It’s the stuff music fans daydream about. You run into your favorite musician, you say hello and maybe get a photo to remember the moment. It’s a nice daydream but why not set the bar higher ? Go ahead and dream about having your favorite band show up at your neighborhood pizza parlor and play a 23 song set of hits right in front of you and 199 lucky people who happened to end up in the middle of a surprise show!
Dream big because that is exactly what happened on Monday night, December 9, 2013 at Rock & Roll Pizza in Moorpark, California. People were there for what they thought was the Chevy Metal Christmas Party. Chevy Metal being Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins’ 70’s metal cover band that occasionally plays at Rock & Roll Pizza when he’s in town and wants to have a good time with his friends.
Seeing Taylor Hawkins walk through the door was expected but when Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Dave Grohl joined him, took the stage , and tore through 23 songs inches away from the fans the level of excitement must have been matched only by the level of jealousy from those of us who weren’t so fortunate to be there. To see a band the caliber of Foo Fighters in a small venue where the instruments don’t even need to be mic’d up . . . that is a beautiful thing!
Lucky for me and for you, photographer Michael Eivaz was there with his camera and he captured some incredible moments of Foo Fighters history in video and photographs so the rest of us can have a taste of what it was like to be there!
Foo Fighters haven’t had a major concert performance since September, 2012. Following the Rock and Roll Pizza warmup, they are also performing two concerts this week in Mexico.
Foo Fighters performing Learn to Fly, White Limo & Arlandria – Surprise Show at Rock & Roll Pizza, December 9, 2013 | ©Michael Eivaz
Photographer, Michael Eivaz, has prints of his photos from this night for sale. Just register at his website (link below) with your name and email to view his complete collection and contact him for pricing for the photo you want to purchase.
Foo Fighters performing All My Life – Surprise Show at Rock & Roll Pizza, December 9, 2013 | ©Michael Eivaz
Foo Fighters performing Everlong (show finale) – Surprise Show at Rock & Roll Pizza, December 9, 2013 | ©Michael Eivaz
Rock & Roll Pizza Surprise Show Set List:
All My Life
Learn to Fly
Cold Day in the Sun
Long Road to Ruin
Hey, Johnny Park!
This Is a Call
Times Like These
Best of You