Florence and the Machine were promoted to Glastonbury’s Friday night headliner after Foo Fighters were forced to cancel on their performance, but the spirit of Dave Grohl’s outfit was still felt at the iconic British fest. During Florence and the Machine’s set, Florence Welch paid tribute to Grohl by delivering a riveting rendition of Foo Fighters’ One By One favorite “Times Like These,” NME reports.
“We would like to dedicate this song to the legend and all-around incredible human being Dave Grohl,” Welch told the crowd before “Times Like These.” “He was so incredibly kind and supportive to us when we were first starting out and we were so sad to hear that he broke his leg because we love him so much. And Dave, if you are listening, we love you, we all love you, and we hope through the Glastonbury ley lines this gets to you and you feel better, we’re sending you so much love. This song’s for you, Dave.”
Foo Fighters dropped out of Glastonbury after Grohl suffered a severe leg injury during a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, with the rocker “dislocating my ankle and snapping my fibula like an old pair of take out chopsticks,” as Grohl wrote in an open letter to fans. The injury required surgery and the placement of six metal screws in his leg. (“Thinking about a lifetime of holding up TSA lines from here to Kalamazoo,” Grohl joked.)
However, the biggest repercussion from Grohl’s injury was the canceled Glastonbury headlining slot. “My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while,” Grohl wrote. “The most important thing now is for me to recover from the surgery, to keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection/complication that could do long term damage. I’m not out of the woods yet, folks… Which means, and it kills me to say it… the doctors have told us to cancel shows.”
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Florence and the Machine paying homage to Foo Fighters was similar to the situation that happened at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Festival, where the Killers covered Kings of Leon after that group’s headlining set at the fest the previous night was called off due to severe weather.