SOMERSET, United Kingdom — Florence and the Machine are garnering a lot of online praise after the band paid tribute to injured rocker Dave Grohl Friday night during a set in which they had replaced the Foo Fighters as Glastonbury’s headlining act.
Grohl broke his leg earlier this month after falling off the stage during a Foo Fighters concert in Sweden. According to Rolling Stone, Grohl’s injury “required surgery and the placement of six metal screws in his leg.” His band had to cancel several upcoming shows as a result.
In stepped Florence and the Machine at Glastonbury, an epic five-day music festival in England, and a video uploaded to YouTube Friday with already more than 100,000 views shows the band covering Foo Fighters hit, “Times Like These.”
“We would like to dedicate this song to the legend and all-around incredible human being Dave Grohl,” said lead singer Florence Welch before the performance. “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.”
Added Welch, “This song’s for you, Dave.”
The band then went into a roughly four- and a half-minute acoustic performance of the hit, which is drawing a lot of praise online.
“I was a little worried about her covering such an iconic song but it worked, and very well too!” wrote on YouTube commenter.
“She ruled the kingdom of the worlds’ hearts tonight,” wrote another.
USA Today’s “For the Win” blog dubbed the performance “incredible.”
According to BBC News, Welch performed an “energetic” set Friday not long after an injury of her own: she had suffered a broken foot back in April.
The performance was not Florence and the Machine’s first go-around with a well-received cover of an iconic rock song at Glastonbury. In 2010’s festival, the band paid tribute to Fleetwood Mac with a cover of that band’s legendary hit “The Chain.”