Concert Review; Foo Fighters Adelaide – Rock Juggernaut play Coopers Stadium 23/1/18!
In the last 12 months rock n roll has lost a few rock legends, like Bowie, Petty and Fats Domino, they’ve left this land and now watch from above, with their fellow rock gods now. When the gods like Elvis, Lennon and Morrison look down from above on the modern rock scene and see what they’ve laid foundations for, they’d definitely be smiling with living rock legends, the Foo Fighters! Fronted by the multi-talented lead man Dave Grohl, the Seattle band now in its 22nd year as a musical act, continues to hold the torch, while contemporary bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Smashing Pumpkins fade.
A band like The Foo Fighters, one of stadium rocks mega acts, which can and do continue to put bums in stadiums worldwide, only exist for one thing the thrill and energy their music emits when they put on a live show. Last night was no exception, with a back catalogue of 9 albums to play songs from, and currently touring 2017’s Concrete and Gold , which has hit Platinum in Australia already, the boys were in town to play hard and loud!
The bands 2nd gig on its Australian stop was in Adelaide, Coopers Stadium and close to 20,000 mad rock fans, were treated to a master class on why rock and stadium rock will never die. Pop and rap acts come and go like fleas these days, but rock legends last a life time and the close to 3hr marathon show was no exception!
With the crowd steadily flowing into the stadium as support acts Amyl and The Sniffers from Melbourne and Weezer who too were massive in the mid to late 90’s coming over to Oz as the main support act, both put on concise 1hr sets, the crowd were already buzzing as at 8pm on the dot, charismatic front man Dave ran onto the stage and the band erupted into their new album single Run.
The crowd erupted and Dave and the boys were in Adelaide to impress!
The mixed age crowd showing the diversity of the fan base these idols have accrued jumped and shouted as the band quickly jumped into hits like Learn to Fly and My Hero. As Dave joked after the first 40mins of songs… “we aren’t even started… and we could play for 10hrs..” the boys sure could, putting on a 3hr mega set, covering songs from all 9 albums and a couple of killer impromptu performances of Alice Cooper’s Under My Wheels covered by lead guitarist Chris Shiflett and also Queen’s Under Pressure, where Grohl took to the drums (his first musical love) while Taylor Hawkins took the vocals, like Bowie had infused himself into his body for a wicked 5 mins of fun. With comical stories in between songs and improvised jamming sessions, by all band members on display, music fans were treated to the best, what a tight knit bunch of guys can do with instruments and a lifetime of experience was mesmerizing in the fading Adelaide heat.
Stadium rock rarely sounds this good and with the Foo Fighters still going strong, it’s in great shape. With the tour hitting the big eastern seaboard later this week, Dave and the boys will be leaving Aussie rock fans singing there goes my hero…only this time it’s my musical rock heroes!
Energy excitement and simplicity feel good modern rock at its best! Catch them on their national tour now!
Review by Cosi Dichiera
10 Overall Score