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Written by: Chris Andrade

Fuck that, this could easily be Video of the Year!

Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Roger Waters was the musical guest, there to perform “In the Flesh” from the seminal album the Wall. Here’s the thing though; his backing band was Foo Fighters.

Is there nothing these guys can do? First John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page hook up with the Foos to perform a number of Led Zeppelin tunes, no they’re rocking out with Pink Floyd alumni. At this point, I fully expect them to play with Jimi Hendrix now. (Yes, I know he’s dead…)

Anyway, enough rambling, let’s witness this awesome display of HOLY FUCKING HELL THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!

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Foo Fighters Add More Dates to 2011 Calendar

Posted by cristóvão On July - 21 - 2011

Simul-posted from ClickitTicket

The Foo Fighters have a busy second half of 2011 to get through. Tour, tour, tour. As July starts to wind down and the boys look to August, they’ll kick off the month in Chicago at Lollapalooza. A couple of shows in Canada follow that, then it’s off to Europe for the rest of the month.

They’ll be back stateside with dates starting in mid-September and running through mid-November as they support their April release, Wasting Light.

If you plan on attending a show, best mind your manners. At a recent gig in London, a guy started a row in the moshpit. Front man Dave Grohl stopped in the middle of a tune to admonish the fan, saying “You don’t fight at my show. Who’s fighting right now? Who’s fighting? Let me see him. It’s that fucking guy in the striped shirt right there. Look at you. Hey! Look at me. Hey! In the striped shirt! Look at me right here, motherfuckker. Look at me. Look at me. Get the fuck out of my show right now.”

Addressing the rest of the audience, Grohl added, “You don’t come to my show and fight. You come to my show and dance. I don’t put up with that.” The legions of the fans, then, danced and rocked for the remainder of the performance.

Reviews for the Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light tour have proven to be as solid as the band itself. Joining Grohl in the Foo Fighters’ ranks are guitarists Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, bassist Nate Mendel, and drummer Taylor Hawkins. Together, it seems, they know how to rock a joint.

A Memphis critic wrote, “Whatever you want to say about the relative merits of the Foo Fighters’ music, it can’t be denied that the band offers fans bang for their buck. On Friday night, the alt-rock giants took the stage of Downtown’s FedExForum performing an epic set – nearly 30 songs and three hours – with tickets topping out a relatively modest $49.”

That’s quite the bargain in this day of high prices and low talent.

The reviewer continued, “Racing around the stage and running along a catwalk extending deep into the arena, Grohl slapped hands and struck poses; his outsized rock-and-roll persona is ideally built to play to the rafters, and he did that throughout the night.

“The songs and bonhomie continued, with the group dipping into generously into its seven-album back catalog, and even breaking out a couple classic rock covers. By the end of the marathon performance it was evident that everyone had gotten their money’s worth.”

Part of the reason behind the so-called “bonhomie” is that Grohl, quite simply, loves his job and isn’t afraid to show it: “How could you not want to do this? I get to sit around and talk about rock’n’roll all day, then go play music with my friends and laugh my ass off backstage, until it’s time to have a beer and get 80,000 people to sing with me. That’s not work!”

Foo Fighters 2011 Tour Dates:

August 2011
7 – Chicago, IL – Grant Park (Lollapalooza)
9 - Foo Fighters in Toronto, ON - Air Canada Center
10 - Foo Fighters in Montreal, QC - Bell center
18 – Hasselt, Belgium – Kempische Steenweg (Pukkelpop)
20 – St. Polten, Austria – Green Park (Frequency)
21 – Erfurt, Germany – Stausee Hohenfelden (Highfield)
23 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
24 – Ubersee, Germany – Open Air Almfischer (Chiemsee Festival)
26 – Paris, France – Rock en Seine Festival

September 2011
14 - Foo Fighters in St. Paul, MN - Xcel Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
16 - Foo Fighters in Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
17 - Foo Fighters in St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
19 - Foo Fighters in Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
20 - Foo Fighters in Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
22 - Foo Fighters in Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
23 - Foo Fighters in Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
25 - Foo Fighters in Buffalo, NY - HSBC Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
26 - Foo Fighters in East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)

October 2011
9 - Foo Fighters in Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
11 - Foo Fighters in Salt Lake City, UT - Maverick Center (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
13 - Foo Fighters in Inglewood, CA - The Forum (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
16 - Foo Fighters in Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
17 - Foo Fighters in San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
19 - Foo Fighters in Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
20 - Foo Fighters in Sacramento, CA - Power Balance Pavilion (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
25 - Foo Fighters in Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
27 - Foo Fighters in Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledom (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
28 - Foo Fighters in Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)

