Thousands of Greek rock fans had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch superstars Foo Fighters performing live at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the foothill of the Athens Acropolis.
Foo Fighters debuted a track off their upcoming ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, which comes out this September. “Arrows,” a number that builds into a propulsive chorus and ends with a searing guitar solo, premiered at the ancient theater on Monday night.
The show was filmed for an episode of the PBS television docu-series Landmarks Live in Concert, which is hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
“I’ve always wanted to work with the Foo Fighters and do a show in Greece,” the series’ creator/director/exec producer Daniel E. Catullo said in the lead up to the gig.
“Having both wishes come true in the same episode is a huge moment for me. When I first came up with the idea for the series, this is exactly what I had in mind — a legendary band playing a legendary venue. We’ve had some incredible shows so far, but this one officially sets our standard at a new level.”
Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a revered ancient stone theater completed in 161 AD at the Acropolis slope. It was renovated in 1951 to hold esteemed performances. It seats about 5,000 people.
The theater usually hosts operas and classical works, but in recent years it has opened up to more popular music. Elton John, Frank Sinatra and Sting, as well as French electronic pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre have played there.