Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Foo Fighters Gig Top 10 moments

I went to the Foo Fighters on Tuesday at the Vector Arena. Honestly, I don't know where to start. There were so many awesome factors that made the night one of the best gigs I have ever been to. Although I've done this recently I thought to make it easier reading (and for my ability to express how the night was) so I've put together the top 10 things of the night.
So here we go:

1. The greatest walkway.
So my good friend Kevin decided that although the gig started at 8, and the Foos would still only come on at 8:45, he would take a half day off work and cruise in to get good general admission placing - arriving at the prompt time of 4pm. Can somebody say "what a legend friend"? The stage was set up in a way that also had a huge walkway, approx 30m, that went right through the middle of the crowd, right into the centre of the stadium. Kevin just happened to get their early enough that we managed to be standing right next to the walkway - 1.5m away. Everytime Dave Grohl ran down the walkway with his arm furiously strumming his strings I was there with my arms stretched as far as possible with a camera capturing every moment. I've decided that one day when we get our own church building I shall demand a walkway that goes right into the centre of the congregation - with some sort of pully system that pulls my drumkit along it.


2. The falling, fully set stage.
At the end of the long walkway was a circular hole which at the time seemed useless. But, while they played one of the best songs of the night, nobody seemed to notice a second stage slowly falling from the roof. It had a drumkit, mini grand piano, percussion kit, bass, electric guitar and 3 mic stands sitting all set up ready for the Foos to run down the walkway and play an acoustic session right next to us.

3. The triangle solo
This guy was a legend. Never have I seen a triangle solo done so well in my life. It obviously wasn't as good as a drum solo, there's only so much you can do with one metal piece in the shape of triangle and a tiny metal rod, but it definitely inspired me to reconsider my destiny as a drummer and begin thinking seriously of the possibility of my future as a professional triangle soloist.

4. "Everlong", the band explosion and the now-famous guitar throw
Personally, one of my favourite Foo Fighters songs is called Everlong. If you haven't heard it... well, shame on you. Half way through the acoustic set the rest of the band left and Dave Grohl played some acoustic songs on his own. 
When he started playing the song Everlong the crowd went manic and were crazy in expectation of it being played. The song is often played with just an acoustic guitar for the first 3 or so verses and going into the chorus again the band explodes, coming to life to create a huge array of volume, energy and dynamics for the rest of the song. Dave Grohl was in the centre of the stage coming to the end of the third verse with still the band nowhere to be seen and expectation going through the roof - when suddenly he throws his electric guitar with strength at the stage just as the rest of the band explodes into the mighty chorus. Needless to say you don't need video footage to imagine how crazy the entire arena went when this happened.

5. The lights, screens and deaf light techies
You can understand that for a band and tour of this magnitude the lighting was always going to be epic. They didn't disappoint. Screens came to life full of live footage from the stage and more lights than I could count were alive and kicking in a spectacular, hugely colourful way. As the stage crew were setting up in preparation for the band, we chuckled (with style, of course) as 4 lighting techies climbed dodgy ladders to the top of the lighting rig, strapping themselves in so they could light the band wherever they walked. We could only imagine how their ears were going to feel by the end of the gig with an unimaginable amount of front-of-house speakers right next to them. No amount of earplugs mashed into ear casums could save their eardrums up there. I wonder if they're beginning to hear something else other than a ring yet?

6. Everybody's favourite gig goer - the moshpit hash smoker.
Yes, there always has to be one. And this one just happened to be close enough to us that I was beginning to feel abit trippy but still just far enough away for me not to discover who the loser was. There would be these wafts of the pleasant smell of pot being smoked and slowly making its way towards my friends and I, conveniently coming to rest just above where we were standing. From then on I found I enjoyed the night so much more :)

7. Taylor Hawkin's drum solo
I haven't always been a fan of the bogan, bearded, cigarette-hanging-stylishly-from-the-mouth look (not my first choice of look for playing drums at church) but dispite that the guy can play the drums. His drum solo was legendary. Not many words can describe the talent and skill of a guy whose toured the world numerous times over and probably plays triplets in his sleep. One word can - legendary.

8. The male stripper
It was one of the band's guitarists birthday that night and near the end of the set, in the middle of a song, what seemed to be a rampant fan jumped onto the stage. Suddenly he stripped right down to undies and began dancing for the guitarist; a thoughtful birthday gift from the rest of the band. You can understand why I didn't take a photo. Actually, I don't know how this made the top ten list. That's awkward.

