Last Night: Foo Fighters At Stubb's

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Craig Hlavaty
​It doesn't make Rocks Off feel happy to say that he sometimes doesn't get into all the shows that he thinks he is entitled to seeing by some inner decree he has made to himself. Sometimes we have to sit out the cool stuff, but that doesn't mean we can't stand outside the said cool stuff and review what we hear, without the benefit of being there in person.

Strong men also cry.

This is a review of the Foo Fighters show last night at Stubb's, from the vantage point of the bridge directly behind the stage. The event was a corporate SXSW show, meant only for those with interactive badges, seeing that the show was the closing treat for that other, more bath-oriented side of SXSW.

Why the band couldn't have stuck around to close the music side of the festivities is beyond us. We only have a music badge, leaving us like the proverbial bridge trolls that we see ourselves as anyway. Sad face.

Early in the evening someone started a rumor that the band would only be playing a handful of songs at Stubb's, coinciding with the premiere of their new band documentary Back And Fourth at the SXSW film festival. That wouldn't be the case, as the band played their entire new album, Wasting Light, from front to back, plus another set of career-spanning hits.

"We're fucking movie stars!" screamed lead singer/guitarist Dave Grohl as the band hit the stage, opening with Lights' leadoff cut, "Bridge Burning." This is a grizzly Foos album, not as polished as the past few, owing mostly to its genesis (more or less) in Grohl's garage studio. "Rope," the first single, is easily the catchiest track, besides our new favorite, "White Limo."

There are new melodies and elements in this model of the Foo Fighters, with old guitarist and forever Germ Pat Smear back in the fold for the first time since late 1997, and Grohl just coming off drumming for the brutalizing Them Crooked Vultures for the better part of 2009 and early 2010.


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littlebit
littlebit

so i am guessing you don't want to hear that after entering a random drawing through facebook, i won free tix to the movie premiere which led to a surprise reward of free tix and priority entry to the show at stubbs. today i snagged a white limo tee and other goodies following the whitelimotour on twitter. lesson to all, sometimes it is more than ok to be a fb-twitter junkie. work the system!

Tarquin
Tarquin

WHIIIIITE LIMMMMMMMO!

Topduarte
Topduarte

Half the crowd was not really into it, 25% were real Foo Fighter fans and 25% were rock and roll fans. Since it was the end of Interactive and film and the beginning of music at SXSW, the true fans were not allowed to get in.

Foo Fighters really jammed and I really enjoyed it. Great Show and an open bar

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Possibly but I would guess the real Rock & Roll fans and historians were at the KISS concert last night celebrating how Rock Musical Theater began.

DontHate
DontHate

LOL. you didn't get in and try to review the show now that's funny. Figure you'd be jealous of the crowd and call them "really nerdy". While standing in the 10th row the only thing we knew was the real nerds were standing outside.. HAHAHA. What, did you say something? My ears are ringing..

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

Who is hating?

DontHate
DontHate

"The Crowd: Mostly inside Stubb's, where we weren't. But probably really nerdy."

C'mon now. That's hating. Generalizing the crowd as "really nerdy" because you weren't in there is weak at best. Plenty of fans young and old rockin' out to a great show. Go cry to your momma coz you couldn't get in, don't take it out on the people who worked it.

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

But I called myself a bridge troll. Jesus. And then I said the nerds bathed more than the music people. I think that cleanliness is cool.

Feldman
Feldman

LOL!! You just called SXSWi the "more bath-oriented side of SXSW." --- that is so funny. Stinky musicians.

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