Jul 6, 2018

Foo Fighters / The Struts - Merriweather Post

By Bob Suehs

 

FOO FIGHTERS / THE STRUTS

7/6/18 

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Columbia, MD

 The Struts Set List:  Put Your Hands Up, Body Talks, The Ol’ Switcheroo, Primadonna Like Me, Kiss This, Put Your Money On Me, Could Have Been Me, Where Did She Go

 Foo Fighters Set List:  All My Life (Cat Scratch Fever Interlude), Learn To Fly, The Pretender, The Sky Is A Neighborhood, Rope, Sunday Rain, My Hero, These Days, Walk, Under My Wheels (Alice Cooper Cover), Another One Bites The Dust (Queen Cover), Jump/Imagine Mash up, Blitzkrieg Bop, Under Pressure, Monkey Wrench, Wheels, This Is A Call, Breakout, Dirty Water, Run, Best of You, ENCORE:  Times Like These, Everlong

 “Ima go downy ocean an get sum jumbo’s an a natty boy.” quipped Dave Grohl as he paid homage to the hometown crowd by talking in a Maryland dialect.

 Opening night on the Summer 2018 leg of the Foo’s “Concrete and Gold” tour kicked off in Maryland at Merriweather Post Pavilion to a sold out crowd.  The weather was mild and a cool breeze blew as The Struts took the stage a little after 7 PM.

 Luke Spiller is a flamboyant frontman with the power to make a crowd move by simply raising his hands.  Luke and The Struts are a gutsy English band that conquered the rock world by delivering jaw dropping performances to sold out crowds.  Grohl told a story during the Foo Fighters set of how he witnessed The Struts perform at the 9:30 Club in DC and that loved the band so much he wanted them to be the opening act on their “Concrete and Gold” tour.  Grohl wound up taking The Struts out for nearly 8 months of touring and that exposure helped The Struts gain a broader fanbase.

 Luke informed the audience that they would have a new record in stores soon and their debut single off the new record, “Body Talks” went over well.  A new song titled, “Primadonna Like Me” was performed and it’s a Queen-ish sounding rocker with 70’s styled rock n roll swagger.

 The Foo Fighters took the stage after 8 PM and their set ran for nearly 2.5 hours with quite a few jam interludes where band members were allowed to stretch their musical muscles and perform random covers.  Guitarist Pat Smear did “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones, Guitarist Chris Shiflett sang lead vocals on “Under My Wheels” by Alice Cooper, Bassist Nate Mendel performed “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen, Drummer Taylor Hawkins sang lead vocals with Luke from The Struts for a cover of “Under Pressure” by Queen/David Bowie, Keyboardist Rami Jaffee performed “Imagine” by John Lennon and during this cover Grohl sang the words to “Jump” by Van Halen which actually created quite an interesting mash up.

 Drummer Taylor Hawkins paid homage to Eddie Van Halen by wearing Van Halen striped shorts and an Eddie Van Halen shirt.

 Foo Fighters are clearly big KISS fans, Shiflett has an Ace Frehley sticker on his cream colored Les Paul, inside his guitar case was a “Rock N Roll Over” poster, and during Taylor Hawkins drums solo his kit rose up just like Peter Criss’s did.  

 Grohl spoke of growing up in the Maryland/DC area and spoke on local rock radio.  DC 101 and WHFS were mentioned, but oddly enough he omitted 98 Rock.

 Back up singers were brought onstage at various points during the show and Grohl joked that Foo Fighters had more members onstage than Slipknot in 2018.

 For those that say Rock is Dead, go see a Foo Fighters concert; this is the biggest American Rock N Roll show you will see in 2018.  There are very few artists in 2018 that bring the stage show, spontaneity, fun, craziness, and energy like Grohl and company give onstage.  Grohl thanked the crowd many times throughout the night for allowing him to live his dream of performing onstage, he said more than once that he loved his job and that playing rock n roll was the thing he loved the most in this world.

 It’s a long way to the top if you wanna Rock N Roll and The Foo Fighters are indeed at the very top!

Nirvana were around less than 1/3 of the time that The Foo Fighters have been together but have sold 3 times as many records as Foo Fighters.  Much of that is due to the death of record companies and streaming becoming the dominant music platform.  As of July, 2018 the Foo Fighters have 9 studio albums under their belt and world wide they have released 36 singles!