November 2011
7 - Foo Fighters in Duluth, GA - Arena at Gwinnett Center (w/ Social Distortion, The Joy Formidable)
8 - Foo Fighters in Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena (w/ Social Distortion, The Joy Formidable)
10 - Foo Fighters in Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center (w/ Social Distortion, The Joy Formidable)
14 - Foo Fighters in Newark, NJ - Prudential Center (w/ Social Distortion, The Joy Formidable)
16 - Foo Fighters in Bosto, MA - TD Garden (w/ Social Distortion, The Joy Formidable)

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Video of the Day: Foo Fighters ~ “Walk”

Posted by cristóvão On June - 10 - 2011

Ah, it’s Friday! Tired of the work week? The grind? The fucking traffic?

Watch the new video from Foo Fighters. Spot how many times each member shows up in the video. Have a laugh and unwind. It’s Friday and the work week is over!

It may not be their greatest video or song (although it’s pretty good on both counts) but it certainly revives those cool humorous clips that the Foos made themselves famous for back in the day.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Record Store Day, the Foos Edition

Posted by cristóvão On April - 16 - 2011

Written by: Chris Andrade

Today is record store day! If you haven’t gotten out already, you have missed out on some great opportunities but that’s the beauty of vinyl; you never know what you might come across that will make your day.

This being Foo Fighters week here at OtD, I thought it prudent to focus solely on their RSD specific release but if you’re going to head out and find some rarities, keep in mind there are releases from Pearl Jam, Manchester Orchestra and so many more to be had out there.

For this year’s RSD, the Foos have released a limited edition vinyl titled Medium Rare. It features thirteen cover tunes from the likes of Wings, Cream, Prince, Gary Numan, Gerry Rafferty, the Ramones, Pink Floyd (among others) that have been previously released plus two new covers of Thin Lizzy‘s “Bad Reputation” and the Zombies‘ “This Will Be Our Year”.

Surprisingly, one of Foo Fighters’ previously released cover tunes didn’t make the cut on this record; Killing Joke‘s “Requiem”. You’d think since Dave Grohl sat in on the drums for the British post-punk outfit’s twelfth (and second self-titled) album in 2003 that it would receive special consideration but obviously not.

No matter, check out this BBC performance of the song and if you think luck’s on your side, head out to your local indie record store to see if you can pick up a copy of Medium Rare today!

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the Life of Foo ~ the First Show

Posted by ogcin On April - 15 - 2011

Written by: Nic Gouveia

As Chris and I walked through the doors of Arrow Hall and the mass of concertgoers became apparent, I inhaled and took that final gulp. The kind of gulp you take just before going into battle, the ‘what did I get myself into’ gulp.

The usual collection of t-shirt and poster vendors flanked our position at the tail end of the crowd while on stage Treble Charger was taking their final bow after their usually raucous set.

We met up with my classmates Ryan and Dorothy and the four of us directed our attention to Talk Show (a brief incarnation of the non-singing members of Stone Temple Pilots and Dave Coutts of Ten Inch Men) who had just taken the stage. “Do you guys want to head into the pit?” I asked. We stopped and all looked back towards the noise from the stage. “Nah, let’s just wait here until the Foo Fighters hit the stage.” Dorothy exclaimed. She was right of course, after all, it was Foo Fest.

Talk Show finished their set (not soon enough for most) and we made our way into the mass of people. Finding a line slithering through the mosh pit, we followed until about ten rows from the stage where the caravan stopped. A few more minutes of idle chatter ensued until all conversation broke with the roar of the crowd welcoming the headliners to the stage.

The long haired silhouette of Dave Grohl walked to centre-stage and as pick met string the familiar intro of “This is a Call” reverberated throughout the hall and kicked off a night to remember.

It was as if they plucked the set-list from my mind. The end of ‘This is a Call’ lead seamlessly into the driving drum intro to ‘Hey, Johnny Park’ and the medley completed with ‘Alone + Easy Target’. After a string of new material from the Colour and the Shape the main set ended appropriately with ‘New Way Home’.

By now, we were all sorts of sweaty mess. My calves were on fire from the near endless bouncing inside the pit as stories of bumps and bruises were being exchanged among our group. Without warning a crash of symbols and a driving baseline filled the hall. ‘My Hero’ kicked off a brief encore with ‘I’ll Stick Around’ closing the gig out and sending us home satisfied.

Looking back on everything that night, I never imagined this would be the last time I’d hear ‘New Way Home’ or ‘I’ll Stick Around’ live. It never occurred to me that this show was the genesis of my musical adventures with Chris. And I certainly never thought this show would lead to my first serious relationship with a girl, but as the house lights rose that night I did realize one thing… I am never missing this band again.

