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Foo Fighters LA Forum

Foo Fighters LA Forum

A few months ago I rocked out attended a slew of intimate Foo Fighters shows scattered throughout SoCal. Beginning in December at a bar in the San Fernando Valley, the Foos took the stage at Paladino’s to play Wasting Light, the album they had just finished hours before in its entirety right inside Dave Grohl’s garage with producer, Butch Vig. It was a clear revelation that this album was going to not only be an instant classic, but Wasting Light was conceived to be played live and very loud in front of thousands.

Friends, I was right. 100% spot on. This album was made for The Forum.

Last Thursday and Friday I spent riding the proverbial (stage) rail in all of my Foo Fighters glory watching Dave Grohl do what he does best. With help of his Foo Friends: guitarists Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, bassist Nate Mendel, drummer Taylor Hawkins, and keyboardist/accordion player Rami Jaffee, for more than two and a half hours each night, Grohl & Co. flawlessly entertained a crowd of 18,000 bringing us to the edge of the rock and roll cliff while daring us to jump, promising life everlasting.

Grohl is more than capable of delivering powerful sermons because he is a fan of great music himself and understands all too well the connection fans hope to feel when seeing them live. It is not uncommon to find him snapping necks in the pit with the rest of us nerds. Further proving that he too is the ultimate fanboy, not too long ago he was spotted mixed in with the other concertgoers at a recent Soundgarden show. m/

Highlights of the LA Forum Shows:

  • To kick off night two, Grohl sat in on drums with opening act, Cage the Elephant. CTE drummer, Jared Champion had emergency surgery last week for a ruptured appendix while performing on stage, so Dave offered to temporarily fill in on a few tunes. For fans who miss the Nirvana days or never caught Dave behind the kit for his Them Crooked Vultures project, this was a huge treat.
  • During Stacked Actors, Shifty and Grohl enter battle dueling with their guitars across the arena as Dave ascends high above the crowd and into the sky on a hydraulic lift resembling the Rock God he is. Preaching from his pulpit, he officially makes the Forum his church and us his believers.
  • We get the inside scoop on how Dave jammed on drums to “Whole Lotta Love” with Prince one afternoon during His Purple Majesty’s recent 20-night LA stint. Like a kid on Christmas, Grohl not only proclaimed that Prince is the best bass player in the world, but that he secretly wishes he was The Artist. We couldn’t agree more. Who doesn’t want to be Prince?!
  • A full-on laser light show during a cover of Pink Floyd’s In the Flesh? with Taylor Hawkins KILLING it on vocals. It was amazing.
  • Special guest, Fee Waybill of The Tubes, singing backup vocals on Miss The Misery.

I wasn’t the only Trend Triber taking in all of the Foo-goodness this time around. WendyWillBlog had her disco kicks on Friday as well as Modchik, Lindsey, who was armed front and center completely submerged knee deep in the action of the photo pit with her lenses getting these AMAZING up-close and personal shots of the band in action.

For a complete list of upcoming tour dates, check out Foo Fighters official website here.

Keepin’ it clean…

– Nicole



Foo Fighters
Los Angeles, The Forum – 10/14/11

  • Bridge Burning
  • Rope
  • The Pretender
  • My Hero
  • Learn to Fly
  • White Limo
  • Arlandria
  • Breakout
  • Cold Day in the Sun
  • Stacked Actors
  • Walk
  • Monkey Wrench
  • I Should Have Known
  • These Days
  • This is a Call
  • In the Flesh? (Pink Floyd cover)
  • All My Life
  • (E) Long Road to Ruin – acoustic
  • (E) Best of You – acoustic
  • (E) Times Like These
  • (E) Miss The Misery with Fee Waybill
  • (E) Dear Rosemary
  • (E) Breakdown (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers cover)
  • (E) Everlong

    – Nicole

    A NJ transplant living in SoCal, Nicole Standley, digs pop culture, fancy-dancy hotels, cool shindigs, live shows, highfalutin restaurants, and all-things: music, fashion and events. Twitter: @nicoledstandley

    Disclosure: On occasion, contributors of The Trend Tribe receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not influence the contributor’s point of view or the outcome of the review. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the reviewers experience. The opinions are their own.
    Photo credit: Lindsey Garrett Modchik Photography
    nicole (106 Posts)

    Founder + Editor-In-Chief, Nicole is a NJ transplant living in SoCal, who digs pop culture, fancy-dancy hotels, cool shindigs, live shows, highfalutin restaurants, and all-things: music, fashion and events. Twitter: @nicoledstandley


  1. I have a little sad pit in my stomach because I so badly want to see them again tonight in San Diego.

    Ah, great show.

    Great photos too. Can’t wait to see everything Modchik got!

    • I simply can’t swing it. I came thisclose to joining the foo clan down there, it just can’t be finagled time wise.

      The handful of pics I snuck a peek at are worthy of hanging in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or Hard Rock Hotels. They are amazing. It was as if I were living that night all over again. Lindsey did such a fantastic job. She is so talented.

  2. Fantastic review Nicole, truthfully written with a clear passion for the band. Killer photos Lindsey, great job capturing the energy…does Dave even take a bad photo?

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