Foo Fighters, Maverik Center, West Valley City Utah 10/11/2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Foo Fighters - Wasting Light Tour

We play a game around the house. Whenever we hear a Foo's song we jokingly ask “Is that about Kurt?”. Dave Grohl's post Nirvana life has been filled with that question, as if the Foo Fighters are some sort of reflection of those long ago days. Too many people still think of Dave Grohl as the guy who was the drummer of Nirvana, rather than the front man and founder of Foo Fighters.
There were no shortage of Nirvana tees at Tuesday nights concert, but those fans living in the past do Dave and the rest of the band a disservice. The Foo Fighters put on a show that was pure arena rock bombast, reminding me of the many concerts I attended in the seventies and eighties. Dave Grohl was a member of Nirvana, but he is clearly meant to be the front man of the Foo Fighters.

The night started out with The Bronx's alter ego Mariachi El Bronx playing a spirited but short set of mariachi music, which I enjoyed quite a bit. Check out this live performance of 48 Roses to get a feel for what I am talking about:
Cage The Elephant were next up. Their drummer, Jared Champion, had been hospitalized for a ruptured appendix that day, so a roadie stepped in to fill his shoes. Until Dave Grohl himself stepped in to play the drums on the last five songs of their set, bringing the crowd to their feet. Cage The Elephant played a good set, though I think the vocals were a little under mixed (which was a problem for the Foo's too). Seeing Dave play the drums was a joy and he would later talk about how much fun he had, even if it was under difficult circumstances for the Cage The Elephant guys.

The Foo Fighters hit the stage at a little after nine, opening their set with “Bridges Burning” and proceeded to play two and a half hours. Dave was all over the stage, playing to the audience with pure arena rock bombast. There was even a separate riser in the middle of the arena for Mr. Grohl to play to everyone, even the people in the back row.

The set was a high octane, hard rock spectacle, including a lot of songs off of “Wasting Light”. As an aside, “White Limo” is even cooler when performed by the band live. They also took time to let Taylor Hawkins sing “Cold Day In The Sun” and Pink Floyd's “In The Flesh”.
Dave came out to the middle riser at the start of the encore to play three songs acoustically which included “Best Of You” and “Times Like These”. The band then finished up three more rockers, including a cover of Tom Petty's “Breakdown”.
Foo Fighters want to give their fans a show. With a catalog going back sixteen years, they have taken the Springsteen approach, they want to play until the crowd is worn out. After a twenty four songs, I know I left worn out but happy. It's nice to see that even in the 21st century a band still know hows to rock a crowd.
Setlist after the jump
In The Flesh - Foo Fighters with Roger Waters on Jimmy Kimmel

Set List:
  • Bridges Burning
  • Rope
  • The Pretender
  • My Hero
  • Learn to Fly
  • White Limo
  • Arlandia
  • Breakout
  • Cold Day in the Sun
  • Stacked Actors
  • Walk
  • Monkey Wrench
  • Let It Die
  • These Days
  • Skin and Bones
  • This Is a Call
  • In the Flesh?
  • All My Life
  • Long Road to Ruin
  • Best of You
  • Times Like These
  • Dear Rosemary
  • Breakdown
  • Everlong


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