Posted in music | pictures on February 20, 2008

photos by Bao Nguyen

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

Foo Fighters @ MSG

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Comments (59)

that's his fucking metal face!

Posted by booby the rookie | February 20, 2008 1:57 PM

give'em da horns

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | February 20, 2008 2:00 PM

phht...they're no "Justice"

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:08 PM

I am so glad i saw them at Irving so as not having to go to see this at MSG but Bao Nguyen I have to give it up to you. Those are some really amazing pictures. Best things i have ever seen you do.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:09 PM

So jealous. Kudos to you!

Posted by GOPster | February 20, 2008 2:12 PM

dave grohl has had such a crazy/geographically lucky career.

drummer of Scream in DC during the height of DC punk rock
drummer of nirvana...seattle ect.
big career as a songwriter...grammys ect.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:13 PM

as timeout said in the preview...would any of you ever have guessed 14 years ago that the drummer of nirvana would sell out msg as the lead singer/guitarist of a new band?

congrats to him...he seems like he's got the right idea.

anyone remember when his first nyc show was at tramps with mike watt?

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:14 PM

ok - so being a typical BV hipster/indie rock snob/blogger i was pretty bored with the idea of attending last nights foo fighters concert. But, of course, they completely tore up msg last night. reminded me of everything that is great about "arena rock." don't get me wrong, i'd still rather see wilco at the masonic temple or complain about good bands getting booked at terminal 5, but last nights show was good slap in the face by a real rock and roll legend, and a band that rightfully deserves to sellout msg and be shit on by us holier than thou musical wankers.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:14 PM

"anyone remember when his first nyc show was at tramps with mike watt?"

was at that show. jammed, sweaty greatness.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:17 PM

wish i was there last night. Anyone got a setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:20 PM

Great photos. Shitty, *pompous* fucking band. Sorry, it's true.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:23 PM

don't forget hovercraft from that Tramps show. with eddie vedder in a colorful afro wig. great nyc night.

Posted by jeff | February 20, 2008 2:25 PM

they've been playing the same setlist all tour including last night--

Let It Die
The Pretender
Times Like These
Breakout
Learn To Fly
Cheer Up Boys
This is a Call
Stacked Actors/Drum Solo

ACOUSTIC SET
Skin N Bones
Marigold
My Hero
Cold Day In The Sun
But Honestly
Everlong

Monkey Wrench
All My Life
ENCORE
Big Me
Long Road to Ruin
Best of You

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:27 PM

I was hoping for some AM! pictures, too. Oh well...

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:30 PM

Anon 2:14, very well said!

I'm a casual fan of the Foos, but I've seen them twice and both times they've been awesome. Great band.

Posted by tremags | February 20, 2008 2:34 PM

what did those of you who were there think of against me and serj? I was looking forward to both sets and thought against me were pretty decent (does their newer stuff remind anyone else of sparta?), serj/soad have always been a guilty pleasure and i thought his new band was great...

(bring on the hate)

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:39 PM

Wow, they played Marigold? I have no idea about the Foo Fighters, they could have been playing it for years for all I know, but I somehow just assumed Marigold had been left as a Nirvana B-side that no one ever paid much attention to.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 2:47 PM

i saw the foos open for the chili peppers when i was in 6th grade on the californication tour.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 3:05 PM

Saw the Foos play the Brixton Academy, London in gees 1996..oh I'm giving away my age-I got into music real young ;-) It was a really good night-small venue etc.
Really liked their first album, went off them for a few albums and now love rocking out to Long Road to Ruin so for me it's been quite an on-able and off-able affair.
Like it or not, Dave Grohl has carved out a career which most people would give an arm and a leg for and I think they've made some decent tunes along the way

Posted by Chalky | February 20, 2008 3:06 PM

I was at that Tramps show as well (kinda). Mike Watt was the headliner and the Foo's were opening.

