Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear and Nate Mendel from Foo Fighters played “Under Pressure” with Queen’s Roger Taylor. The performance took place in the United States, during the show of the cover band Chevy Metal.
Foo Fighters performed using the pseudonym The Holy Shits, with a setlist of rarities. The show was a warm-up for the Cal-Jam festival, which the band will promote in October.
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“Under Pressure” is a 1981 song by Queen and David Bowie. It was included on Queen’s 1982 album Hot Space. The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Queen’s second number-one hit in their home country (after 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which topped the chart for nine weeks) and Bowie’s third (after 1980’s “Ashes to Ashes” and the 1975 reissue of “Space Oddity”).
The song only peaked at No. 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in January 1982, and would re-chart for one week at No. 45 in the US following Bowie’s death in January 2016. It was also number 31 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s. It has been voted the second best collaboration of all time in a poll by the Rolling Stone magazine.