Foo Fighters are well known for their onstage antics, whether that be recreating past pratfalls, Rickrolling the audience, or inviting John friggin’ Travolta onstage. Lately, they’ve been covering David Bowie and Queen’s “Under Pressure” with guest vocals from random audience members, and at their September 8th show in Vancouver—their first after a brief postponement—a 16-year old girl named Madi Duncan took the stage alongside Foo Fighters superfan Roxanne Engli.
Madi was noticed by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins after they saw her holding a sign requesting a duet. Engli wasn’t initially invited, but her enthusiasm won over Hawkins, who proceeded to dance with her while also providing harmonies. Madi, meanwhile, didn’t disappoint; despite some mic issues, she delivered an energetic performance of the song and made a valiant effort at hitting those high notes. She wrote about her experience on Instagram (via Spin): “A lot of people are aware (or maybe not) of my struggles with mental illness and have been very supportive of me throughout it all, but something that you may not know is how much Foo Fighters helped my younger self during the worst time of my life.”
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OH. MY. GOD. I just got to sing with my absolute favourite band in the world. I'm only sixteen and I got to meet my heroes. I got to duet with Taylor Hawkins (even with me having a cold!) WOW!! I am extraordinarily grateful for this amazing opportunity. I had no clue that it was even gonna happen. I didn't think it was gonna happen. But it was a huge accomplishment for myself in a way that you might not expect. A lot of people are aware (or maybe not) of my struggles with mental illness and have been very supportive of me throughout it all, but something that you may not know is how much Foo Fighters helped my younger self during the worst time of my life. Essentially, I can sincerely say that without them I wouldn't be who I am today, in fact I wouldn't be here today. So getting to sing with the band that helped me save myself was such a dream come true, and I feel like it's a bit of closure to my dark past. So once again, thank you to these six extraordinary guys. I can't stop crying. Thank you Foo, I wouldn't be here if it weren't for you. (Also if anyone got any cool pics tag me!!) #foofighters #foofightersvancouver2018 #foofightersvancouver #davegrohl #taylorhawkins #queen #davidbowie #underpressure #freddiemercury #foo #rocknroll #music #band #rogersarena #dreamscometrue #stadium #foofightersfan #fanonstage #davegrohlfan #singer #musician #healing #chrisshiflett #natemendel #ramijaffee #patsmear #nirvana #grunge #kurtcobain #singer #vocals
Watch a clip below, and check out the remainder of their current leg here.