The Foo Fighters Steal The Show At The Invictus Games Closing Bash
A star studded line-up were out on show with all guns blazing to bring the inaugural Invictus Games to a close.
The likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams, The Vamps, Rizzle Kicks, James Blunt, Diversity, the Military Wives Choirs and a headline act from the one and only Foo Fighters gave it their all to honour the wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women - who were the real stars of this event.
Prince Harry, the sometimes party animal, who was the driving force behind this event added some great energy on stage and some touching speeches has brought us an event that is obviously very close to his heart. The crowd clearly have a great affection for him as he does for this sell-out event which saw a crowd of 26,000 fill the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The acts were an unusual mixture of bands together in one event. Where else would you find Kaiser Chiefs on stage with the Military wives or such pop acts as Ellie Goulding on a bill with Foo Fighters? Although this may not have been a spread of acts you might expect to find together every one of them came out with fire in their hearts and made sure that there was something there for everyone.
The Foos might not be the perfect rock act for this event; unlike James Blunt who has close ties to the military being a former Captain in the Household Cavalry. "My Hero", which they dedicate to “all the heroes in the audience” made sure that they too honoured the servicemen and woman. But when you have one of the greatest rock acts of our time it’s clear that Harry made a great call getting them on the bill.
It could be thought of as a shame that we didn’t hear any new material from them on the night but when you have such an epic back catalogue there was no chance of disappointing the crowd! The whole band sounded as powerful as they always have done and for that the audience gave it back with high energy to finish the night.
This, the first Invictus Games from Harry, has started something special and we must thank all those involved along with the service men and women who made this event possible.
Written by Oscar Medley