Foo Fighters | 01.17.08 | Sunrise, FL

Words & Images by: Drew Gerlach

Foo Fighters :: 01.17.08 :: Bank Atlantic Center :: Sunrise, FL

Foo Fighters :: 01.17.08
Prior to kicking off their spring tour in Sunrise, Florida, drummer Taylor Hawkins was quoted on Rolling Stone's Rock And Roll Daily blog, saying, "We're proud to be an arena rock band. We enjoy doing bigass shows - making big noise with big toys." The moment the Foo Fighters stepped on the stage, they embraced this arena characterization and rocked Florida to its core with fulminating versions of "Let It Die" and "The Pretender." Adding further "Bigass Rock Show" ambiance were multiple, massive light effects, a runway that ran out to the middle of the floor and expansive video screens that zoomed in on the action.

Lead singer David Grohl spared no vocal chord screaming at the crowd to, "Fucking sing it," while ripping through his energizing lyrics. The near capacity audience fervently responded to Grohl, who was his usual charming frat boy self, goofing with bandmates, belching into the microphone, dropping countless f-bombs and teasing the adoring audience like some crude Sinatra.

After blowing through a seven song fan favorite set, Grohl picked up an acoustic guitar and strummed the opening lick to "Skin and Bones" as a second stage was lowered into the middle of the floor at the end of the runway. Following the band onto this new stage were the musicians from their previous acoustic tour. The set up and shtick were carbon copies of that tour, which felt like a heartfelt apology to Florida for missing them last year. Highlights included Nirvana b-side "Marigold" (written by Grohl) and "Hero" with a nice piano solo.

Dave Grohl acoustic :: 01.11.08
Grohl finished off the acoustic set with his Hyde Park version of "Everlong" sitting at the end of the second stage bathed in a singular spotlight serenading the darkness with the band's iconic hit. The crowd went silent during the verses but joined in on the choruses. Slowly the song built into one large crescendo with Grohl sprinting up the runway to the main stage.

A few minutes of playful backstage banter shown on the video screens followed, with Grohl holding up his fingers and mouthing the words, "How many songs?" In between swigs of beer, he continued to increase the number and seemed to enjoy talking into the camera. Eventually he capitulated, running back on stage to a deafening roar. Throughout their five song encore, which dusted off rarities "Enough Space" and "For All The Cows," he pandered to the crowd asking, "What else do you want us to fucking play?"

Throughout the night Foo Fighters held the audience by their collective hand and took them through an entertaining rock & roll experience. With a new album and massive tour, this band has solidified their place in history as one of the all-time greats.

01.17.08 :: Bank Atlantic Center :: Sunrise, FL
Electric Set: Let It Die, The Pretender, Times like These, Breakout, Long Road To Ruin, DOA, Learn To Fly, This Is A Call, Stacked Actors/Drum Solo
Acoustic Set – Second Stage: Skin & Bones, Marigold, My Hero, Cold Day In The Sun, But Honestly, Everlong (started on Second stage and returned to main stage to resume Electric Set), Monkey Wrench, All My Life
Encore: In Your Honor, For All The Cows, Enough Space, Big Me, Best Of You

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FreeHawk Wed 1/23/2008 02:09PM
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kb4404 Wed 1/23/2008 03:59PM
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Foo Fighters "all time greats"??!! Really?

sleewell starstarstar Wed 1/23/2008 04:13PM
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Danimal starstar Wed 1/23/2008 04:30PM
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Jimmy P starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/23/2008 05:16PM
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Jimmy P

I was actually very excited to see the foo fighters covered by jambase. I know many of you jamband followers may not like the foo fighters or their big arena sound or how commercial they may be, but if any of you have actually listened to an album, and not just the radio singles, you might actually see that there can be very good commercial or mainstream bands. And although i love my moe. and mule, the foo fighters are still just as capable of creating a unique sound and enjoyable music. The fact that they have at least twice the drawing power of these jam acts should only speak to their considerable talents, not take away from them. Just because a band is commercial doesnt mean it is not compiled of great artists(it doesnt mean that they have great artists either...assuming makes an ass of you and me). This website, although it may have promoted and supported jam bands in the past, is now dedicated to bringing people information and stories about live music. Not jam band music. thank you for your time

Treetophigh Wed 1/23/2008 06:06PM
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i dont listen to much foo fighters or any mainstream alternative

but foo fighters do have a considerably better sound than most other mainstream acts and they have history

just sayin

tourfan Wed 1/23/2008 06:13PM
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I would like to add my two bits to this thread. I for one am not a FF fan. Don't have any of the groups' CDs, never seen em live, don't listen to radio. And also, I do think that JB has gone far too far in trying to reach out to a larger audience and cover a broader range of music. We get CD reviews of acts that NO ONE has heard of or cares about. Folks, an independent/local band is a local band for one reason - because they are not good enough to go beyond their own locale. Leave the indier than thou acts to the indier than thou website(s?) Jambase. Stick to what you know JB, stick to what your readership wants to read about. It's ok to expand your readership and broaden what you are covering, but just be careful with it.

