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Flashback: Foo Fighters make Seattle club debut

Kevan Roberts remembers the quartet's legendary 1995 hometown show

Foo Fighters are now in their third decade as one of the world’s best and most popular live bands, regularly performing to thousands of fans at festivals and in stadiums and arenas worldwide. It’s a far cry from the group’s humble live beginnings with a pair of unannounced secret shows in their home region of the Pacific Northwest 20 years ago.

Though they’d played low-key sets at a private party in Seattle and an impromptu support slot in Arcata, California, in February, the Foo Fighters shows at Portland’s Satyricon on March 3,1995 and at Seattle’s Velvet Elvis the following evening represented the first real opportunities the public at large had to catch Dave Grohl’s much-talked-about-but-seldom-seen band in action. 

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