Foreword / Foo Fighters at Citi Field
The mighty Foo Fighters are at Citi Field this Wednesday and Thursday for the NYC leg of their Sonic Highways turned Broken Leg Tour. Front man Dave Grohl, who broke his leg rocking extra hard in Sweden earlier this summer, will be hobbled, but he’ll still be center stage on a guitar spangled rock throne, it seems, judging by previous tour photos. It’s a don’t miss show. I, for one, am a casual Foo fan, but, raised on all things 90s rock, and given the opportunity to see them live for the first time, I’m going.
So, in preparation for Wednesday night’s show, I cruised through my library and found a modest collection of Foo Fighters jams – singles from the band’s 1995 self-titled record and 1997’s The Colour and the Shape, full records from the band’s more recent catalogue – not too shabby. Still, feeling that my love of My Hero, Everlong, and Times Like These did not quite a Foo fan make, I took to the infallible internet, lapped some of the material I didn’t know, discovered that I actually do know almost all of it, and consequently had a few excellent trips to the gym.
To further brush up on my Foo, I watched the band’s HBO series Sonic Highways and took the long and complex trip down the musical rabbit hole and emerged on the other side genuinely dumbfounded by the band’s reach in terms of influence and influences. While the rabid fan will surely pooh-pooh my newfound admiration for the band as latecomer-dom, others like me, whose high school soundtrack was grunge heavy, and who bemoaned the arrival of Creed and Nickleback and the like, will surely find rock refuge at Citi Field this week.
So, what should you expect? The Foo, who seem to have taken up Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” mandate in the wake of Dave’s injury, have also taken a few of Queen’s favorites along with them on this tour, in addition to recurring Faces and Rush covers to round out their hit heavy set lists. Grohl and company, known for powerful live performances, are guaranteed to impress in this formidable stadium venue. And that’s the word this week, boys and girls. See you there.July 15, 2015 Foreword/Afterword David Burke Contributing Writer