But that said, I do not have a problem with this band/genre being covered by this site. More to the point, I certainly don't have a problem with this band being covered as long as it is done as well as this review is. Drew has written a fine live review, to the point and letting readers know what happened at the show. That is the job of a reporter. To report the facts: This band played here, played this song and that song, which one worked and which one didn't and why, back it up. Here's what they had to say between songs, the crowd energy was way up high ... Your pics really don't enhance this review, but I'm even ok with that. You got yourself into the show from free, but as far as I am concerned, you did your job well and that pays for the ducate.

Nice job Drew, hope we'll see more reviews from Sunny FLA from you soon.

ScIFreak Wed 1/23/2008 06:19PM
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I bet you 90% of the people that went to this show are like "What the fuck is Jambase?" Jambase Keep it real would you?

tourfan Wed 1/23/2008 06:32PM
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OzzieSmith star Wed 1/23/2008 07:52PM
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Figure it out Jambase

Ritestyl starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/23/2008 09:03PM
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bottom line is foo fighters rock, all of you haters don't and this is a great review

T. Ralph starstarstar Wed 1/23/2008 09:10PM
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I'm not here to argue if the Foo Fighters are worthy of being covered by JamBase, because this site is all about LIVE music, not jam band music. Jam is not a genre, it is a generic term that has been used long before Phish experimented. Get over it, and don't read it if you don't like the Foo's not like they didn't warn you who this was going to be about.

And if anyone saw last year's Super Bowl half time show you would know that FF were given a SERIOUS compliment when Prince covered "Best of You."

1048 starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/23/2008 10:40PM
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Come on the Foo Fighters aren't that bad, I've seen a lot worse bands covered on jambase.

blackbart Thu 1/24/2008 05:30AM
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Foo Fighters are great! Dave Grohl's the man.

King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/24/2008 06:04AM
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Whether or not you are a fan of the Foo Fighter's music... They are one of the best live bands performing today.

The freakin' Chili Peppers couldn't follow them when the Foo opened up for them.

Grohl is just that good of a frontman.

D.B.Higdon starstarstarstar Thu 1/24/2008 08:05AM
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I have to give Grohl props. I have nothing against this band, but I really don't follow them that much. You've gotta hand it to Dave Grohl when he didn't fall into obscurity after Nirvana, but instead took the helms and the front and center. Nirvana was one of the most impressionable bands of the past twenty years, and while Foo Fighters won't have a tag like that associated with them, they are still a rock band. He can write a good song, and he is an absolute animal behind the kit. That version of Honeybee with Grohl sitting in with the Heartbreakers is killer. Besides, the guy has a good sense of humor about things and himself and regularly collaborates with Tenacious D.

KCReb starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/24/2008 08:07AM
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There's no point in trying to convince everyone that the Foo is a good band, but no one can debate that these guys put on a badass live show. When the mood is right this band is top notch. Grohl is one of the best showmen of our generation and every project he touches is superb.

Thanks for the coverage JamBase!

jordonimo Thu 1/24/2008 09:33AM
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i would agree that grohl is a telented musician but that doesn't change the fact that foo fighters are a mainstream band. i get on jambase to read about bands that i like, i.e. NOT mainstream bands. yea, they might have twice the fanbase of any other band covered on here but that is because most people get their music spoon-fed to them by mtv or the radio or whatever. i know "jam" is not a genre but it IS a culture, an alternative lifestyle, alternative to pop culture. if they start covering more mainstream acts it just won't be the same.

Lenox Thu 1/24/2008 09:34AM
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I HATE the foo fighters, but i still think its ok (for the most part) any band to have a live show review. im sure there are quite a few bands out there for all of us who we really didnt care for the first time we gave them a listen, and then some friend dragged us along to a concert and we were blown away by the live show. I know for one that i have done this exact same thing with about 10 people for Les Claypool. Hell, i even pay for my friends tickets to claypool and if they enjoy it enough, they pay me back, and of course each time they do, because live is a completely different realm than studio work. basically, its ok to me that the FF have a review of a live show, but if they ever get anything more than that, it will be rediculous, cause overall they blow.

p.s. i have seen them live, and i stood for a total of 30 seconds into the first song, followed by sitting on my ass for the remainder of the show.

AKPhuser Thu 1/24/2008 09:49AM
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Why is it so hard to give credit where credit is due? The Foo Fighters are freakin' Great. All of them. What the hell is mainstream? Is Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam mainstream too? Modest Mouse? Dave Matthews? The Black Crowes? So I guess that would make them that less talented? Great Review Jambase. I look frorward to seeing the Foo Fighters soon in the Great NorthWest.

ndant703 Thu 1/24/2008 10:38AM
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I think part of the problem is that people, including myself, logged onto Jambase today and saw reviews of Wu Tang and the Foo Fighters. Now I have no problem with either band/group, or with jambase diversifying their music, but the two together seemed out-of-wack. Hopefully when I log on tomorrow, I wont see reviews for Snoop Dog and Blink 182.

cocheese star Thu 1/24/2008 10:51AM
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wow! this article did do one thing.....made aware of the fact that the Foo Fighters are still around. i thought they died out with those Mentos ads???

