The bad weather and the rain didn`t stop the “Fooiesmania” that took over Sydney last Thursday December 8 as Dave Grohl and his band mates Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear were in town to rock it out!
It all started early around 5pm with the performance of Stonefield and Fucked Up – both bands warmed up the venue for the fans who got there early, some of them even arriving the night before, in order to get the best spots on the floor section.
Around 6.30pm, one of the great highlights of the night arrived, as it was the time for THE METAL with Kyle Gass and Jack Black’s Tenacious D hitting the stage with their unique comic rock and roll style and energy.
“D” pumped up the crowd and brought laughter with their iconic hits such as “The Metal” and “Tribute (Greatest Song in the World)”. The band also debuted their funny new song “Death Star” to the Aussie public and even made some people who work on the venue cry, with their song “Roadie”.
The band played for approximately 30 min, far too short for all the fans who wanted more from this great and totally unconventional band, so we hope to see them in their very own Aussie tour one day.
At 7.50 pm sharp, the lights went off and an iconic guitar riff started off in the background …Yes, it was “All My life” opening the party and the Fooies jumped on stage with an energy only a great rock band can give to the public, including a very active Dave Grohl running from one side of the stage to another, plus a powerful drumming from Taylor Hawkins who seems to be possessed by the Gods of rock in every song.
After an explosive intro, the band dove into their hit “Rope” making all the fans sing every word of the song. Despite the annoying rain which fell intermittently, the crowd and the band never stopped playing, singing, screaming, having fun…turning the venue into a total rock party for the joy of Sydney.
Some of the great moments were when Taylor Hawkins sang “Cold Day in the Sun” while drumming, and when the band performed Pink Floyd’s “In the Flesh?” as well as when Dave and Chris had a mini guitar battle for a few minutes. Obviously the all time hits “My Hero”, “Learn to Fly”, “Monkey Wrench” and “Walk” were not absent in the almost 2.5 hours of the gig, which finished the first part of the concert with “Best of you”.
The encore was particularly interactive, because Dave and Taylor appeared on the screens fighting with each other in order to decide how many extra songs they will play depending on how much noise the crowd was making.
After the encore, Dave strode quickly onto the very end of the catwalk platform with his acoustic guitar, giving his back to the front section and dedicating the next two songs “Wheels” and “Times Like These“ for the people down the back “in the shitty seats” he joked
Following those 2 songs, the Fooies performed “Generator” and Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” with Tenacious D jumping on stage with them which was an epic moment of the night.
Finally the Fooies said good-bye to Sydney with their anthem “Everlong” making every fan feel like they were in rock heaven, full of Fooies joy in one of the biggest Foo Fighters concerts ever!
Foo Fighters Sydney December 8 2011 Setlist:
All My Life
Learn to Fly
Cold Day in the Sun
Long Road to Ruin
Let It Die
This is a Call
In the Flesh? (Pink Floyd cover)
Best of You
Times Like These (Acoustic)
Tie Your Mother Down (Queen cover) (with Tenacious D)
Here enjoy some postcards of the venue below:
Thanks to all the Fooies fans that sent us some of the amazing pics above!
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