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The Mighty Foo’s

Posted in Music with tags on 07/11/2007 by bimbo78

I’m currently at work with no central heating and no network connection, the phones were broke too but they have been fixed. Therefore, I shall take this opportunity to write about last night. I left work at 4, Bob and my dad had been doing DIY all day so the kitchen is really starting to take shape now. Enough of this talk of DIY, we jumped in the car and headed towards Brum, the motorways weren’t that horrific so we stopped for a snack then turned off for the NEC. The stereo systems of all the cars arriving was just a huge melodic tribute to the Foo Fighters. We had parked in some random car park and had to wander past all the tour buses to get to the entrance. There were loads of big, menacing black buses with blacked out windows and Chech number plates. These obviously belonged to our friend Serj Tankian formally of System of a Down.  We walked through the entrance and were immediately hit by the strange mixture of people. Of course there are always strange people at a rock gig but there were people of our age who had been big fans of Nirvana and then made the automatic progression to the Foos. There were teenagers that had heard the Foos recently and liked them, and obviously there were 14 years old wearing Nirvana t shirts, (they weren’t even born when Kurt passed on!!) AND there were little kids, like 6 or 7 years old, (wit their folks). One little girl had a Serj Tankian shirt on. IF I ever have kids I want one like that.  We found our seats, we only just managed to get tickets so were expecting rubbish seats. Block 10 row Y!!! But they were actually great, the last but one row from the back but right in front of the stage so there was no turning at an awkward angle to see stuff. Which was good until the man with the biggest head in the world sat in front of me. I could still see though. There were two empty seats next to me anyway. Old Serj took the stage, I have only heard one of his tunes but he was quite good. He has one of the most unmistakable voices in rock, almost mock operatic with his incredible vocal range and bizarre accent. They finished and about 45 minutes later the main event!!!  We had seen the Foo’s at the NEC on their last tour but I always forget just how much energy they have and what a fantastic show they put on. They took the stage and just ROCKED!!! I sung my heart out and leapt about and swayed until my knees ached, (I’m so too old to mosh). The little acoustic bit they do was even more fantastic than normal as a stage came down in the middle of the arena so they were actually really close to us. The acoustic bit involved some more musicians coming on with a cello, violin and an accordion, oh and for some reason Taylor had some help playing the drums at that point too, (ahh beautiful Talyor Hawkins, mmmm). Dave played most of Everlong on his own as I’m sure everybody reading this that have heard the Foo’s live will have heard, just stunning.  At this point the two empty seats found their owners, a couple wandered in watched a few songs then disappeared again for a fag. Very odd, they came back but then left before the encore. Speaking of encores, the set finished and they left the stage. There was much screaming foot stamping and clapping. Suddenly on the big screens behind the instruments a face appeared, it was Dave, he was outside having a fag. He gestured that he didn’t want to play anymore, we all booed, he held up a finger to say he would play 1 more song, we all booed, this went on until he agreed to play 3. They came back on stage and I think played 5 more tunes. Dave said that they were enjoying it so much that they would just play until they couldn’t play anymore. Seeing Taylor Hawkins leave the stage at the end I think that was true. He could barely stand and it took his last iota of energy to throw his drumsticks into the crowd.  Yay for the Foo Fighters. I can barely talk or walk this morning and I missed Liverpool wining 8-0 last night but it was worth it.