Almost exactly twenty years after the release of their debut album, Dave Grohl and company are still running strong and proved that with two sold out shows at the Molson Amphitheatre on July 8th and 9th. Supporting them on this tour are UK hard rock revivalists Royal Blood.
The BRIT Award-winning duo have been garnering major buzz for the past two years and with this tour have a chance to gain even more followers. From the looks of the crowd the past two nights they’re achieving their goals as the audience was incredibly receptive of their muscular, blues-infused sound. This is a band that’s constantly dialled up to 11, from the monstrous drums to the thick, heavy riffs in songs like “Figure it Out” and “Ten Tonne Skeleton”. Their sophomore album will be one to watch out for.
The wait between sets was relatively short, as the Foos had a lot of material to get through, playing for nearly three hours each night. To say that the crowd was excited would be the understatement of the year. Three hours is barely enough to scratch the surface of what this band has delivered over the years.
The Foo Fighters occupy a fairly exclusive niche in the contemporary music scene; they’re simultaneously a legacy act and a relevant band still creating highly anticipated content. In the past few years Dave Grohl has created both a documentary (Sound City) and a TV series (Sonic Highways), and that’s in addition to regularly putting out albums and collaborating with people like Sir Paul McCartney. When Grohl says something, the media listens. The combination of his down-to-earth nature and exceptional songwriting have made the Foo Fighters one of the most relatable rock bands of any generation.
So it’s no surprise that the choruses were belted out by every person in attendance. From the heart-on-sleeve theatrics of “Everlong” and “Best of You” to the high-adrenaline latter-day tracks such as “The Pretender” and “Something From Nothing”, every song was treated as a welcome offering. From atop his tongue-in-cheek throne Grohl thrashed and screamed through two decades of hit singles, plus several covers by bands like Rush and Queen.
By the end of the two nights it was evident that the Foo Fighters have earned their spot as reigning rock royalty on the charts- and in people’s hearts.