Foo Fighters’ performance at the Celebrating America inauguration event has sparked an emotional reaction after it was dedicated to America’s teachers.
The United States of America has a new president in Joe Biden whose long-awaited inauguration was held on January 20th, 2021.
A Celebrating America event was held on Wednesday evening which brought together a host of musical talent to mark the momentous occasion.
One of the most notable performances of the evening came from Dave Grohl and the rock band Foo Fighters whose rendition of Times Like These has prompted a hugely emotive response on social media.
Celebrating America inauguration event
In ordinary times, the inauguration of a new president would be marked by an inaugural ball, bringing together hundreds of dignitaries to welcome in the new president,
Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, that wasn’t possible and so the Celebrating America event was organised instead.
Hosted by Tom Hanks, the event brought together a host of musical talent and also paid tribute to those who have kept America running during the tumultuous past 12 months, from nurses and teachers to delivery drivers and civil activists.
WATCH: Foo Fighters’ inauguration performance
In a special tribute to school teachers across the United States, Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters performed an emotive rendition of their 2003 song Times Like These.
The performance was introduced by Mackenzie Adams, an elementary school teacher from Seattle, Washington who had gone viral for the creative ways she had helped teach children during the pandemic.
Before playing, Dave Grohl prefaced the song with a tribute to all educators across the United States, in particular his own mother – a teacher of 35 years – and even Dr Jill Biden, the new First Lady of the United States.
Social media reacts
It’s safe to say that Foo Fighters’ performance has impressed viewers with many taking to social media to offer up their thoughts.
One Twitter user wrote: “This special performance to all teachers not only in America but also around the world was truly powerful, emotional & very appreciated Foo Fighters!”
While another added: “The lyrics are perfect for the occasion. Always my favourite Foo Fighters song gives me goosebumps. To teachers everywhere.”
This Twitter user joked: “Honestly proud of Biden for sitting through all of those performances including the foo fighters that must have been rough.”
And finally, this fan commented: “Thank you for celebrating teachers tonight. It’s been a tough year and hearing your song rejuvenated my soul. It gives me the energy and strength to push through and do what’s best for the kids.”
The Celebrating America event took place on the evening of January 20th following President Joe Biden’s inauguration.