“That’s just a little rock and roll.”
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is a master of understatement.
His band tore through a blistering three hour set Sunday night at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City during a stop on their Concrete and Gold Tour.
It marked the first visit to Shreveport-Bossier for the 20-plus year old band and Grohl and company — drummer Taylor Hawkins, guitarist Pat Smear, guitarist Chris Shiflett, bassist Nate Mendel and keyboardist Rami Jaffee — made up for lost time.
“You people paid your hard earned money to be here,” Grohl said before assuring the crowd they would get their money’s worth. And how.
The band opened with “Run,” a single from their latest album “Concrete and Gold” before playing a slew of crowd favorites across their career.
Watching the band take a hit rock song like “The Pretender” and go off on a tangent that played more like a musical rollercoaster than a breakdown, it’s easy to forget that when the band formed in 1994, it was more like an alternative supergroup.
Formed by Grohl in the wake of Nirvana’s dissolution from Kurt Cobain’s death, the band consisted of emo founders Sunny Day Real Estate bassist Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith and Pat Smear of the legendary punk band The Germs, as well as touring guitarist for Nirvana. Even when Goldsmith quit the band, he was replaced by Hawkins, who was in Alanis Morisette’s touring outfit.
Going on to become one of the quintessential 90s alternative bands, the Foo Fighters have more than made a name for themselves and the setlist proved it. Everything from staples such as “Monkeywrench” and “Breakout” to “Times Like These” and the eternal “Everlong” allowed the band to flex its muscle and remind everyone that, as Grohl said, they have a lot of songs. But inventive use of video screens, laser lights, and even a drum riser that saw Hawkins tower above the stage and play a John Bonham-esque drum solo elevated the show above a greatest hits retread.
Grohl introduced each member of the band and allowed them a brief segue way that saw everything from a cover to a surreal, but hilarious, mashup of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Van Halen’s “Jump.” Yet the band was deft enough to sell it. But maybe the entire highlight of the show was when Hawkins took lead vocal duty and was joined by frontman of opening band The Struts, Luke Spiller, to crank out Queen and David Bowie’s classic “Under Pressure” with Spiller nailing Mercury and Hawkins doing justice to Bowie.
After all the twists and turns and the last note of “Everlong” faded into dissonance, both the crowd and band seemed as energetic as ever, proving Grohl right when he said he could “do this all night.”
After all, it’s only “a little bit of rock and roll.” But we liked it.