Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
(Courtesy of PBS)
When the Foo Fighters have been provided the chance to carry out at one of many oldest theaters on the earth, they didn’t badume twice to say sure — and so they made positive to have a beloved comrade be part of them for the trip.
Back in July, the rock band headed to Greece the place they held a live performance on the Odeon of Herodes Atticus from the Acropolis in Athens, a uncommon rock efficiency for the traditional landmark. While the precise date of the Odeon’s building is unknown, it’s believed to have been constructed across the second century AD for live shows.
To chronicle the historic second, the Foo Fighters have been filmed by PBS for “LANDMARKS Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special,” which will premiere nationwide for the primary time Friday. The episode is hosted by their buddy Chad Smith, drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The 56-year-old couldn’t maintain again his pleasure all through filming.
“It’s all an act, I’m an actor,” joked Smith to Fox News. “No, I really should say that it was not all an act, it was fairly superb to go to a spot [like this]. I imply, I’ve been to Greece as soon as, however I’ve by no means had the chance… [to] go stroll round and have individuals take me round and present me all these cool issues — the Parthenon, the sundown — it was unbelievable.
“I’ve to say we had simply a good time usually. The individuals have been so pleasant and pleased to have us there after which in fact, these guys enjoying this iconic venue, 2,500 years outdated, no rock band has ever performed there… This one was actually, actually particular.”
There was one other perk of heading to Greece — the possibility to spend extra time with family members. While each the Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers are sometimes on the highway touring, they made positive to deliver their households alongside for the highly-publicized efficiency.
Smith is a father of 4, whereas Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has two kids.
“Well obviously with the advent of FaceTime, you can see your kids every day,” defined Hawkins. “Also we seem to like, sort of plan…[a] family holiday around one of the tours, usually something where the wives want to go of course, and this… all of our kids were in Greece at this juncture because it was the perfect place to have a little bit of a vacation.”
The 45-year-old insisted the lifetime of a rock star, particularly for a dad or mum, is way from glamorous.
“Everyone thinks such as you have to be at… fancy wine and cheese events each night time after each gig and you reside some loopy life or one thing,” said Hawkins. “And actually, when you get out of your twenties and also you cease performing like a idiot, it simply turns into your job… Forties for Chad, thirties for me.
“You simply study to type of combine the 2 collectively and it’s not all the time straightforward. You don’t all the time need to go away, and also you do really feel lonely whenever you’re not with your loved ones and youngsters generally, however you realize it’s how you purchase mansions. Otherwise, if me and Chad weren’t in rock bands… We’d be delivering you a pizza proper now.”
Smith additionally acquired some parenting recommendation from a fellow rocker — however he selected to toss the rulebook apart.
“Sammy Hagar told me once, ‘You never bring your children out until at least they’re out of their diapers’… But I didn’t do that,” he defined. “It’s not all glamorous and exciting and sometimes it’s work and travel and you miss your family… but I got to say, [I] can’t really complain. If you’re going to complain… Taylor is going to slap me across the head because we got the best jobs in the world.”
Hawkins additionally shared that dwelling the rock star life, even when it means leaving your loved ones behind to carry out for 1000’s of strangers throughout the globe on a back-to-back schedule, is like successful the lottery.
“… Not everyone gets to do this,” he stated. “There’s plenty of great musicians out there and would love to be doing this and just didn’t find the right place at the right time and the right people, and me and Chad did.”
And even with their fame, the Foo Fighters get pleasure from giving followers the uncommon likelihood to affix the band for a quick second.
“Foo Fighters tend to bring fans on stage to play songs with them,” stated Hawkins. “It must be weird for them. I could never have imagined being like 16 years old and having like Rob Halford say, ‘Get up here and play ‘Living After Midnight’ with us. I would have been stoked.”
“LANDMARKS Live in Concert: Foo Fighters” premieres Friday, November 10th on PBS.