Foo Fighters rock Saddledome
The Foo Fighters seem set to take some significant time off after concluding their Concrete and Gold Tour, but brought their best for their last stop in Calgary Oct. 23, 2018.
The Concrete and Gold Tour started in June of 2017 in Iceland, and has included 113 shows across the world. The tour is for the Foo Fighters’ latest album, Concrete and Gold. This was the Foo Fighters’ first appearance in Calgary since August of 2015, on the Sonic Highways Tour — otherwise known as The Broken Leg Tour, due to lead singer Dave Grohl’s leg injury that occurred on the European portion of the tour.
Grohl spoke on stage about the end of the tour and the band needing a break after over a year of travelling and performing. His comments come after the tour’s Calgary and Edmonton shows were rescheduled because of Grohl reportedly losing his voice in September.
The show started with three songs from their latest album, “Run,” “The Sky is a Neighbourhood” and “La Dee Da.” Following the three new songs, drummer Taylor Hawkins led a nearly five-minute drum solo into the song “Sunday Rain.”
Grohl and the Foo Fighters then rolled through hits from their previous studio albums such as Something From Nothing, These Days, The Pretender and All My Life.
Each member of the band was then introduced by playing individual covers of other bands’ songs. Included in these intros were bassist Nate Mendel’s rendition of “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, guitarist Pat Smear’s performance of “Blitzkrieg Bop” by Ramones and the band’s rendition of “Jump” by Van Halen set to the tune of “Imagine” by John Lennon. This was a combination no one thought they needed — until they heard it.
The band finished off the set with a cover of Queen’s “Under Pressure” sung by Hawkins, and then three of their biggest hits; “My Hero,” “Monkey Wrench” and “Best of You.” The band followed that up with an encore of “Breakdown” by Tom Petty, “Dirty Water,” “This is a Call” and finishing up with “Everlong” from their second album The Color and the Shape.
The Foo’s performance ran just under three hours, including the hits that most fans — die hard or casual — wanted to hear. Although they say that they are looking forward to a break from touring, their fans will be eagerly waiting for their next tour announcement.
Photos by Sam Phelps.
Published on October 25, 2018.