Who: The Foo Fighters
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto
When: 8 July 2015
In One Word: Belting
The Foo Fighters kicked on the first ‘broken’ leg of their 20th anniversary tour at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre last night in Toronto.
Appropriately titled the “Broken Leg Tour” due to front man Dave Grohl’s accidental stage fall during a performance in Gothenburg, Sweden, which left Grohl in a custom throne fit for the injured rocker. Loosely based on the Iron Throne from the fantasy show Game of Thrones, Grohl explained at one of his previous shows he designed the chair while being heavily medicated in the hospital.
Despite Grohl’s constraint to the moving throne, it did not limit the intensity of The Foos live show fans have come to expect and adore. Joined on stage by original bassist Nate Mendel, the legendary Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear on rhythm guitar, the furious drumming of Taylor Hawkins, lead guitarist Chris Shiflett and keyboardist Remi Jaffee, collectively the Foos put on a show that had the entire audience on their feet.
Combining an excellent array of their definitive and newer songs, along with some outstanding covers, which included “Cinnamon Girl” by celebrated Canadian musician Neil Young, and “Tom Saywer” specially dedicated to the mother of Rush rocker Geddy Lee, who sat on the side stage with Grohl’s mother.
Throughout the mixture of their well-known classics like “Monkey Wrench”, “Everlong” and “This Is a Call” and hits off their 2014 album ‘Sonic Highways’, Grohl’s notorious interaction with the crowd kept everyone on their feet, laughing and cheering at his witty banter. But don’t be fooled, without the entire effort of the Foos lineup their performance wouldn’t have been the spectacle that it was, which included Smear’s exaggerated and flamboyant motions while strumming away on his guitar.
Lucky are the Foo Fighters fans who are able to catch their second gig tonight at the Amphitheatre, brace yourselves for a 2-hour plus performance and perhaps, depending how many of the songs you belt out, the loss of your voice from singing along!
© Alejandra Fretes, Music Vice
Learn to Fly
Something From Nothing
I’m The One (Van Halen cover)
Another Bites the Dust (Queen cover)
Tom Sawyer (Rush cover)
Cold Day in the Sun
My Hero (Acoustic)
Times Like These (Acoustic)
Under Pressure (Queen Cover)
All My Live
Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young cover)
This Is a Call
Stay With Me (Faces cover)
Best of You
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