March 20, 2008, John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario, Canada
This Thursday I attended my first Foo Fighters concert, an event several years in the making. Skipping opening acts Hi-Fi Handgrenades and Against Me, I arrived about 15 minutes before the Foos started their set. I managed to get to a spot on the floor with a decent view for most of the night. The opening song was “Let it Die,” from the surprisingly solid Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace, and it set the tone for a night made up of hit singles. I was a little disappointed the band didn’t delve further into their catalogue, but that’s to be expected at this point in their career. They did however pull out Stacked Actors, Cold Day in the Sun and Nirvana rarity Marigold.
I challenge anyone to not be won over by Dave Grohl’s charisma. After running across the arena to the second stage to play a 5 song acoustic set, greeting the audience with “Now who has the shitty seats, fuckers?!” reminded me why I’m a fan. Not to mention finally hearing Everlong live. Though looking back at the setlist, the best song of the night was clearly Monkey Wrench, if only for the shouting of an arena prior to the final chorus. The Big Me Mentos story was also a hit, largely due to the spot-on Rivers Cuomo impersonation. Apparently Weezer covering the song during the Foo Fighters/Weezer tour from a few years back is the reason it’s back on the set list. It’s a pretty enjoyable cover. I walked away from the night with a handful of blurry photos, a t-shirt, and a smile on my face.
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