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Foo Fighters Tour 2005, Toronto 08-13-05 Print E-mail
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Contributed by Chimera   
Aug 28, 2005 at 06:50 PM
Review: Foo Fighters Tour 2005, Toronto 08-13-05

Foo Fighters Finally Rock Their Fans Headlining

The Foo Fighters are one of those bands you know will rock you out. They have a loyal fan base that is common, but yet, uncommon to the normal rock fan. What is meant here is that they attract not the stereotypical banger heads, long-haired Motley Crew types or young punk wannabes la Sum 41, but rather they are attractive to a well-rounded ground of musical listeners.

The Foo Fighters have been around for a while, and a while means at least 5 years together as a band, but these guys are veterans now rounding out 10 years in the music industry. Like most bands who mature in their age, the music also matures by mellowing out. And of course, every rock band must succomb to the mellow dramas of the mainstream media as they churn out the ballads and more "popular" radio hits. I have to say that the band has their own sense of humour not found in other bands for some reason. They seem, to the eye, a more laid back group, with no care for the superficialities of rock music. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that Dave Grohl came out of the grungiest rock band in history, Nirvana.

With their latest album, "In Your Honour", which is featured as a double-cd release, the Foo Fighters continue to certify that they are here to stay, at least for another couple of years. When I first heard about the album, I wondered whether the band still had the hard pace of yester-year, or if the more mellow sound would be predomiant. I was wrong, but I was also right. This release is a double-cd with a purpose: 1) to show that they can still pump out the fuck hard beats, and, 2) that they are aware that their mellow side must be exposed. Dave Grohl certainly has a hard time realizing that he's getting older because he satiates that with letting his softer side come out with the slower ballads on disc two. Maybe it's because he's married now and hopes to have kids, and this is an expression of his commitment to his soon to be children that may one day listen to his music. Or maybe, he just wants his kids listening to his own songs instead of listening to Raffi. Whatever the case may be, this release allows them their chance at their own headlining tour.

What a headlining tour it was. Not only did they have one great opening act, they had two! Because we're in Canada, the Foos brought along The Constantines (an amazing Toronto-based Indie band) and Sloan (another great Toronto-based band hailing from Halifax). What better way to start a rock party than two great Canadian rock bands. It was surely a treat. Constantines did a great Indie set and Sloan warmed up the audience with their hits like "The Other Man" and "Rest of My Life". It almost felt like a mini rock festival, since that's where you would typically find the Foos anyway. When the Foos came on stage they came to play. In order for them to really tune it up, they needed to know if Toronto was the best city for rock and roll and we needed to be loud. We're loud, and we're huge drunks. The Foos did not disappoint because they played best-known hits like "Hero" and "Everlong" and a nice surprise, I found, was "Stacked Actors", which doesn't come out too often. The production value was great and Dave's intermittent humour shone through as he made comments to the crowd and egged them on by making remarks on the aroma of Kronic in the air. One guy even threw some marriage-a-wanna at him and he threw it back because he said that he "don't smoke weed". Uh-huh Dave, uh-huh. Maybe it's because you believe so much in things like hickeys and relationships and love...strange, but true...he does. I didn't get a hickey that night, but I wouldn't have minded either. What I did get was a lot of drunken stupour. Good times.


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-Overall Rating: [B+]

-Sound and Acoustics: [A] (Pure rock dude.)

-Ambience: [A-] (Aside from the drunkies and their puke, it was a nice day for a rock show.)

-Lighting and Effects: [A] (Lasers and lights is ok.)

-Security: [B+] (The security guards acutally helped keep the crazies in line.)

-Price and Merchandise: [C-] ($40 dollar concert shirts, $11 dollar beers)

-Finally seeing Foo Fighters headline a tour: Priceless, for everything else use Visa.

Written and Reviewed By: Kay (Chimera)
CrystalOne Radio
Last Updated ( Sep 24, 2005 at 08:38 PM )
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