Foo Fighters – Berlin gig review

27 June 2011

Written by: Lawrie Zion

Head bashing, eye popping, deafening drum beats and mesmerizing guitar lines are just some of the many qualities that can be used to describe what’s great about the Foo Fighters.

Formed in 1994 by Nirvana drummer David Grohl, who is now lead singer,the band’s name was inspired by UFO phenomena that allied aircraft pilots in World War II reported.

Now, six albums on in 2011, and hundreds of UFO sightings later, the Foo Fighters have released their new work, Wasting Light, stringing together quiet verses and loud choruses almost seamlessly in what is one of their best albums yet.

Away from home, the setting of the very popular concert venue was the Kindl-Bühne Wuhlheide, in an open air stadium in a secluded forest. Pretzel, bratwurst and beer stands provided the perfect atmosphere for a sold out rock concert in front of 15,000 adoring fans.

The night got off to a thrilling start with the band opening with the first song off their new album, ‘Bridges Burning,’ followed up closely by their hit single ‘Rope’. It didn’t take long for the massive mosh pit on the ground level of the stadium to roar to life.

The T-shape stage provided the perfect opportunity to entertain the masses of fans. Grohl raced up and down, performing endless guitar solos and vocal renditions, atop the speakers and at the tip of the stage, ushering the audience to join in on many occasions.

Meanwhile back on the stage insane drummer Taylor Hawkins was incredible, complementing the talent of Grohl, the movement of his sticks nailing fast-paced drum lines seemed almost flawless.

With so many electrifying songs on the night, it was hard to pick a favourite. But mine was ‘Times Like These’, which they performed towards the end of the set. It begins with a soft solo from David Grohl, shrouded in a pale blue spotlight. The band, which broke in to rock out the song afterwards, provided an exciting build up.Two songs later, a guest appearance from Grohl’s friend, lead singer of Motörhead, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister was the biggest surprise of the night , transforming the event into a rock and roll gig for the ages.

With some light still peeking through the sky, the Foo Fighters finished off the 23 song, 2-hour set with a stellar rendition of one of their greatest hits, ‘Everlong’ off their second album ‘The Colour and the Shape.’

The finish to this classic rock and roll gig still left the adrenaline pumping through your veins, with every fan hungry for an encore.

An international gig is something everyone should experience at least once, and the Foo Fighters is certainly a first class way to enjoy a German summer. I can’t wait to do it all over again.

Brendan Lucas is a second year Bachelor of Journalism student. You can check out his sparkadiar blog and follow him on Twitter @bplucas8