I will never forget it because it was the only gig I had tickets to but never actually got in to see the show. I waited on line for 3 hours because it was overbooked with "VIP's" and folks on the guest list. Apparently Eddie Vedder and others were playing with Watt so that combined with the Foo's first NYC gig made it a total debacle.

Posted by 4allthecows | February 20, 2008 3:14 PM

Fuse showed 1 hour of the converts without commercials. It was definitely a good show.

FYI, it replays this week

Sat 1AM & 4PM
Sun 3PM
Mon 9PM

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 3:19 PM

i was at that tramps show, amazing. eddie veddor played too with his wife's band, hovercraft. great night.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 3:20 PM

The best concert at MSG since Ratt in '87.I thought that Dave would whip it out for the screaming chicks at one point,but the whole band are family men with that "nice normal dudes" image going.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 3:21 PM

Did anyone see the '96 Foo Fighters tour? I was there but cannot recall the line up. I want to say it was either That Dog or The Amps opening and then the Meat Puppets and then the Foo Fighters...? Memory refresher anyone?

Posted by Eric | February 20, 2008 3:28 PM

"would any of you ever have guessed 14 years ago that the drummer of nirvana would sell out msg as the lead singer/guitarist of a new band?"

Yes.The Foo Fighters are Nirvana light.I'm not saying that is bad or good.But what other "post-punk" band are played on Light FM and WPLJ?Dave Grohl is like Obama-everybody likes him,but there is not much substance there.The Foo Fighters are a very mainstream band that even my mom likes.That 50 something dudes can feel hip to (like the grammy voters).Lets not forget that Nirvana-one of the biggest indie punk turned alternative bands in history-won 0 grammy's while Cobain was alive.Because Kurt Cobain thought that one of his missions was to piss people off.He had punk in his blood.Dave Grohl is mr jokey middle of the road entertainer with a goofy grin.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 3:41 PM

that annoying mentos song, right there I knew he was a sell out.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 3:45 PM

Anon. 3:45, you do know "that annoying mentos song" was a video for an unrelated FF song that was a takeoff on the Mentos commercials, right? Just checking.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 3:55 PM

no pics of the hot bassist

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 4:00 PM

Did anyone else attend the Foo Fighters first headlining gig in NYC in 1995 at the Academy? It was them with Shudder to Think and Skiploader. First show I ever went to. It was great.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 4:02 PM

Gosh '96, hmm I went through a stage around that time where the Sultans of ping FC seemed to be supporting everyone who played at the Brixton Academy but don't think it was them supporting the Foos. ummm honestly can't remember. Anyone?

I am on the other hand utterly sickened by the Osbourne family ambush of the brit awards on tv right now. The Arctic Monkeys seem like a bunch of total goofs accepting their award and well there's not really much else to write about. It's pretty crap really. They've just wheeled fabba macca on try to save things but it's gone beyond that.

Posted by Chalky | February 20, 2008 4:44 PM

Anon 3:41

I don't think the Foos ever claimed to be "post-punk" or "indie." They can't help if they get nominated for grammy's, nor they can they help if your Mom likes them. How about trying to listen to bands that you like rather than judging them by who their fans are. If we all judged bands by this standard than I would certainly not be a Strokes fan.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 4:45 PM

Anon-3:45: You're a sellout. Grohl rules!

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 4:54 PM

yeah I knew about the mentos, I still hated that song, and vid. Hated Monkey Wrench too.

btw how great is Bao Nguyen? amazing pics.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 4:54 PM

Wow Bao, great pics.

Is that the Waage I see in the crowd in the second pic?

Posted by Wiz | February 20, 2008 5:14 PM

i hated EVERYTHING about this show. i wanted and was expecting something totally different from grohl and the fighters. this, however, is not to say that they didn't put on a good show. the epitome of arena rock, for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 5:18 PM

"""Did anyone see the '96 Foo Fighters tour? I was there but cannot recall the line up. I want to say it was either That Dog or The Amps opening and then the Meat Puppets and then the Foo Fighters...? Memory refresher anyone?"""

