I fought the foos and the foos rocked…..me

Last night I went out and saw one of my all time favorite bands, The Foo Fighters. I’ve been so busy lately that the day snuck up on me and I hardly had time to get myself pumped up for the concert. I say that the Foos are one of my favorite bands but really in the past year or so I’ve forgotten this fact since I’ve hardly listened to them. I don’t have their new cd and with all the other great music I’ve been loading on my plate, sometimes awesome bands get pushed to the edge.

Last night made it all clear again why they rock. Dave Grohl is really an awesome performer, sweet songwriter and in my opinion has one of the best screams in rock n’ roll. Bundle all those things inside of a 2 hour and 20 minutes show and it makes for a great night.
Since the show was at the Rose Garden and we had actual seat tickets, Phil and I tried to time our entry into the place so that we would miss the opening bands. As if one isn’t enough there were two scheduled before the Foos were supposed to come on. We arrived about an hour and a half after the show started, found our seats but were unsure if they were between opening bands or if the main event was about to start. About 10 minutes later the lights went down, the crowd wailed and Dave Grohl came out on stage. Awesome. I don’t think I’ve ever timed a concert start that well.

The stage was to our right but they had built the stage so that a long runway extended directly out into the crowd that connected to this strange circular thing. Dave made use of the runway all throughout the show, running, jumping and skipping his way down and back. The band came out guitars blazing and for nearly 30 minutes played song after song before they stopped to actually talk to the crowd. Even though I’m all about the music, I don’t like it when a band plays a show and hardly ever acknowledges the crowd, there has to be some interaction since we’re the reason they are there. Crowd interaction is where Dave Grohl is king. He is a goofy, nerdy, funny guy that likes to play around and have fun with all his fans. I sensed some people behind us were annoyed when he’d get to talkin’ too much, but I figure it’s all part of the experience, sit back and enjoy it.

About an hour into the show the band disappeared and Dave walked out with a big black acoustic. He slowly walked down the runway strumming a chord, just taking his time. It wasn’t until Phil nudged me that I looked up and saw a huge circular stage slowly descending from the ceiling that would fit perfectly into the strange circular thing at the end of the runway. His band mates soon came out and followed him to the circular stage and they began their acoustic set. So cool. They effectively turned the sucky seats at the back of the arena into front row seats. It was a great idea.

They played on for another hour before leaving the stage and waiting for us, the crowd, to stomp and chant them back for more. Their first encore song ‘Big Me’ is close to my all time fav song. Dave played it very slow with just him, the guitar and one female backup singer. Loved it.

If you haven’t listened to much Foo Fighters, I implore you to do so. Some songs are screamy, some songs are softy, but most of them make for a rockin’ good timey. I had such a good time at the show, it was nice to get a mix of acoustic/electric and Dave Grohl’s humor and crowd massaging made it all that more entertaining. Definitely go see them live if you ever get the chance.

For a little taste of Dave’s cheesiness and to hear Big Me, click this link.

1 Comment »

  1. Aimzee said,

    July 13, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

    I am so envious!! That must have been such an awesome night! I hope everything is going good…I’m beginning to wonder if I scared you away *cough*cough*writeme*cough*

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