Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Night three of my "Five Nights To Rock" (reduced from seven) was a lot of fun. The Foo Fighters were great. Dave Grohl has become a great frontman. This was the first time I saw them headline: I'd seen them open for Mike Watt (before the debut came out, most people didn't know that it was Dave Grohl's band), I saw them open for The Rolling Stones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and also at one of the Tibetan Freedom Concerts. 

Where a lot of Dave Grohl's peers (and his former bandmates, both from Scream and Nirvana) seemed to be put off by the arena rock thing, Dave has embraced it. I think he was partly influenced by drummer Taylor Hawkins (who was in Alanis Morissette's band before joining The Foo Fighters) and seems mainly influenced by classic rock radio. The dude has, like, not a bone of irony in him and he probably has more fun than most of the folks in the "alt-rock scene." I think he's helped Dave to embrace the popularity that he is fortunate enough to have. 

Anyway, great show. Most of the hits you'd expect (surprisingly, only "Big Me" from the first album, which I kind of think is the best, even though it is essentially a Dave solo record). They also did both songs from The Who tribute concert (Gaz Coombes from openers Supergrass again sang lead on "Bargain"). Great acoustic set on a mini-stage on the far side of the floor with an expanded band that included their former guitarist Pat Smear, Rami Jaffe from The Wallflowers, a percussionist (who played a triangle solo) and a violinist. It was the last night of the tour, but, like Pearl Jam, I think The Foo Fighters will be touring for a long time. 

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