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Concert Reviews:
Foo Fighters rock ever-long at Little Caesars Arena
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com,@GraffonMusic on Twit

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DETROIT -- Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl promised "a long night of rock 'n' roll" as he led the band on stage Monday night, Oct. 15, at Little Caesars Arena.



And that's exactly what the sextet, as usual, delivered as it roared through two hours and 45 minutes of loud, proud and gleefully and unapologetically indulgent rock that both promoted the Foos' latest album, 2017's "Concrete and Gold," and gave a nod to the band's upcoming 25th anniversary in 1999. "Do you know why Foo Fighters are here tonight? 'Cause I (expletive) love rock 'n' roll music," Grohl declared before leading the group into a boogie jam during "The Pretender."



That passion -- sometimes gratuitous, never insincere -- was on display throughout the night. Only the Foos would throw a drum solo into the show after just 10 minutes, with Taylor Hawkins lifted on a hydraulic riser no less? "I want to give you more," Grohl explained. And rest assured there was an overflowing abundance of rock 'n' roll exuberance emanating from the stage.



What makes it work is that nobody is having more fun than Grohl and Hawkins -- and, presumably, the four stoic bandmates playing behind them. The infectious enthusiasm that makes Grohl one of rock's most popular, and ubiquitous, personalities cast a glow over both his group and the audience in front of him, making it easy and even enjoyable to follow him down even what seem like the silliest of paths.



There was plenty of music amidst the shenanigans, mind you -- screaming, extended renditions of songs like "Walk," "These Days," "Arlandia," "Times Like These," "Learn to Fly," "My Hero," "Best of You" and more, including a clever mash-ups of "All My Life" and Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" and John Lennon's "Imagine" with the lyrics of Van Halen's "Jump." Melodic integrity is for the Foos' records; In concert these became face-melting, blast-furnace explosions that pushed Grohl's voice into guttural ecstasy that made it a wonder he could still sing two minutes later, much less well over two hours.



Even when the Foos sought to capture some of its studio sophistication, bringing a trio of female back-up singers on for a pair of songs from "Concrete and Gold," the noise won out in the end.



And that was just fine with a Little Caesars crowd that was sucked in from the opening notes of "Run" through the appropriately titled final encore, "Everlong," and obeyed every one of Grohl's ovation-milking overtures. Lasers from above etched images, including the band's logo, into the amplifiers. A long and loose band introduction section let the Foos roll through the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop" and Queen's "Under Pressure," with Hawkins on lead vocals and Grohl -- whose first wife was from Grosse Pointe -- back on the drums he played in Nirvana.



And though he lamented that "Foo Fighters shows are turning into 'The Price is Right,'" he did bring a young fan on stage to watch the show from beside the drum kit -- along with his father. "I'm not kidnapping him," Grohl said. "You want him with ME for the next two hours? Get up here with your kid!'"



By the end of the night all parties were wrung out -- but probably ready for more, too. Grohl noted that the Foos have just two more shows left on the group's current tour, with no concrete plans for the future. "I don't know when we're gonna come back," he said, "but I knew we will. What the (expletive) else am I gonna do? Start a barbeque company?"



If he does it will be just another way for Grohl to have Foos fans eating out of his hand.

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