After more than 20 years of touring, Foo Fighters are still continuing to be full of surprises. The band's 2015 has been filled with plenty of ups and downs - yet not even a broken leg has been able to stop frontman Dave Grohl from giving the fans what they want. From heartwarming sing-a-longs with fans onstage to "Rickrolling" protesters on the street, this year's Foo Fighters tour has been one for the ages, and there are still plenty of chances left in 2015 to catch the band in its prime.
A brief scare
While the Foo Fighters started off the summer touring in Europe, the group, particularly Grohl, endured what many thought would be a devastating blow. On June 12, at a concert in Gothenberg, Sweden, Grohl fell off the stage just two songs into the set, yelling into the microphone "I think I just broke my leg!" It turns out Grohl's initial diagnosis was correct, and the band had to cancel a handful of European concerts in the wake of the health scare.
Nonetheless, it didn't take long for Grohl and company to trudge on, broken leg or no. The band and crew assembled a throne for Grohl to perform on while he recovers from the injury, and essentially consists of a comfortable leather recliner that's raised on a mound of guitars with the Foo Fighters logo proudly hanging up behind him.
It's been more than two months since the broken leg, and there have been plenty of incredible live moments during the U.S. stretch of the band's current world tour. At a recent concert in Englewood, Colorado, Grohl noticed a fan crying in the front row as he began to play the crowdpleaser "My Hero." Grohl summoned the fan up on stage, asking him to sing-a-long with the lyrics in front of the sold out crowd. It turned out the fan's mother had recently passed away, prompting him to tear up during the dramatic song.
Another recent date in Kansas City showed more of the band's playful side. As dozens of Westboro Baptist Church protesters gathered outside the venue, all members of Foo Fighters drove by in a truck blaring the Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up," which is a reference to the famous Internet meme called "Rickrolling." Despite the occasional protests, broken legs and emotional serenades, the band still has dozens of stops left on its current tour, which is slated to end on November 19 in Spain.
When it comes to the legacy of Paul McCartney, there's not too much the famed Beatles member can do that would really add to his eminence in music. But at 73 years old, McCartney is definitely not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. In addition to the numerous collaborations with other artists he's partaken in this year, McCartney has kept busy playing a number of shows around the world, from selling out arenas to packing festival stages. It turns out McCartney isn't quite ready to call it a year yet, as the icon recently announced he's adding more U.S. tour dates in 2015.
Back for an encore
McCartney has added four more U.S. performances and one stop in Toronto to his "Out There" tour, giving fans one last chance to catch the legend live this year. The tour is slated to pick back up starting October 13 in Columbus, Ohio, with concerts also confirmed in State College, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Detroit and Buffalo. These stops in general seem to reflect McCartney's attempts to provide some more intimate shows for fans, and his gigs in State College and Buffalo will mark the first time McCartney has ever performed in those cities.
In an interview with Esquire, McCartney scoffed at the thought of retirement, confirming his commitment to music and the fans for as long as he lives.
"Sit at home and watch telly? That's what people do, man. Gardening, golf… no thanks," McCartney told Esquire earlier this year. "Occasionally, I do think, "You should have got fed up by now, you should be jaded." My manager, who I don't have any more, glad to say, suggested quite a long time ago that I retire at 50. He sort of said it's not a good look. I went, "Oh, God, he could be right." But then I still enjoy writing, I still enjoy singing. What am I gonna do? You see so many people who retire and then immediately expire."
McCartney clearly has no intentions of quitting music anytime in the near future, and his recent collaborations with other artists signal that he's not hesitant to try and deliver new material aimed at the younger generations. Earlier in 2015, McCartney worked alongside Kanye West and Rihanna, teaming up for the song "FourFiveSeconds," which peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts. He also headlined this year's Lollapalooza, where his set featured everything from Beatles classics to a surprise appearance from Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard. One thing's for sure: now is the time to catch McCartney live, as he hasn't made any recent statements regarding another tour in the future.
After spending a decade climbing up the ranks as one of the most powerful and successful hard rock bands in the 21st century, System of a Down eventually cooled things off, embarking on a five-year hiatus while the members pursued other projects. In 2010, the group reunited for a handful of tour dates, and has continued to sprinkle in shows year after year while dodging new album questions. However, 2015 has shed new light on both a full-on world tour and upcoming album for System of a Down, and it's all sparked due to a recent video game announcement.
Video games and more?
The latest installment in the Rock Band video game franchise will include a song by System of a Down. From the band's self titled debut album, "Spiders" will be one of the songs gamers can test their talents on, and Rock Band 4 is slated to be available for sale on October 6. Among some of the other notable hard rock acts included on the soundtrack will be Disturbed's "Prayer," Queens of the Stone Age's "My God Is the Sun," Ozzy Osbourne's "Miracle Man" and Judas Preist's "Halls of Valhalla."
The inclusion of System of a Down in the video game may not be hinting at anything at all, but it could be a sign that there is more to come from the hard rockers amid a whirlwind of tour and album rumors. System of a Down currently has a handful of shows across the world for what the group is calling the "Wake Up the Souls Tour," which was spawned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, as every member of System of a Down is of Armenian descent.
As for a new album, the band has continued to provide one subtle hint after the other suggesting they might release some material further down the road. In an interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer Serj Tankian addressed the issue, elaborating that while nothing is certain, something could come to fruition after their current tour.
"There has been talk, and we are going to play this tour, come back and we're going to see where we are," Tankian told Rolling Stone in regards to the band releasing a new album. "If we have songs that work for System, if I have them and Daron [Malakian, guitar] has them. The openness is there to work together, but we haven't made any particular plans that we can announce."