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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful:
Foo Fighters Rock It Hard!!!!!
Venue/Date: Allstate Arena (Rosemont, IL)
Concert Date:  
October 3rd, 2005
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Foo Fighters, Weezer keep alt-rock alive

October 5, 2005
BY ANDERS SMITH LINDALL

It's easy to read the fate of Foo Fighters and Weezer as a parable for alternative rock itself. In that mid-Nineties moment when the genre seemed both profitable and compelling, both bands exploded; a decade later, however, their lackluster new albums sound like two more nails in alt-rock's dusty coffin.

At the same time, each act is still selling records at a respectable clip -- Weezer's "Make Believe" and Foo Fighters' "In Your Honor" have shipped more than half a million copies apiece since their spring release dates -- and their joint tour drew a large and notably youthful crowd Monday night to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

As it happened, the show made a convincing argument for the continued live prowess of both bands. They may not have much new to say, but onstage they say it well.

Playing first, Weezer overcame both an acoustic environment that was bad even by the big gym's low standards (every drum crack and vocal yelp that hit the far wall splintered into a hundred echoes) and a set list front-loaded with new songs that failed to really ignite.

After a shambling, good-natured cover of his tour mates' early single "Big Me," though, Rivers Cuomo seemed to loosen up. When he worked his best rock-star poses in "A Perfect Situation," the fans responded, buoying him with shouts.

Just that quickly, the geek-rock heroes had gained momentum, and for the balance of the set they never let it sag. Whether it was the enormous, inescapable guitar and vocal hooks of "El Scorcho" and "Say It Ain't So" or Cuomo's neat populist trick of playing a solo version of "Island in the Sun" from a low riser at the rear of the arena's floor, every ploy succeeded.

In contrast, Foo Fighters saw Weezer's shiny pop and countered it with brute force. With the subdued Dave Grohl -- the one who duets with Norah Jones on his new album's all-acoustic second disc and pens wistful, jangling sitcom themes -- apparently locked in the tour bus, the shaggy, black-clad, bloody-throated yowler Dave Grohl was off his leash.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Foo Fighters Do It Again: Another Great Concert!!!
Venue/Date: The Wachovia Center (Philadelphia, PA)
Concert Date:  
October 13th, 2005
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Foo Fighters, Weezer satisfy at Wachovia

By Patrick Berkery
For The Inquirer

The bespectacled geeks of Weezer seem like the types who would have hung around the computer lab after school publishing a little emo fanzine.

Down the hall, you would have found the long-haired Foo Fighters, holed up in wood shop fashioning smoking paraphernalia from found parts while blasting Led Zeppelin on a boom box.

They form an unlikely alliance. But the principals of the co-headlining "Foozer" tour, which played a sold-out Wachovia Center Thursday, showed that if you fill an arena with the glorious noise of power chords and radio staples, the fans will come. And leave feeling they got bang for their buck.

With huge choruses, and guitar and drum sounds engineered to kill, Weezer has never hid its arena-rock ambitions - particularly on the last couple of albums, like this year's not-so-hot Make Believe.

That record's stomp-and-shout first single, "Beverly Hills," wants to be Joan Jett's "I Love Rock & Roll" and Steve Miller's "The Joker." It wants to be funny, too, though you can never really tell with Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo. Live, it did nothing but kill the buzz generated by the plowing "El Scorcho," with a jerky, funk backbeat supplied by drummer Pat Wilson, and the quiet-storm falsettos that steamed up "Say It Ain't So."

The Foos headlined this show (the acts alternate nightly), and leader Dave Grohl led them through an 80-minute set as though his hair were on fire. His throat probably was, the way he screamed through the martial opener "In Your Honor" and the head-rattling "All My Life."

They performed in front of what looked like an amplifier junkyard. After the sonic boom they unloaded on the Courtney Love-baiting song "Stacked Actors," and the Beach-Boys-on-Red-Bull encore "This Is a Call," they might have had a few more contributions to the pile.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Foo Fighters Rock Long Beach Arena
Venue/Date: Long Beach Arena (Long Beach, CA)
Concert Date:  
October 22nd, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Foo Fighters kick it up

By Natalie Nichols, Times Staff Writer


"I always wanted to be David Lee Roth," joked Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl before launching into his band's early hit "This Is a Call" on Saturday at Long Beach Arena. "And now I'm this close!"

