By Johnny Papan
September 8th 2018
VANCOUVER – Dave Grohl ran onto the stage strumming his axe like a wildman who has been let loose from his cage before the Foo Fighters began the night with their One By One hit, “All My Life” in front of the jam-packed sold-out crowd. Grohl made a point to tell everyone that they were in for a long night of rock and roll, and that it was. It was astonishing to see how the frontman took control of the crowd.
It was a three hour night full of classic hits, new tunes, on-the-fly jams, comedic moments, and totally unexpected covers. Not to mention the LSD worthy psychedelic visuals that covered the backend of the stage-drop.
Songs like “The Pretender,” “My Hero,” and others received extensions that ranged from bluesy guitar battles to disgustingly grungy breakdowns. Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins channeled his inner Freddie Mercury when he took the mic, mimicking Mercury’s infamous “Ay-o” crowd play at Wembley Stadium before singing Queen’s “Under Pressure” with two fans who were brought on stage. Alongside covers of the Ramone’s “Blitzkrieg Bop,” and Alice Cooper’s “Under My Wheels,” the Foos played a comically intriguing mashup of John Lennon’s “Imagine” piano riff being complemented by the lyrics and vocals of Van Halen’s “Jump.”
“Run” and the Pink Floydian “Dirty Water,” from the Foos new album Concrete and Gold were also two standout performances. After an intimately explosive rendition of “Best of You” the Foos left the stage, only to have Grohl appear on screen, teasing the crowd from the back. The band returned to perform “Times Like These” and end the mammoth nearly-three hour set with “Everlong.”