I not a big fan of modern rock. To be clear, with incredible innovations happening in other genres soul, latin, hip hop, etc. I rarely listen to rock. It become just too plain for my tastes, like repetitively eating white bread for hours. So, when I do, I prefer to listen to bands like the Foo Fighters. Ex Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl pet project, going on 17 years now, is flirting with a status between wizened and legendary. That was evident as the band destroyed Power Balance Pavilion last night in a nearly three hour set that ended ticks before midnight.
First, a word to fans at PBP: Even if you waited eight years to see the Foo Fighters return to Sacramento, even if the acoustics are terrible, don be racist assholes. I don care if you don enjoy the music of a unique opener like Mariachi El Bronx. But, if an awesome Los Angeles based punk band knows how to play authentic mariachi music and performs it virtuosically nonetheless don boo them. Or yell shit like back to Mexico. Or say was cool, but that just Nike Lebron Soldier 10 Black And Gold not my culture, in the parking lot after the show. That pretty ignorant. Props to the guy who yelled Meh hee coe! during the deafening silence following each and every Mariachi El Bronx song.
the other hand, excited the many teenagers in the mostly full arena partly because many of the teenagers were bearded, pot smoking, skinny jean wearing hipsters, and partly because Cage the Elephant played its two radio friendly hits no Rest for the Wicked and me Down. The entire crowd cheered on energetic frontman Matthew Shultz as he crowd surfed numerous times and ran through the arena stands to finish the band set. The crowd erupted with the famous Thunder which if you don know, is the sound of fans collectively rumbling the old wooden rafters with their feet. It kicked off a fast paced hard rocking set that wouldn slow down until the encore. With the regular lineup plus Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee, Grohl and co. turned the mostly young white male crowd into a drove of stick it to the man fist pumpers. They even payed attention during extended drum and guitar solos, and jazzier shit like trading fours and keyboard solos.
The set included a handful of oldies and most of the songs off the band seventh album, Wasting Light, released this April. This being the last show on the band tour supporting the new album, Nike Kyrie 2 Black Speckle
Grohl recalled his fondest memories on tour, including the following: After the Cage the Elephant drummer ruptured his appendix while on tour, Grohl stepped in as drummer for a handful of shows (one never ceases being a prodigious musician, I suppose). He also an intense rock singer, screaming half his lyrics until he hoarse, giving the impression that his vocal cords hemorrhage nightly.
Grohl gave everything, especially during an encore that included three solo acoustic songs of You, and Like These before the band reconvened for Rosemary, a cover of Tom Petty and to close out the evening. With punk cred from his time in Nirvana, studio cred that includes drumming for Queens of the Stone Age and Nike Kyrie Iii
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Tenacious D, and a closet full of Grammys with the Foo Fighters, Grohl is a shoo in for President of Modern Rock Roll. After last night, he got my vote.
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