It's hard to imagine the Nirvana drummer as a lead singer.
But Dave Grohl solidified himself as a full fledged Front Man during
his sold out tour as the Foo Fighters and Weezer hit arenas across
He calls himself a drummer (and history won't argue the
fact), but before a sold-out Oakland Arena, Grohl solidified his
status as one of hard rock's paramount performers.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we use to love playing more intimate
venues like the Warfield and The Fillmore but after this area tour I
can’t go back," he boasted, a smile planted on his face. And with
that, he unleashed a belch into the microphone that echoed through
the arena before ripping through the final songs of the night, "This
Is a Call" and "Monkey Wrench."
Their set was like going down memory lane, a hit parade that
took you through the decade-long Foo Fighters catalog. The show
opened with a fury and spectacle befitting the arena rock tag, as a
wall of video monitors emerged from the stage to unveil Grohl,
guitarist Chris Shiflett, bassist Nate Mendel and drummer Taylor
Hawkins as they exploded into "In Your Honor", the title track from
the band's latest release.
Not to forget the other bands on this bill. Weezer and Hot
Hot Heat held their own. Looking out into the crowd, it was clear
that they weren’t just the opening acts but 3 top bands sharing
their passion with a deserving audience.
Dave ended the show with a little call out to his wife, who
was watching the show from the mix board. “Hello Mrs. Grohl….. I
love you Mrs. Grohl.” If you missed this tour, don’t fret. The Foo
Fighters will be back. Good things like this don’t go away; they
just need some time to rest and with the
US tour ending in
Oakland. We know we will be seeing them again real soon.