9. The live feed encore
The band 'finished' their set and went backstage while the lights continued to stay on and people were left hoping they were a cool enough band to still do the cliche encore. After a good few minutes, when it seemed all hope was almost lost, up came a live feed on the screens of backstage. The camera went up against the back wall and began going down the setlist of the night until it came to the bottom of the page and sat their for a second or two. Slowly, the camera turned around and there, with the entire screen full, was Grohl's face. He teased the crowd with the possibility of 1 more song and they went mental. Seconds later the band came on to play the one final encore song. Which in fact turned into 7 songs.

10. The great rock-loving, concert-experience friends
It was awesome to experience an awesome band with such awesome friends. There is nothing worse than travelling the world or seeing an amazing sunrise without anybody else to talk about it with or to experience it with. These guys were the whole reason I went and made the whole time 10x better because I knew they were having the same great time that I was. And, without them I wouldn't have had anybody to hold me up by my hips and help me see over the ridiculously tall general admission people standing in front of me who really should have been standing at the back. Ahh, got to love friends... with long legs.

52 comments:

Random Rambler said...

Sounds like an awesome gig.
Male stripper... nice.

Was nice to meet you on the motorway today! That was you, right?

Rhys Lake said...

Haha yeah that was me. I thought you were waving to me but I later realised you were probably waving to Sam. I had no idea who you were - I now have a face to recoginise :)

Random Rambler said...

I figured if i waved to you, then you would say "Hey Sam this random girl that I don't know just waved hard-out at me" and Sam would be like "Oh, where? Her? that's liz"
So yeah. Have a fun weekend.

What with no spare tire etc.?

Random Rambler said...

i mean. have a fun weekend?

Rhys Lake said...

Haha yeah that's actually exactly what happened! Good times. Yeah the weekend didn't go exactly as we planned, sitting on the side of a main mountain road with two punctured tires on the side of the road, one of them being our spare wasn't completely in our to-do list of the weekend.

Great story within that which will be my next post... when I get some time - hopefully tomorrow. Stay tuned :)

lagot said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Sara

http://pianotutorial.net

Anonymous said...

buy xanax 2mg does xanax show up in hair drug test - xanax and alcohol more drug_interactions

Anonymous said...

ativan drug ativan vs xanax flying anxiety - much ativan addiction

Anonymous said...

zolpidem high zolpidem 6468 - zolpidem 10 mg tablet picture

Anonymous said...

ambien without prescriptions ambien hypnotic drug - ambien side effects liver damage

Anonymous said...

xanax for sale without prescription many pills xanax overdose - effects xanax unborn fetus

Anonymous said...

purchase xanax xanax dosage 0.25 - cheapest xanax online-no prescription

Anonymous said...

buy valium buy valium online - order valium online canada

Anonymous said...

sniffing diazepam diazepam insufflation - diazepam withdrawal after short term use

Anonymous said...

buy diazepam diazepam dosage social anxiety - diazepam 10mg nebenwirkungen

Anonymous said...

ativan for sale order ativan online in canada - where can i buy lorazepam online

Anonymous said...

diazepam 10 mg long do diazepam side effects last - diazepam 2 mg +uses

Anonymous said...

diazepam 10 mg diazepam dosage humans - diazepam qt prolongation

Anonymous said...

no prescription:valium buy valium online uk no prescription - clonazepam generic valium

Anonymous said...

cheapest valium buy valium no prescription uk - valium and hydrocodone

Anonymous said...

zolpidem no prescription taking ambien high altitudes - ambien cr yellow side

Anonymous said...

buy valium online valium treatment high blood pressure - where can i get valium online

Anonymous said...

buy ambien online ambien side effects sleep eating - price generic ambien walgreens

Anonymous said...

valium purchase diazepam valium half life - valium dosage how supplied

Anonymous said...

Blogger: Rhys Lake - Post a Comment order acomplia online - acomplia no prescription http://www.a6soft.com/#acomplia-no-prescription

Anonymous said...

Blogger: Rhys Lake - Post a Comment ventolin no prescription - ventolin online http://www.ventolinforsaleonline.com/#ventolin-online

Anonymous said...

Hi, MoxoredapeTox ambien for sale - order ambien online http://topandhra.com/#order-ambien-online

Anonymous said...

