank God we got here tonight.’ I fuckin’ walk out on stage tonight. It was just like that fuckin’ dream,” Grohl said in the middle of “Best of You.”
Rolling Stone writes that the crowd “was truly a sea of bodies, with the GA standing room section packed to the brim… the almost synchronized-looking jumping and arm-pumping was a sight to behold.”
The band is releasing a Bee Gees tribute for Record Store Day under the name the Dee Gees, and last night they performed their cover of “You Should Be Dancing” during the encore, which you can watch below.