nuke_ticketbastard starstarstarstar Thu 1/24/2008 10:57AM
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fuck yeah grohl is the man !

i don't really dig arena rock shows per say - it is always better to see ANY band in a more intimate setting - when possible - but for a variety (i'm sure) of reasons alot of bands end up playing in arenas (phish)

for sure there is a lot of crappy ass bands out there making a living by pressing their music through the same meat grinder as the latest one hit wonders used - FF are NOT one of those bands -

great review!

moethug starstar Thu 1/24/2008 11:52AM
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i just cannot see the point in going to an arena show such as there rely anything special about seeing the ff at such a big venue

puz starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/24/2008 12:48PM
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great review drew!

let me say this...I saw them play at the tiny Borgata in Atlantic City a few months ago and that was BY FAR one of the top 3 shows i have EVER been to...amazing really! and trust me, i have seen hundreds upon hundreds of shows...

I am NOT a mainstream rock lover at all, but sometimes there are bands that come along that fall outside of the box of sounding the same as others and such....

The Foo Fighters are a really great band...not for everyone and i get that...but there is more to the world than "jambands" and to be honest, not many "jambands" i have seen can put on a live performance like the foo someone just said to me...they dont need money anymore, they go up and have fun and just rock out...very true...

gmoo Thu 1/24/2008 12:50PM
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Foo Fighters are not that great. And no, I don't want to be your Monkey Wrench.

gmoo Thu 1/24/2008 12:51PM
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This is better than big pimpin', spendin' cheese though.

Smittea Thu 1/24/2008 01:03PM
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If you're watching a band on a big screen, is it really a live show?

Danimal Thu 1/24/2008 03:27PM
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I don't doubt The Foo Fighters talent or their ability to put on a good show, but I read JB because they cover the bands that don't get mainstream coverage. If I wanted to hear about the Foo Fighters, I can pick up a Rolling Stone or Blender or something like that. The review is well written and I am not trying to diss the band or say they don't deserve coverage, I just don't think jambase is where they should be getting it.

anonymous starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/24/2008 03:41PM
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Great to see all the positive comments about dave grohl and FF!!!!!!

Y'all know good music when you hear it and to those that don't...who cares???

Dave Grohl kept a candle burning (with his music) in a very dark time for A LOT of people (nirvana had a big fanbase)...when Kurt died the hope of what FOO was to be and what Dave would do musically put a smile on my face (and i'm sure a few others).......since then he has taken FOO past anyone's expectations and just keeps pumping out great quality music.....he totally takes the lows and highs of songs and mixes them all up in a very distint way....I personally LOVE it just as much as the sweet sweet harry hood interlude.....just as must as an antelope frenzy....

Thank you jambase for covering this show, it was cool to see it.....i had actually just opened up a page to see what live phish shows were being released (some current article) and as the page loaded i glimpsed down and saw FF listed in the show reviews....i IMMEDIATELY hit the back arrow to double check my eyes and was quite shocked to see it (in a GOOD way) i write this i have yet to check what live phish is being released....

groovinkangaroo Thu 1/24/2008 08:19PM
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It doesn't matter if JB covers bigger, mainstream acts as long as it is not at the expense of more traditional coverage, right? Its a bigger site these days. I've been coming here since its inception, I think, and there hasn't been a noticeable decrease in the jam scene coverage.

Gille starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/25/2008 09:04AM
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Personally, I do not have enough time to read and comment on every article and review this site puts up, yet alone post comments bashing a site we all habitually visit. I was pleased to see this aticle. Do yourself a favor and listen to their live album "Skin and Bones" it totally changed my attitude towards these guys. Much love JamBase keep it up.

altubbs starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/25/2008 09:37AM
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Right on Gille. Forget the fact that Foo Fighters are really one of the better rock bands of this generation (arising from the ashes of Nirvana, mind you). Jambase is providing a wonderful service to music fans. Why on Earth, in a world of intolerance, insensitivity, and close-mindedness, would you spend your time criticizing a website for being TOO diverse and TOO open-minded regarding its choices in music? If you call yourself a fan of "jambands", then you should recognize that Jam music has been around for 200 years in different forms, not just since Jerry Garcia came around. Also recognize that good music is good music, regardless of the genre, and Jambase has consistently provided articles and coverage of music from a great diversity of genres. I echo Gille--much love to Jambase and keep on keeping it classy...

Danimal Sat 1/26/2008 07:03AM
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Why on earth would you criticize someone for expressing an opinion? I don't think JB is the place for a Foo Fighters review. That doesn't make me close-minded, it's just an opinion. My next crtiticism of JB is that I'm tired of hearing how every show was so great or had the best light show because so-and-so is so on top of their game right now. I wanna read a review of a show that sucked balls.

skyler3887 Thu 1/31/2008 12:23AM
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If everyone could direct their attention to the top left hand corner of the page. "Jambase, go see live music" if it said "Jambase, only see jambands" i would understand the complaining, but come on, how hard is it to not click on an article if you don't like the band.


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