Foo Fighters (October 2007)

Date of Performance: October 9, 2007
Venue: Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls NY

The best times often come by surprise, and Tuesday night (Oct 9th) at the Glens Falls Civic Center I got my socks rocked off. The Foo Fighters rolled into town for a warm-up gig for their upcoming European tour (and a Saturday Night Live appearance) and gave us fans a stripped down, rocking show. As a casual fan, I knew I would enjoy the band, but little did I know the treat we had in store. You might be surprised at how many songs you know by these guys; I was. Dave Grohl and company came in to fine tune their chops and in the process played songs spanning their career and gave the fans everything they could have asked for. And if this was just a warmup gig, look out, the Foos are coming on strong. The band went from the standard 4 piece up to 8 at times, with a keyboardist, violin/cellist, percussion, and Pat Smear returned to add some extra guitar crunch.

The bands new album (Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace) was just released, and the band played 4 or 5 tracks from this one. Fan favorites like "Everlong," "I'll Stick Around," and "Monkey Wrench" got thunderous applause from the raucous yet sparse crowd. The Foos played an acoustic set as well, treating the fans to a very intimate experience. One of my personal highlights was when Dave Grohl ran out into the audience and proceeded to have a guitar dual with the Foo's co-guitarist Chris Shiflett, trading licks and playing off the crowd. Grohl is a good frontman, showing tons of energy and humor while talking with the crowd. The show received absolutely no promotion, which may have been exactly what the band wanted for a test run. Anyone who didn't enjoy this show just doesn't know how to loosen up and have fun. From what I saw, I will certainly be buying a ticket when the band begins their US Tour next spring, the Foos have got themselves a new fan in me after that show.

Added: October 13th 2007
Reviewer: Eric Porter
Artist website:
Hits: 1570
Language: english

[ Back to Live Reviews Index | Post Comment ]