Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, Arcade Fire, Alt-J and Arctic Monkeys are among the 12 finalists in a new Best Live Act poll begin conducted by the Nordoff Robbins Foundation in the U.K.
They're are up against Bruno Mars, Disclosure, Dolly Parton, Ed Sheeran, Kate Bush, Pharrell, Prince, Rudimental, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift in the competition, with the prize due to be presented at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch on July 3. Iron Maiden will be receiving an Icon Award during the event.
The Best Live Act prize is the only Nordoff Robbins award voted on by the general public; voting is being conducted at the Nordoff Robbins web site through June 1.
Foos frontman Dave Grohl tells us that a quality live show is paramount to the band:
"The shows are two and a half, three hours, three hours and 15 minutes long, and you just pick people up and you hold them there for a while and you let them down and they go home. The idea is that you do this so they'll come back again, and evidently it worked. So, yeah, to have shows where you get to connect with an enormous audience and turn it into a beautiful moment, that's what I like to do."
The Foos return to the road on May 25 in the U.K. and kick off a North American tour on July 4 in Washington, D.C.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.