Foo Fighters rock a fierce, fun, and frenzied show

A review of the Foo Fighters at the DCU Center on February 18, 2008

, Editor-in-Chief

Still hyped up from winning two Grammy Awards, the Foo Fighters arrived in Massachusetts on Monday for their first show since their victory earlier this month. Before a sold our crowd at the DCU Center, Dave Grohl and company emphasized that the awards were well deserved. Enriched in talent and propelled by tremendous passion and confidence, the band excelled at every decibel and delivered one the best shows to hit New England in recent memory.&

Foo Fighters kicked the show off with a pair of tunes of their new Grammy Award wining album, Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace. The building anthem "Let It Die" was the perfect opener before they eased into the hard rocking riffs of "The Pretender". Next up was "Times Like These", which found Grohl sprinting down the catwalk that jetted out through the center of the arena. The energy shared by the band and crowd was infectious and never dwindled through a set that covered all the finer points of the band\’s catalog.

"This Is A Call" benefited from a surprising blue-like jam session while "Stacked Actors" started with a duel between Grohl and guitarist Chris Shiflett. On previous tours, the dueling was left to Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins, but on Monday night Hawkins watched the guitar duel play out before he was left alone to deliverer his own remarkable solo to close out the tune.&

As hard as the Foo Fighters rocked during the first part of the set, the band slowed things down for a lengthy but well played acoustic set midway through the show. A circular stage lowered from the rafters at the opposite end of the arena for the band plus touring members – cellist Jessie Greene, guitarist Pat Smear, piano/keyboardist Rami Jaffe, and percussionist Drew Hester (all of whom also appeared on the new album). "Skin and Bones" started the mini set, which was done in the vein of their memorable acoustic show at the Wang Theatre two years ago. "My Hero" was carried by a passionate sing-along while Hawkins took over on vocals for "Cold Day In The Sun". The acoustic set may have slowed the tempo down but the energy remained as Grohl climed atop Jaffe\’s piano during "But Honestly".

Grohl was in fine form all night. He sang with passion, shredded away at his axe with force, and worked every end of the arena as a frenzied frontman. Of course, he also had the crowd laughing on more than a few occasions, most notably while introducing his fellow band members as a two-time Grammy winner and poking fun at Boston\’s Berklee College of Music ("I don\’t care about you motherfucking Berklee kids – take lessons from Drew" – after musing about the percussionist\’s triangle playing abilities which earned him a Grammy).

"Everlong" helped bridge the gap from the acoustic set back into a full-throttle rock show. The main set rocked hard with an ending of "Monkey Wrench" and "All My Life". A three-song encore flowed from "Big Me" to "Long Road To Ruin" to show closer "All My Life". Despite a two-hour/19-song set, the crowd\’s reaction as the band finally exited the stage was deafening.&

Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace is not the Foo Fighters\’ best album. But it seems like maybe it will be the one that will finally elevates the band past years of comparisons to Grohl\’s former band, Nirvana. It was never fair to compare the two, but the Foo Fighters have since gone on to become one of rock\’s most premier bands with a deep catalog and a live show that does not disappoint.&

Monday\’s show also boasted a talented pair of opening sets. Former System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian delivered a set very reminiscent of his headlining gig at the Paradise last fall. The setlist was devoted to his new solo debut album, Elect the Dead, and included current single "Empty Walls". Also on the bill for early arrivals were punk rockers Against Me!, who are touring in support oft their outstanding 2007 release, New Wave and riding the success of hit single "Thrash (Unreal)".

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