Hcg Injectable Drug prednisolone no prescription - prednisolone online http://www.prednisone4sale.com/#prednisolone-online

Anonymous said...

Hello, buy accutane without prescription - generic isotretinoin http://www.wheretobuymedsonline.com/accutane/

Anonymous said...

Undersea Hyperbaric Medicine Meeting acomplia online - generic acomplia http://www.buydiscountedisotretinoin.net/#generic-acomplia

Anonymous said...

Hello, finasteride sale - purchase finasteride online http://www.wheretobuymedsonline.com/propecia/

Anonymous said...

Hello, generic propecia online - order propecia online no prescription http://www.wheretobuymedsonline.com/propecia/

Anonymous said...

Hello, venlafaxine online pharmacy - buy venlafaxine online no prescription http://www.effexorcostonline.com/#buy-venlafaxine-online-no-prescription

Anonymous said...

Hello, lipitor online no prescription - buy atorvastatin no prescription http://www.costoflipitoronline.net/#buy-atorvastatin-no-prescription

Anonymous said...

advitleva premarin price - premarin sale http://www.premarindiscount.com/

Anonymous said...

Alchemy Designer Drugs topamax without rx - topamax weight loss http://www.topamaxbetterprice.com/

Anonymous said...

Drug Users In Canadian Prisons cost of topamax - topiramate online no prescription http://www.topamaxbetterprice.com/

Anonymous said...

Birthcontrol Pills Help Lose Weight cheap xanax online no prescription - cost of xanax http://www.commercialinterior.net/, buy cheap xanax

Anonymous said...

tfv cytotec medication - order cytotec no prescription http://www.cytoteconlinecheap.net/#discount-cytotec, [url=http://www.cytoteconlinecheap.net/#discount-cytotec]buy generic cytotec no prescription [/url]

Anonymous said...

1, [url=http://www.effexorbenefits.net/]Cheap Effexor[/url] - Buy Venlafaxine - buy effexor online http://www.effexorbenefits.net/.

Anonymous said...

Hi, ativan without rx - order lorazepam online http://www.onlinepharmdiscount.com/ativan/, [url=http://www.onlinepharmdiscount.com/ativan/]ativan sale [/url]

Anonymous said...

Li, accutane for sale - buy roaccutane http://www.isotretinoinrxonline.net/, [url=http://www.isotretinoinrxonline.net/]accutane no prescription[/url]

Anonymous said...

Li, neurontin without prescription - neurontin no prescription http://www.neurontinonlineprice.net/, [url=http://www.neurontinonlineprice.net/]order neurontin[/url]

Anonymous said...

Hi, terbinafine medication - terbinafine online pharmacy http://www.0101f.com/, [url=http://www.0101f.com/]lamisil online[/url]

Anonymous said...

Hi, propecia 5mg - buy propecia online no prescription http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com/propecia.html, [url=http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com/propecia.html]finasteride 5mg[/url]

Anonymous said...

4, [url=http://www.lamisilfast24.net/]buy terbinafine tablets online [/url] - buy generic terbinafine - terbinafine 250 mg without prescription http://www.lamisilfast24.net/.

Anonymous said...

4, Lunesta Cost - lunesta online http://www.lunestasleepaid.net/, [url=http://www.lunestasleepaid.net/] Lunesta Price [/url]

Anonymous said...

4, Cheap Eszopiclone - lunesta no prescription http://www.lunestasleepaid.net/, [url=http://www.lunestasleepaid.net/] Cheap Eszopiclone [/url]

Anonymous said...

2, [url=http://www.rcenter.net/]Cheap Sumatriptan[/url] - Imitrex Cost - imitrex no prescription needed http://www.rcenter.net/ .

Anonymous said...

2, [url=http://www.klonopincheaponline.com/]Klonopin's Effect On Anxiety[/url] - Klonopin's Effect On Anxiety - buy clonazepam no prescription http://www.klonopincheaponline.com/ .

Anonymous said...

5, [url=http://www.nexiumpricewatch.net/]buy nexium [/url] - generic nexium no prescription - nexium 20 mg http://www.nexiumpricewatch.net/.

Anonymous said...

12, [url=http://www.encuentrocubano.com/] Fluoxetine Cost [/url] - Prozac Online - cheap fluoxetine http://www.encuentrocubano.com/ .