Monday 27 February 2017

Foo Fighters and Hozier are kings of Slane Castle

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl at Slane Castle in Co Meath
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl at Slane Castle in Co Meath

Ireland's rock and roll doyen, Lord Henry Mountcharles, has declared that this year's successful Slane concert was one of the "best ever".

Dave Grohl energetically led the Foo Fighters on stage in the pouring rain on Saturday night, and 64-year-old Lord Mountcharles said he was in the thick of the action as he watched the rockers from the pit, in front of the 70,000 fans that packed into the natural amphitheatre on the banks of the Boyne.

"I don't think it is an exaggeration to say it was one of the best Slanes ever. I am happy but exhausted," he said.

The Foo Fighters were the headline and covered a number of hits from other artists, including Thin Lizzy's 'Jailbreak', a tribute to the first band to play Slane in 1981.

Grohl (46), who hit fame with Nirvana, also recalled a holiday he spent here several years ago with his sister Lisa and mother Virginia, who has Irish roots.

"It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my entire life … you have yourselves a very beautiful country here."

Hozier almost stole the show as he led a strong Irish support contingent. Cavan teens The Strypes opened the show.

Irish Independent

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