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Entertain Us (30-1-2018): Foo Fighters no pretenders

ADELAIDE was treated to three hours of rock and Grohl when the Foo Fighters returned to showcase their ninth album Concrete and Gold on Tuesday, January 23.

Tuesday’s show was my fourth Foo Fighters concert. For my concert buddy (Dad) it was his sixth.

There’s a reason we keep going back – they are just that good.

One of the best things about a Foo Fighters concert is you always get a support act that could sell out if they toured alone. Previous Foos openers include Tenacious D and Rise Against.

Weezer was no exception, delivering hits Buddy Holly, My Names is Jonas and Island in the Sun to perfection.

From the first Foo Fighters power chord, the whole stadium buzzed in anticipation of what was to be a long, loud display of pure talent.

Grohl is not only musically gifted, but also widely regarded as the most charismatic man in rock. He wrote a song for the trapped Beaconsfield miners in 2006 and finished a 2015 Sweden concert despite having broken his leg onstage, determined not to let down his fans. He’s just that nice.

This is reflected in the Foo Fighters’ fanbase. I saw one of every type of person, ranging from a boy no older than five being carried in by his mother to a gentleman in his 70s wearing a lawn bowls hat.

Watching Grohl race up and down a runway through the centre of Coopers Stadium, not leaving an inch of stage untouched, it’s not hard to imagine how the 49-year-old broke a leg while performing.

Opening with new single Run and ripping through classics All My Life, Learn to Fly, The Pretender and Monkey Wrench, even as a Foo Fighters regular I was yet again blown away by their sheer energy, making 20-year-old songs still sound thrilling.

With a 24-song set, time was limited for stage chat, but as always Grohl introduced bandmates Taylor Hawkins (drums/backing vocals), Chris Shiflett (guitar/backing vocals), Pat Smear (guitar), Nate Mendel (bass) and new Foo Rami Jaffee (keyboard).

A highlight was Hawkins’ drumkit platform levitating into the air, after his and Grohl’s playful guitar v drum battle. Hawkins also had a chance to show off his vocal abilities, belting out Queen and David Bowie’s Under Pressure while Grohl took back the drumkit, the instrument on which he  rose to fame with Nirvana in the 1990s.

Shiflett also had his turn, taking the microphone for an Alice Cooper classic.

After leaving the stage, screens lit up showing Grohl and Hawkins bantering with the crowd, who haggled for a five-song encore.

Grohl delivered with a beautiful acoustic cover of the Beatles’ Blackbird, before the band rejoined him for Times Like These, then took it back to 1995 with This is a Call.

After three hours came the fan favourite and signature closer Everlong.

Every seat emptied as the crowd gave their heroes a standing ovation, belting out every word.

Before leaving, Grohl promised, “We love Adelaide, as long as you guys keep coming back, so will we.”

Tickets to the Foo Fighters may be pricey, but to spend three hours with the world’s best live act, it’s worth every cent.

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