Taking another step toward arena-rock-god status, the singer-songwriter-guitarist hurtled with gleeful intensity through 90 minutes of music from the Foos' new double album, "In Your Honor," and earlier works. The quartet combined a playful admiration for the majesty of rock with an affability that made such standouts as the thunderous anthem "In Your Honor" and the more vulnerable "Times Like These" irresistible.

Co-headliner Weezer's own melodically forceful tunes provided a sly counterpoint to Grohl's more down-to-earth expressions.Grohl bantered relentlessly, which threatened the momentum but highlighted his Labrador-retriever appeal. Not every tune was instantly memorable, but the players mined gems from the catalog and created variety with fluid dynamics. As usual, Grohl indulged in arena antics, including running into the crowd to ax-duel with guitarist Chris Shiflett during a blues-flecked take on "Stacked Actors." Surprisingly, despite the new album's "acoustic" disc, there was no acoustic interlude.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
foo fighters produce another great show...this review is not nice though
Venue/Date: KeyArena at Seattle Center (Seattle, WA)
Concert Date:  
October 26th, 2005
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Weezer whips out a wonderful workout

By TRAVIS HAY
SPECIAL TO THE POST-INTELLIGENCER

Take one part Foo Fighters. add one part Weezer and you get Foozer, an alt-rock spectacle that rocked KeyArena Wednesday night.

At first glance, the bill seems like a pairing of opposites, but the two bands contrasted one another well, one providing melodic rock with pop sensibilities and the other bringing an aural assault of screams and grinding guitars with a full-on metal mentality.

Weezer's set was unlike previous performances by the band. What made it so different and delightful was that eccentric frontman Rivers Cuomo seemed to be enjoying himself. Rumors have been circulating that this is the group's last tour, which could have spurred Cuomo's excitability on stage. If it was the last time the kings of geek rock play Seattle, they went out on a high note.

Cuomo declared it "new wave time" before beginning "Don't Let Go," and playfully announced his intention to rock before "Dope Nose." It was great to see him finally embrace his inner rock star, striking poses while hopping and bouncing as he played guitar.

In a fun turn of events, each member of the band took a turn singing while Cuomo played guitar, drums or keys. Like every Weezer show, the highlights came in the form of classics such as "Undone," "Surfwax America," "El Scorcho" and other songs from the group's first two records. When the band's trademark giant lit-up "W" logo was unveiled during "Buddy Holly," confetti doused the crowd, making for a great way to exit the stage after a fantastic set.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Foo Fighters Bring on the Energy
Venue/Date: Memorial Coliseum (Portland, OR)
Concert Date:  
October 25th, 2005
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Foo Fighters rock; Weezer's geeks lack flair

Saturday, October 29, 2005
SCOTT D. LEWIS

The contrasts and conflicts between rockers and geeks have been the stuff of countless teen books and movies, but it is not usually the premise of a concert.

In the case of the show Tuesday night at Memorial Coliseum, it was post-grunge powerhouse Foo Fighters (rockers), cleaning up after the goofy pop-rock of Weezer (geeks).

Dave Grohl, who served as drummer for Nirvana but slings a guitar and handles the lead vocals for Foo Fighters, appeared as a wall of lights rose up from the stage and a stream of distorted guitar notes filled the air. Then the quartet launched into a pounding version of the title track from the band's most recent album, "In Your Honor," with a sound and energy that could have filled an arena 10 times the size.

Weezer began with one of its more jarring songs as well, "My Name Is Jonas," but combined with the stiffness of singer Rivers Cuomo and the rest of the band's lack of interplay, the wattage produced couldn't have powered a single spotlight.

Cuomo did try to engage the crowd by shouting, "Hey, Portland," but that paled to Grohl's extended narrative on the city's many merits, reminding the crowd that the band had played its first real show at Satyricon and scoring extra points by pointing out that bassist Nate Mendel is now a local.

Both bands sent their leaders to the back of the boxy room to perform (Cuomo played an acoustic guitar and nasally sang "Island in the Sun"; Grohl churned out an arty solo and then played a round of dueling electric guitars with Chris Shiflett, who remained on the stage), but only the ever-smiling Grohl drew the fans around him like a magnet.

Both frontmen took their turns behind the drum kit as well, but with his years of pummeling experience, Grohl simply clobbered Cuomo.
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