By Michael Kooge
:: Foo Fighters
:: Western Springs, Auckland
:: December 14, 2011
Legendary US rockers Foo Fighters finished up their huge 2011 tour with a bang at Auckland's Western Springs last night to a massive 50,000 strong and soaked crowd.
The rain threatened to ruin the party, but once the boys took the stage for their meaty two and a half hour set it quickly went on its way.
The Foos effortlessly chugged through all their big hits and some new ones off their latest 'Wasting Light' (like two and a half hours was no biggie to them... it was for me, sore legs after an hour! Worth it though.)
You can't fault these guys, they've been playing together for nearly twenty years and are still going, stronger than ever.
Frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins shared a special moment about their years together when doing the band introductions mid-set. Taylor told the crowd that he'd been in the band for 15 years and that "Dave is one of the greatest musicians of all time", to which Dave replied coyly "I hate being famous, SHUT UP, SHUT UP." Really, he's gotta love it - with 50,000 fans singing along with you on every song you wrote yourself, you'd definitely love it.
And love it the Foos did, and appreciated where they were too. Dave said the last time they played New Zealand - at the Auckland Town Hall for the Christchurch Earthquake appeal - it was one of the "best concerts of their lives". Dave also said we were the loudest country in the world and that they're definitely coming back to play the Auckland Town Hall again... and next time they'd try for a four hour set. Whoar.
After the huge gig, 50,000 Kiwi Foos fans walked away tired and a little muddy, but most of all stoked to see one of the greatest bands of our time play live again on our shores.
Thanks Foos. See you next time.
source: newshub archive