Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
Oh. My. God. I think I am in love. With Dave Grohl that is! After seeing him live with his band, the Foo Fighters, on Monday night, I now think he is pretty much the coolest guy ever. In the entire world. Seriously. One of the band’s roadies came up to me during the first song Let It Die and told me to get my camera ready because Dave was going to come over to the speakers right in front of me and be about five feet away. The picture below is proof that indeed, the roadie was telling the truth. I will be forever grateful for his warning, however random it seemed at the time.
I landed two front row seats on the side of the stage for my friend Ashley and me and we probably had some of the best seats in the entire arena! We even had closer seats than the people who work for the band’s record label. No joke, those label reps and their +1s were sitting in the third and fourth rows of the next section over, farther from the stage. Ha ha ha.
We found out from a paramedic standing near us, that the Foo Fighters were going to play a 40-minute set on the main stage, then a 50-minute acoustic set on a smaller stage at the opposite end of the arena, and then end with a 40-minute set back on the main stage. Sure enough, there was a catwalk that lead from the front main stage to the small stage that was lowered from its original position hanging from the ceiling.
To be completely honest, I have never been a big Foo fan. I only know their hits and radio singles. I see their music videos on MTV and VH1 every now and then. I do not know any of their lyrics by heart. But when given the chance to see this band for FREE, why would I not go? Of course I went, and I was blown away. Literally. I cannot stop thinking about their performance. I have never seen a lead singer/guitarist have so much interaction with his audience and fans in my life than at this concert. I have a whole new level of respect for this band and their frontman, my new hero, Mr. Grohl.
The picture above was taken when Dave came over to our side of the stage and pretty much looked right at my friend Ashley and me as I was taking photos of him. I was actually freaking out because I thought he would yell at me for taking his pic (ridiculous, I know). But it was an intense moment! You would have had to have been there to understand the feeling of having such rock royalty looking straight at you, burning holes in your eyes (ok, maybe I am over-analyzing this just a little). I will never forget that feeling of having a split-second connection with a musician as talented as Dave Grohl.
If you have not had the opportunity to see the Foo Fighters live in concert, I highly recommend that you figure out some way to make that happen before you die. This band is amazing and extremely talented. There were so many improvised guitar and drum solos, I cannot even begin to tell you how impressed I was by Dave and Taylor’s (Hawkins) talent at playing their instruments. You will not be bored or disappointed. I just bought the new Foo album titled Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace this morning on iTunes before leaving for work. I just HAD to have those songs from Monday night. I cannot stop listening to Let It Die! This may be the first FF album that I have ever bought, but it will NOT be the last. I am a fan for life now.
Buy the new Foo Fighters album, or any of their albums really!
Go see the Foo Fighters in concert in a city near you RIGHT NOW!
Fall in love with Dave Grohl – the coolest guy alive.