It is a rare, delightful privilege to know when you are making history.
Dave Grohl knew it as he strode onto the Madison Square Garden stage on Sunday night (June 20) and lifted his arms, summoning a nearly deafening roar from the full-capacity, fully vaccinated crowd, the first one to gather here since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
He knew it as he uttered the opening lyrics to “Times Like These,” whose chorus — “It’s times like these you learn to live again … It’s time like these you learn to love again” — became a balm in the wake of the past year. And he knew it as he stepped back from the microphone and appeared to fight back tears, before soldiering through the song with the rest of Foo Fighters.
The audience was patient, spurring Grohl on with their applause. They knew they were making history, too.