Foo Fighters screamed, joked and played a terrific show at a packed Air Canada Centre on Tuesday and left the audience in awe.
Front-man, Dave Grohl, was losing his voice before the show began but he was able to pull through and sang as though nothing was wrong. He told the crowd that he was worried prior to the show that he wouldn’t be able to sing, but when he took a few shots of whiskey and saw the audience and his voice came back.
The 16-year-old rock band began their set with, ‘Bridge Burning’ and ‘Rope’, which is off of their new album, ‘Wasting Light’.
After Grohl introduced the band, he made a classic drummer joke before Taylor Hawkins, the band’s drummer, went into a solo. The band then played a song that Hawkins wrote, ‘Cold Day In The Sun’, which is on the second disk of their album, ‘In Your Honor’.
“How did the drummer get kicked out of the band?” asked Grohl. “He said ‘hey guys, I wrote a song.’”
The band played with the audience throughout the night. They stopped mid-song to tease the audience, turned off the lights and got the crowd to stay quiet at certain moments.
When he wasn’t singing, Grohl was busy jumping on top of amps and running around the stage as well as a cat-walk that led to a small platform that stood amongst the audience.
The band demonstrated their talent when Grohl and lead guitarist Chris Shiflett had a guitar battle as they soloed back and forth.
They finished their set with one of the band’s biggest hits, ‘All My Life’, then went backstage and to taunt the audience some more. As the crowd cheered for an encore, the band played with a camera to get the fans to cheer louder and asked them how many more songs they should play. The Audience cheered for Hawkins as he said five songs and booed for Grohl when he jokingly said one.
When the lights came back up, Grohl was on the platform with an acoustic guitar and played, ‘Wheels’. He then played an acoustic version of, ‘Best Of You’, and told the audience to sing it with him.
“If you know this song then sing it. If you don’t, then sing it anyway,” said Grohl.
The rest of the band joined Grohl in the encore set during, ‘Times Like These’. He started playing the song acoustic, but when the band came back on stage, he took off his acoustic guitar, ran down the cat-walk as he grabbed an electric guitar and joined the rest of the band.
Grohl made a final speech before the band played their last song. He commented on how there are still great bands out there and that you just have to look for them. He also talked about computerized music and how he would rather see a band playing the best that they can.
The crowd erupted as the band went into their final song, ‘Everlong’.
‘Wasting Light’, is the band’s seventh studio album and was released April 12, 2011.