I saw them in 96. It was both The Amps and That Dog but no Meat Puppets (at least at the Roseland show).

Posted by mp77 | February 20, 2008 5:27 PM

i was at tramps for the first, still have the tshirt from that show that references the tour with watt.

and i might have a weenie beenie 12" somewhere too, or something goofy like that.

hovercraft, vedder and wasn't evan dando there as well?

Posted by scott Rogers | February 20, 2008 5:36 PM

Excuse for liking the Foo Fighters: _________?

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 5:42 PM

I saw Nirvana at the NY Colisseum back in the day. Last show they had in NYC.

Posted by E | February 20, 2008 5:52 PM

You were the fool and I feel sorry for you . . .

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 6:12 PM

stereogum has a lot of vids from the show....i haven't listened to the foos in years and i totally forgot how great/classic of a song everlong is.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 6:14 PM

Yikes,Everlong a classic song?That song is so overplayed and schmaltzy.Bleh.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 6:56 PM

Dave Grohl sure is Mr Metal in those pics.And that last pic of the mommy doing the metal horn sign next to her kid is so cheesy lol.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 7:09 PM

I think the kid is the one doing the horns.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 8:02 PM

these photos are amazing, Bao!

Posted by Leia | February 20, 2008 8:03 PM

i don't like him or his band, but you at least have to give dave grohl credit for not just riding things out. he's worked hard, if nothing else.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 8:18 PM

BV, your photo- and video-laden posts disrupt my Google reader at work, and I'm on the verge of unsubscribing you from my reader... unless you can clue me in on how to disable your photo- and video-heavy posts?

Thanks, (and goodbye?)
TJ

Posted by Doppelg | February 20, 2008 8:29 PM

FF at Tramps with Grohl playing drums in Mike Watts band, Dando tumble salting out on stage, Vedder playing with Hovercraft then Grohl debuting the awesome FF in NYC. Amazing show.

Posted by bk | February 20, 2008 11:13 PM

Great pics really look super pro...I saw Nirvana about 15 years ago at Drexel U and have loved Dave G. Since then. I heard they had a kid from make a wish come up and play drums...how was he

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2008 11:14 PM

These are amazing!... nice work - im super jealous :-)

Posted by Katie viau | February 20, 2008 11:25 PM

hey TJ - stopsurfingbrooklynveganatworklistentomorefoofighters

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 12:44 AM

Dave Grohl was a smiling, gum-chewing, hair-flopping, guitar-thrusting rock star when his band, Foo Fighters, headlined Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. He was also the guy who wrote and sang lyrics like “Hearts gone cold and hands are tied/Why’d you have to go and let it die?” in a voice that was both mournful and enraged, while the music moved from melancholy fingerpicking to a hard-rock stomp. His songs grow troubled, but Mr. Grohl himself never comes across as tortured.

That’s why Foo Fighters have lasted 13 years, nearly twice as long as Mr. Grohl’s previous band, Nirvana, which ended with the suicide of its songwriter, Kurt Cobain, in 1994. Mr. Grohl has accepted what Mr. Cobain could not: that a band playing loud, brawny rock is going to draw some beery, insensitive fans. And when the guitar riffs kick in — as they do in all the well-crafted Foo Fighters songs — those fans will pump their fists and sing along to any misgivings Mr. Grohl reveals.

Mr. Grohl’s lyrics offer about two-thirds dissension and doubt, and only one-third hope. But his melodic sense and the surge of the music are affirmation enough. Foo Fighters draw on folk-rock and the Beatles along with punk and Black Sabbath; there are always tunes in the blare. The band uses the dynamics that grunge learned from the Pixies — the quiet verses that suddenly blast into a chorus — as well as any band alive. Mr. Grohl sang and played most of “Everlong” alone with an electric guitar, then had the band bash in on a final chorus to make the crowd roar.

