Foo Fighters, Lord Huron Rock Big Sky at Wildlands Festival

Dave Grohl grants ‘M.V.P. status’ to dedicated fans for sticking out a long rain delay—Foo Fighters play until midnight

In a historic rock and roll concert for southwest Montana, Foo Fighters capped off the three-day Wildlands Festival in Big Sky on Sunday night.

More than two years in the making, that main act was no sure thing until 9:54 p.m.

Added for dramatic effect, a thunderstorm and rain delay left fans waiting until the moment legendary frontman Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters walked onstage.

“You didn’t think this was gonna happen, did you? You didn’t think this [thing] was gonna happen,” Grohl shouted before the first song as he warmed up his guitar fingers to a screaming audience. “Oh, it’s happening now.”

Foo Fighters played a full two-hour set, hit after greatest hit with a few deeper cuts, finishing just before midnight and wrapping up a festival weekend which raised over $513,000 for conservation groups American Rivers and Gallatin River Task Force—money to help pass the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act which would protect about 380 miles across 20 rivers in Montana.

“So, many of you remember that there was an ethos behind this great night, which was to raise money for American Rivers and the Gallatin River Task Force,” Eric Ladd, CEO and Chairman of Outlaw Partners, told the crowd before the headline act.

“Here’s the big check that you all helped contribute to,” Ladd said. “So every ticket—money went to it. Everyone who bought retail, merch, beers, paella… All the auction items.”