Friday Funnies and Foo Fighters!

11 Jul

I’ve gotten lazy about this Friday Funnies thing—I just head straight for the Pearls Before Swine.



I like this one because a) I get these discount pharmaceutical e-mails all the time and 2) what a great idea!  I’m sometimes one of those people who will call people when I’m pretty sure they won’t be home, so I can just leave a message on their answering machine and not actually have to talk to them.  I’m also one of those people who love to help out—I’m totally ready and willing—but really don’t mind when it turns out they don’t need me afterall.  You get the brownie points for offering without having to actually do anything—bonus.  If that knocks the pedestal you have me on (snort) down a notch or two, so be it.

OK, so Wednesday night was Foo and all I can say is AWESOME!  They rocked.  They rocked hard.  Dave Grohl is really entertaining—a regular comedian—and I thoroughly enjoyed myself despite the dropping of more than a few f-bombs.  He really knows how to work the crowd and you really believe that he’s having the time of his life up there.  It was great—the screams (dude, nobody can scream like Dave Grohl) and the head-banging (it almost seemed choreographed—it was like its own little show in itself)!

This wasn’t taken at our concert, but it’s exactly what he looked like—same outfit, hair and beard and same guitar.

They opened with a couple off their latest album, Let It Die and Pretender.  And then somewhere in there was Cheer Up Boys, Times Like These, Learn to Fly (this video’s hilarious, BTW), Long Road to Ruin ( so is this one) and Stacked Actors.  The drummer, Taylor Hawkins, had an awesome drum solo midshow that seemed to go on forever, but in a good way.  He killed it.

Following that, their acoustic came down from the ceiling and landed right in front of where we were sitting!  Well, maybe not right in front, but we were only 23 rows back!  It was awesome—I could actually see their facial expressions without the help of the big screens!  Dave Grohl said, “And you guys thought you had the [crappy] seats.”  Then, pointing to the front rows near center stage, “You know who has the [crappy] seats now?”

For their acoustic set they started off with Skin and Bones and Marigold, then did an incredible version of My Hero, one of my personal favorites.  He encouraged the audience to sing along and it was just all very cool. 

He introduced all of the band members on the acoustic stage, including their “triangle player”.  He said, “We didn’t start winning grammys and crap ’til we added the triangle player.  Coincidence?  I don’t think so.  So if you wanna start a band and play big venues, get yourself a triangle player.” 

They also did But Honestly off the new album, and then the band returned to center stage while Dave Grohl did Everlong solo.  Awesome.  Then he ran back to the main stage where they did a totally rocking reprise of Everlong before ending with an extended version Monkey Wrench.

At that point, they had played two hours.  But of course they weren’t done.  With the audience chanting for more, the big screens showed Dave Grohl backstage pointing at the set list we had just heard with the bottom portion covered in black tape.  He teasingly started to peel it back then covered it back up.  He stood there drinking then held up a finger to say, “One more?”  The audience went crazy.  Then he held up two fingers.  More screaming.  Then three.  Then Taylor Hawkins comes in the picture and shakes his head and holds up four fingers.  They come out on stage and Dave Grohl says, “You guys are so greedy.  You’re like the houseguests who are supposed to be there for like two days and then end up staying five and then I have to clean up after you.  We’re gonna play five more songs.”

The encore started with Big Me (great mentos parody), which I think was their first hit, and ended with Best of You.  When all was said and done, they played for 2 1/2 hours.   Grohl had said at the beginning of the show, “We didn’t come here to play no BS 1 hour 30 minute show.  We didn’t come here to play no BS 1 hour 45 minute show.  We’re going to play until they tell us to stop.”  It was great.

Dude, there’s some great linkage here—I’m determined to make you all Foo Fans.


9 Responses to “Friday Funnies and Foo Fighters!”

  1. Jumbo Shrimp July 11, 2008 at 12:36 pm #

    Sounds like an awesome concert!

  2. cheryl July 11, 2008 at 1:11 pm #

    Did you scream like a little girl?

    Yeah, you totally screamed.

    And now I’m going to listen to every link you left, so you can convert me into a Foo Fan.

    P.S. I’m like that too, you know –calling and hoping nobody is home. 😉

  3. Mother of the Wild Boys July 11, 2008 at 3:42 pm #

    OK, so I’ve only listened to a few so far…darn kids want me to fix dinner! But here’s my rundown:

    Let it Die- Oh I loved it! How does he scream in tune?

    Pretender- The fast pace was amazing, and my boys started laughing when I started head-banging…the video was dang awesome too.

    Cheer Up- I love his softer voice in this one. I wish they’d make this song on Rockband, because the steady beat might be something that I could do on the drums (you know, if they simplified it a lot) 😉

    Times- The videos just keep getting better. I think I’m developing a crush on the drummer, and who doesn’t have a crush on Dave?

    Learning the Fly- With my past as a flight attendant, this video had me cracking up! It’s so hilarious that the band members each played so many characters. Of course, the song is so amazing…but my crush is overwhelming me, I really like Dave’s short hair.

    Long Road- This video Rocketh! I’m loving the mustache, I’m drooling over the drummer and his awesome sideburns. I have heard this song on the radio before…LOVE IT!

    PS- sometimes I’m quite flabbergasted when people actually answer the phone, and I end up talking all in one sentence, like I would on a message. Have you ever wanted to just hang up and call back when they’re not home? Oh…did I say that out loud? 😆

  4. Susan M July 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm #

    Yay! That sounds like such a great show. That’s what an arena show should be like, for sure. How weird that Daniel used to know one of those guys. Actually, his boss is friends with the band, too. I get the impression they’re all pretty laid back.

  5. madhousewife July 11, 2008 at 7:03 pm #

    I feel totally lame for not ALREADY being a Foo Fan.

  6. Kendra July 11, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    I really enjoyed this post, thank you! I will be seeing the show July 23rd!!!!!
    I wonder which would be the better seats, Main or acoustic stage.

  7. bythelbs July 11, 2008 at 9:05 pm #

    Jumbo—It was. It so was.

    cheryl—I certainly did not scream like a little girl. I did a very womanly woo-hoo.

    mother (that makes me feel like Ripley and now I’ll be having nightmares about giving birth to aliens through my abdominal wall)—I love that you watched the linkage and I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I do. I like the short hair to on Dave, but it’s not as good for the head-banging.

    Susan—You and your husband know everyone somehow. It was very, very awesome, and they did seem laid back.

    mad—What, not a Foo Fan yet? The videos alone should be enough to convert you.

    Kendra—You’re probably just a one stop wonder, but thanks for the comment. I think either seats would be awesome. And Dave Grohl spent a lot of time down the catwalk from the main stage. He paid attention to every side of the arena—it’s obvious he knows what it’s like to be a fan and treats his own well.

  8. Alison Wonderland July 12, 2008 at 3:02 am #

    I’m not commenting until I have time to follow the links so I’ll get back to you in a year or two.

  9. Charles July 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    Hey, awesome job on this Foo Fighters post bythelbs!
    It felt like I relived the concert all over again… I can feel the goosebumps coming again during the acoustics performance.

    If I can ever figure out a way to get the vids off my cellphone you will have to share… but I am sure it won’t do any justice to being there (you just had to be there….sorry!).

    “There goes my hero
    Watch him as he goes
    There goes my hero
    He’s ordinary”

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