For many years, I was on the fence about the Foo Fighters. I wasn't sure if Dave Grohl and company were merely a proverbial flash in the alt-rock pan or were going to pass the test of time. But as the years moved on, the band continued to roll out hit after hit. They weren't going away.
Though I'm a huge fan of '90s rock, I never bothered to give the Foos a chance, even as the band's popularity soared among critics and the public. But as I walked through the halls The Forum, I realized how misguided and stubborn I was to not recognize the Foos' influence on rock over the past decade and a half.
I mean, parents brought their kids, which demonstrates the appeal that the band has to all generations of rock music fans.
From the opening "Bridge Burning" to "Everlong," the sextet kept the enthusiastic crowd entertained for nearly three hours. Nearly a third of the songs from last night's set were off the band's latest release,
Wasted Light Wasting Light. However, the set was fairly balanced between staples like "Breakout" or "Monkeywrench" and the newer material. Going with the all-black look, Dave Grohl wasted no time working the crowd like the arena rock veteran he is. Whether it was running down the ramp that sliced the general admission area into two, or encouraging them to sing the final chorus to "My Hero," he had total command of the 18,000 fans throughout the night.
The crowd wasn't afraid to lose their shit and rock out. Besides families, folks there ranged from college students to Generation X'ers. There were arms waving, heads bobbing and bodies bouncing throughout the set. The energy level hit its highest point during the final song of the first set, "All My Life," when several small mosh pits broke out in the general admission section. The audience was as passionate and energetic as any that I've seen at a concert in this city, something that wasn't lost on the band.