Monday, January 14, 2008
The Foo Fighters have to be one of the top 5 rock bands in the world. I have reviewed them two times in the past when they played Dodger Stadium and the Home Depot Center. The Foos managed to drop by the Troubadour for a breakfast show with Kevin and Bean on KROQ for some questions with the fans and to play a few songs. "Skin and Bones" acoustically started off the mini set with the full band backing Dave Grohl (Guitars/Vocals). "My Hero" was next and started off acoustic then kicked into overdrive with blaring guitars and excellent fretwork by Chris Shiflett. I remember seeing Chris in No Use for A Name back in the day. Chris had his Les Paul Goldtop and Dave had his custom Trini Lopez Gibson guitar. I also looked at Chris's pedalboard which had an MXR Eddie Van Halen Flanger, MXR Eddie Van Halen Phaser, and a Line 6 Delay Pedal. Dave Grohl's pedalboard had an MXR Phaser 90 and a Boss Digital Delay. "The Pretender" and "Long Road to Ruin" were in the next batch of songs and the crowd was going crazy when they weren't taking pictures with their camera phones. "Long Road To Ruin" sounded solid with the additional cello in the background. The rock didn't stop as they also played "Times Like These" and "All My Life". It was also Dave Grohl's birthday and the surprise of the morning was Lemmy from Motorhead came out with the birthday cake. Lemmy also participated in the stellar Dave Grohl side project of Probot. I was dazzled when Dave brought out Kaki King for a mesmerizing performance of "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners". Kaki was very impressive on her acoustic guitar and I will have to review one of her shows in the future. Dave mentioned he gets anxious playing with her because she is so good. The morning was capped with "Best Of You" which had Dave screaming like he was still at Dodger Stadium. I may have to add one of their Forum shows to my burgeoning concert review schedule.
Foo Fighters Setlist at the Troubadour (1/14/08)
"Skin and Bones"
"Long Road To Ruin"
"Times Like These"
"All My Life"
"Ballad Of The Beaconsfield Miners"
"Best Of You"