Tag Archives: Dave Grohl

Fooey Your Heart Out…

“And I wonder
When I sing along with you
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again

The only thing I’ll ever ask of you
You’ve got to promise not to stop when I say when
She sang”

Everlong – Foo Fighters

As nearly 20,000 people belted out this Foo Fighters classic, the sound was awesome. The stadium sang in unison and shivers traveled up my spine.

There was Dave Grohl. The legend. The hero. Guitar in hand, in the middle of the arena. Everyone was eating out of the palm of his hand. He was standing on a stage that appeared from nowhere. One second he was strolling down to runway that was built into the floor of Acer Arena, and next there was a stage being lowered from a concealed circle in the ceiling. Full drum-kit, piano and chairs included.

The whole band (plus extra guest Fooeys) were there to play some of the softer numbers that have appeared on the Fooeys recent albums. As they stood in the middle of the arena, a long way from the front of the main stage that I was at, he announced, “We’re not even half way!”

So it was that the Foo Fighters produced 2 and a half hours of pure rock perfection.

It was my 3rd Fooeys gig. The first was at the same arena 3 years earlier, then I saw their acoustic show in Washington DC, both of which rank up there as some of my favourite gigs, but Friday night they were pumping and the show had everything.

Dave is a performer and a showman. Some might say he’s a smart-arse, but he comes from the same school of entertaining as Jack Black. He’s crude, witty and self-depreciating. Best of all, he makes you laugh right before kicking into a kick-arse song or a mean guitar solo.

During the acoustic part of the show, Dave told the story of the Beaconsfield Miners and how he was stoked to find out they requested Foo Fighters when they were trapped. He did go on to mention that he had some beers with one of them (the only one that actually liked the Foo Fighters) and got totally plastered with him.

Unique (and very talented) female guitarist Kaki King was there as a support act, and she joined Dave on stage for a rendition of the instrumental ‘Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners‘ that Dave promised he would include on the record. Like said, “A promise is a promise..”

“All my life I’ve been searching for something
Something never comes never leads to nothing
Nothing satisfies but I’m getting close
Closer to the prize at the end of the rope

All night long I dream of the day
When it comes around then it’s taken away
Leaves me with the feeling that I feel the most
The feeling comes to life when I see your ghost”

All My Life – Foo Fighters

They did a bit of a skit on camera after the final number before their encore. They were trying to make the crowd cheer for more songs. Dave would hold up one finger, then 2, then 3 to try and get the crowd into a frenzy for them to come back. Taylor (the drummer) then blew through his fingers raising them up to 4.  They then came back out and played 5 more songs, finishing the night with ‘Best of You’.

Ultimately they really only played their big hits all night, but a couple of surprises, like ‘Marigold’ in the acoustic set and ‘Weenie Beenie’ and ‘Watershed’ were good additions to the set.

I think Dave was having a good time. He let out some ripper burps as he ‘chugged’ (aka sculled) a couple of beers on stage. There was much fanfare during songs, with extended solos and false endings. ‘This is a Call‘ went for about 10 minutes, which is impressive for a 4 minute song.

Overall. Fantastic night. I think I’ve satisfied my rock urge until the Sebastian Bach concert at the ANU bar at the end of the month!

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If I Was Still in DC…

..I would be going to this years Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore

The first V Festival started when I was there in 2006, but this years lineup is freaking AWESOME.

How about this for a festival. (my faves in red!)

Saturday, August 9
FOO FIGHTERSJACK JOHNSONTHE OFFSPRING • WILCO • Paramore • The Swell Season • KT Tunstall • Citizen Cope • Rodrigo y Gabriela • Lupe FiascoSharon Jones and the Dap-KingsBloc PartyChuck Berry and the Silver Beats • Duffy • Gogol Bordello • Cat Power
Dance Tent: UNDERWORLD • FERRY CORSTEN • Soulwax • DJ Dan and Donald Glaude • Erol Alkan • Steve Lawler

Sunday, August 10
KANYE WEST • NINE INCH NAILSSTONE TEMPLE PILOTS • BOB DYLAN • Iggy and the Stooges • Lil Wayne • Taking Back Sunday • The Black Keys • She & Him • Shudder to Think • The Go! TeamBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club • Andrew Bird
Dance Tent: ARMIN VAN BUURENMOBY (DJ Set)Rabbit in the Moon • Richie Hawtin • Deadmau5PendulumChromeo

I WISH I was there! Stone Temple Pilots are BACK, and on the same lineup as NIN, Fooeys and Offspring. Sweeeeeet.

I have been subscribed to gig lists in DC and getting jealous about shows all the time. I miss having top international ats playing in the town I’m living in….

I guess I’ll just have to settle for the Foo Fighters tomorrow night! 🙂

Woooo Dave Grohl rocks my world. Can anyone get me back stage?


Leap Day!

It only happens once every four years.

But so does the Olympics, the Soccer World Cup and cleaning out my ears.

It’s also a bloody freezing day here. (7 degrees overnight)

That’s the problem with Canberra. As soon as she gets a whiff that Summer is over, the frosts roll in.

Hopefully this is a one off for now though as next week looks ok:

Monday   : Fine, sunny.             Min: 9    Max: 26

Tuesday  : Fine, mostly sunny.      Min: 11    Max: 27

Wednesday: Fine, mostly sunny.      Min: 11    Max: 26

Thursday : Fine, mostly sunny.      Min: 11    Max: 26

It’s also a 1 in 4 years chance to see The Drop Bears live at the Holy Grail in Kingston on Leap Day!

We’ve been jamming a few new songs, so it should go off tonight.

I am convinced that while I am singing ‘Long Road To Ruin’ I am channeling Dave Grohl.

I WISH!

Oooh….only 2 months till I see him and the Fooeys live again…

Score!

So…any girls proposing to their guys today?

Ha…although LaLa made a good point. She thinks that you’d miss out on a ring if the woman proposes.

Apparently if a guy declines a proposal on Leap Day, they must pay a FINE. “(Back in the 1200s the fine ranged from a kiss, to 1 pound, to a silk dress. Most gents are probably wishing it would work the other way around too!)”

How’s that for pressure??

Personally, I don’t think it should always be left to the male to propose anyway. I mean, why should a guy be left with such a big decision?

Mind you, if the woman nags hints enough, then I guess it’s not really the guys decision anyway…

🙂


Fooey till I Die.

I have mentioned my love for the Fooey’s many times before on this blog.

My man love for Dave Grohl knows no bounds and I think if I was half the musician and all round nice guy he was I’d be happy.

So I am especially aroused when I see they are coming back again next May.

Pre-Sale on sale tomorrow! (warning. You’ll hear ‘The Pretender’ through your speakers when you click)

I’m definitely getting tickets. (only $101.55!) Let me know if you’re interested!

And to make you smile, here’s their latest video for Long Road to Ruin. Another classic Foo Fighters clip.

Click here to watch it.