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The Life of Foo ~ the First Listen

Posted by ogcin On April - 14 - 2011

Written by: Nic Gouveia

Expanding on Foo Fighters week, OtD contributor Nic Gouveia is bringing us a multi-part series featuring moments in his life that correspond with each album. Here’s his first installment marking the self-titled debut album;

As any good story should start, it all began with a phone call one summer’s morning. I answered in the usual monosyllabic grunt that greets most who call so shortly after I’d been separated from dreams of Sears catalogue models.

“Wake up fag!” blared from the receiver, the obligatory greeting from my friend Matt.

“PJ is back from camping so get your ass over here; we’ve been waiting a whole week for this!” PJ, another of our tiny crew, had one of those ‘let’s go fuck outside’ sort of girlfriends and given the lack of privacy when you’re sixteen, he went on camping trips… a lot.

The “this” in question was a tiny bag of weed Matt had been saving from a party earlier in the week. “Today’s the day you get fucking high!” Matt exclaimed. Matt was the only one of us that had ever smoked and after buying his first bag, was eager to pop the marijuana cherries of his best mates. “My folks leave for the cottage in an hour; we spark this as soon as the car pulls out!” Matt explained. I ended our conversation, got dressed and started on my way to embark on my first real rite of passage.

After arriving at Matt’s house and wishing his folks a safe trip, Matt, PJ and I retired to the basement for some tunes and a little ‘Mary Jane’. As we began passing the messily wrapped joint around, taking hits and coughing intensely, an album caught my eye lying on the floor next to the stereo. The cover art featured an old toy gun with simple black text stating ‘Foo Fighters’. “What’s this?” I said holding up the CD cover. “Oh, that’s that new band with the drummer from Nirvana.” Matt replied as he reached down for his stereo remote to engage the CD in question.

It could have been the plumes of THC laced smoke billowing from the basement, but the music pumping from Matt’s stereo began to speak to me. Not in the literal sense, or in the (I’m too fucking high) sense but in that way where every note, every bar of music seemed to fit the tumbler unlocking the part of the brain that doesn’t just appreciate music, but loves it.

We must have sounded like immature music snobs, fiercely disseminating each and every track. Trying to figure out which song was for Kurt, or which one was written by him. What we didn’t realize is that we were taking part in something bigger, the ritual that separates people who hear music and those who listen to it. The scene of teenagers getting high, ignoring authority and just listening to a message they understand was repeating itself and as it did with Cream or Zeppelin in the past, the moment was mine and the band was the Foo Fighters.

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Video of the Day: Foo Fighters ~ Back and Forth Trailer

Posted by cristóvão On April - 13 - 2011

What better way to celebrate Foo Fighters week than go check out a documentary about them?

Although our friends south of the border already had their one-night-only chance on April 7th to see the Foo Fighters documentary titled Back and Forth, us Cannucks get to see it tonight.

As well as the James Moll directed documentary about the band’s history, a performance by the Foos of Wasting Light in it’s entirety will be shown afterwards.

Don’t have your ticket yet? Check your local theatre or the official Back and Forth web site for details;

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Video of the Day: Foo Fighters ~ “Rope”

Posted by cristóvão On April - 12 - 2011

The best day of Foo Fighters week; RELEASE DAY!

What better way to mark release day than the video for the first single, “Rope”?

Although I don’t think it’s better (both in song and video) than the first video release from Wasting Light, “White Limo”, it’s still a great song!

Check it out below and let us know what you think of the song, video and new album;

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It’s Foo Fighters week!

The new Foo Fighters album comes out tomorrow (April 12, 2011) and it’s called Wasting Light. If you haven’t already gave it a listen, the band has been streaming the entire thing on SoundCloud and I recommend you go check it out!

Keeping with the week’s theme (I’m posting loads of cool Foo stuff all week), here’s a cool video of Dave Grohl performing for President Barak Obama and Sir Paul McCartney doing a cover of the latter’s “Band on the Run”, with Wings in tow!

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Haven’t Heard the New Foo Fighters Yet?

Posted by cristóvão On April - 10 - 2011

Foo Fighters Week is officially here!

All week I’m posting something about the almighty Foos in celebration of their new album, Wasting Light, which hits stores on Tuesday (April 12, 2011).

For a couple of week already, the Foos have been streaming the entire album on their SoundCloud account and it’s great!

So, if you haven’t done so yet, click below to give it a listen. You won’t regret it!

Wasting Light by Foo Fighters

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