“You gotta bring some extra ammunition when you play a town like this,” said Dave Grohl, lead singer of Foo Fighters, during their sold-out Nashville performance on Saturday, Jan. 26. The band not only brought ‘extra ammunition,’ they brought a powder keg of high octane, fist-pumping rock ‘n roll.
Opening the show with “Let it Die” off their 2007 release Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, the band’s energy and the crowd’s enthusiasm never slowed down.
“There’s a lot of stuff we have to try and fit into this rock ‘n roll extravaganza,” said Grohl. The near two-hour performance featured songs off all seven albums released by the band since their inception in 1995.
The band played several hard hitting sing-a-longs such as “Breakout,” “The Pretender” and “Stacked Actors” from the main stage, before relocating to a smaller stage at the opposite end of the auditorium to play several acoustic tunes.
The stripped-down versions of the classic Foo Fighters’s songs “Everlong,” “Times Like These” and “My Hero” seemed to transform the sold-out auditorium into an intimate club with every voice passionately singing along.
The acoustic portion of the concert shifted the spotlight to drummer Taylor Hawkins during the song “Cold Day in the Sun,” on which he sings the lead vocal. This song was another high point of the evening, with Hawkins’ gravelly voice harkening back to pure 1970’s classic rock.
“All My Life,” the first single released off the band’s 2002 album, One by One, served as the final song of the night with Grohl growling, “It’s the last song. Let’s dance!” The crowd obliged with arms raised and heads banging.
In addition to stellar live performances, Grohl, Hawkins, guitarist Chris Shiflett and bassist Nate Mendel recently received five Grammy nominations for Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance.
The band is scheduled to play “The Pretender” during the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. The performance will be part of “My Grammy Moment,” a contest in which unsigned musicians can enter for the chance to perform onstage with Foo Fighters during the award show. John Paul Jones, of Led Zeppelin, will conduct the orchestra comprised of winners.
To view submissions and vote for the winner, log on to www.youtube.com/mygrammymoment. The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will air Feb. 10th on CBS.