Foo Fighters played a meat-and-potatoes arena-rock show, self-congratulatory but thorough. “You’re gonna get a lot of bang for your buck,” Mr. Grohl promised. The show had a smaller second stage at the back of the arena for a (mostly) acoustic set, which had audience members chatting and wandering. There was a drum solo for Taylor Hawkins, dueling lead guitars between Mr. Grohl and Chris Shiflett, and additional musicians (violin, accordion, keyboards, percussion) sometimes supplementing the core Foo Fighters band, which also includes Nate Mendel on bass.

Even with some filibustering in midconcert and near the end, Foo Fighters didn’t fulfill Mr. Grohl’s promise to play for more than two hours. But when they plunged into the songs, inner turmoil found its extroverted face. There’s a political undercurrent to Mr. Grohl’s uneasiness on the latest Foo Fighters album, “Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace” (RCA). It showed up in one of the encores, “Long Road to Ruin,” and in the band’s choice of opening acts for this election-year tour, Serj Tankian and the Florida band Against Me!

Mr. Tankian led the hard-rock band System of a Down, which is now on what it describes as hiatus, before making his solo album, “Elect the Dead” (Serjical Strike/Reprise). His new songs seesaw between fury and sarcasm. As in System of a Down, his melodies hint at his Armenian-American heritage, while the music jumps between System’s old thrashing hard-rock and, now, some mock-classical piano filigree. As Mr. Tankian sang about all kinds of betrayal, from heartbreak to the lies of the media and politicians — with a cheerful chorus of “Lie, lie, lie, lie” — his cutting voice often turned into a sardonic sneer. Onstage, wearing a top hat, Mr. Tankian occasionally did a vaudeville strut, but there was no mistaking his scorn and anger.

By contrast, Against Me! was utterly earnest: a band with hardcore and punk roots that embraced melody and even vocal harmony on its album “New Wave” (Sire), to end up sounding more than ever like the Clash and Hüsker Dü. Against Me! adds two decades of self-consciousness in songs like “White People for Peace,” which doubts the effectiveness of protest songs. But it turns into one anyway, with the old punk fervor intact.

Posted by Jon Pareles for the NY Times | February 21, 2008 8:37 AM

I saw the Foos at my first concert in 1995 with Everclear and Boys Vs. Girls at Roseland Ballroom. Amazing then and amazing now on a larger scale.

Posted by Shawn Murphy | February 21, 2008 10:04 AM

i went to that Tramps show; Eddie Vettors's Hovercraft was a huge disappointment.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 10:30 AM

Your spelling is a huge disappointment.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 1:25 PM

I was never a huge FF fan, but I ended up having a great time at this show. These guys seem to still have fun in a way that's pretty contagious.

I have some pics here (admittedly not as good as Bao's):

http://fordhamobserver.wordpress.com/2008/02/21/foo-fighters-madison-square-garden/

Posted by Adam | February 21, 2008 9:10 PM

I had never heard of Against Me! before the show. I loved their hard driving sound and their intensity. Serj Tankian really plays up being a mad scientist on the stage. Twice he had to go back and get a new mike, very unique act.

Posted by Patrick | February 22, 2008 12:27 AM

What did you guys think of that triangle solo mid set? I thought it was hilarious and totally fitting for MSG. The kid from Make a Wish Foundation, Josh I think, was pretty cool. He played along Long Road to Ruin. Dave gestured a funny comment towards the end of the song, pretending to look at his watch , as if Josh was pulling off a long drums solo.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2008 1:29 PM

yeah I was there... I feel different now from being there.. I never thought I would say that.. of course I'm the dumbass with the beard dancing during MY HERO on Fuse for about 3 seconds...

I loved the triangle solo!!!

Posted by Matthew Lefler | March 16, 2008 5:41 AM

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