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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?


Rocking Dotpoints.

  • V Day does RAWK! My girl knows what I like 🙂
  • Speaking of RAWKing, she will HERE in like 2 1/2 hrs. Sweet!
  • And while we’re talking about ROCKing, LaLa and I will be at the Mawson Club when The Drop Bears have another gig there on Saturday Night. Come on down!
  • I just remembered today that Canberra Day is on in like 3 weeks. (March 10) Score! We have three 4 days week in March!
  • Obama is looking good in the US Primaries, but why does Ohio and Texas love Hillary?
  • I saw the Screaming Jets last night. Chatted with Dave Gleeson and rocked hard at the Green Room. They still go hard after 18 years! (legal now!)
  • What do I do about Housemates that don’t washup? (well, they might read this and that would help I guess!)
  • Why am I so obsessed with getting on air on Triple J? I have been on air 3 times this last week. I am such a radio whore!
  • Can someone please tell me why it costs $130 to see Matchbox 20 but only $100 to see The Foo Fighters. Isn’t there something wrong with that picture? (not that I complaining! I have my Fooeys tickets :))
  • Why is it that I now get about 300 hits a day on my blog, when I used to only get 50 or 60? My stats are going stupid. (not that I am compaining!)

The End.

Have a great weekend everyone! (anyone?)


My Top 5 Albums of 2007

I did it in 2004.

I did it in 2005.

What happened to 2006? I was so slack.

Not to worry. It’s time for Micks’ Top 5 Albums of 2007!

I have relished being back in the country and listening to all of the new stuff that has come out this year.

So many good song, artists and albums, proven by the list of nominations for the J Award post.

But there can be only 5, so with no further ado and in no particular order, here are Mick’s Top 5 Albums of 2007:

Love & Paranoia Regurgitator – Love & Paranoia
I am unable to hide my love for this band. Any new album they release become an instant favourite and this one was no different. They push the boundaries, they make it fun and they make you dance like no other. The inclusion of a female voice (and keyboardist) on this album gave it that something extra that made it even more refreshing to see The Gurge kicking on in 2007

Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
It’s rare for a band to produce hit after hit after hit, but the Fooeys can do just that. I seriously can not think of one Foo Fighters song that I dislike. This album seriously blows any other Rock album out of the water. ‘The Pretender’ is easily one of my songs of the year and the texture of the album works from start to finish. Can’t wait to see them perform this live in May and already can’t wait for their next release.

Dystopia Midnight Juggernauts – Dystopia
The ‘Juggers’ have taken Australia by storm and soon, the world. I like to call it ‘Cosmic Dance’. They have a great feel to their music as it is melodic, rhythmic but also able to put you in a trance. I forget that they are Australian sometimes because it sounds like something you’d hear from The Chemical Brothers or Mody. They are ours and deserve all the international accolades they get.

Myths of the Near FutureKlaxons – Myths of the Near Future
When Triple J started playing Golden Skans earlier this year I thought, “Who the Hell are Klaxons?”. I’m sure lots of others thought the same thing. They have produced this cracker of a little album, that not only scored them the coveted Mercury Music Prize in the UK, but also a sell out tour of Australia, (plus a broken leg for the lead singer). Here’s hoping they manage to follow-up this album with something equally as fun, but I can tell you first hand they are a talented bunch when they put themselves to it and well worth listening to.

Memories & DustJosh Pyke – Memories & Dust
It started with the cute, almost novelty like, ‘Middle of the Hill’ in 2006, but Josh Pyke is so much more than a novelty. This album is tender, exquisite, full of love and fun. It has easily had the most plays in my iTunes out of any album in 2007. That doesn’t mean it’s necessarily my favourite, but it means that I have been in the mood to listen to Josh more than any other band in this list. Why? Because he speaks to me and in the end that is one of the biggest talents a singer/songwriter can have.

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There we have it. It was a bloody hard choice, but these 5 definitely stand out for me this year. I thought about doing 10 this year. I have included The Editors, Kaiser Chiefs, John Butler Trio and The Shins. There were so many good albums!

What are yours?


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.