I mean, my bedroom, I slept most of the day away. As some of you know, I’m dealing with my annual Thanksgiving Sinus Infection this week (because of course! it’s not like I need to be in top shape and functional during the busiest shopping week of the year!). I spent most of the day in bed resting and decongesting and trying to make myself better. And watching music documentaries on Netflix.
One of the docs was Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, and that reminded me that I said something at the first of NaBloPoMo about a recap of the Birmingham, Alabama show from October 26. Since it’s a bit too late for an actual review at this point, I figured I’d share some pictures and a few thoughts.
This was my third time seeing them.
The first time was way back in 2000 at Memphis’s Beale Street Music Festival. They closed out Saturday night, by which time my friend and I had consumed many drinks. We didn’t want to get into the throng of people in front of the stage, so we climbed what must have been a 55-degree embankment – in the mud – so we’d have a birds-eye view of the show. I don’t remember a whole lot about the show, just that we stayed for all of it, and at one point Dave Grohl climbed the lighting rig above the stage. Good times.
The second time was in 2011 in Atlanta with my good friend Spank. I was particularly excited for this show because a band on my Bucket List of Bands was opening – Social Distortion. Imagine my dismay when we got to our seats just in time to see Social D closing out their set. We got to see two songs, but as it turns out, they only played four. I still count this as having seen them in concert, though! The Foos played literally all night. They played all their songs. They played a lot of covers. I was beyond impressed. It’s not often that a band that age (my age) powers through what I estimate to be close to four hours with such energy.
I was supposed to go back to Atlanta to see them at Music Midtown a few years ago, but sadly, didn’t make it.
Nevertheless, I was thrilled to be able to see them for a third time, a little bit closer to home in Birmingham. Again with Spank, and her husband Mr. S. The Struts opened, and were fantastic! If you don’t know who they are, you should familiarize yourself with them posthaste!
I never got around to Instagramming photos of the Foo Fighters, but here are a few from the evening:
The set wasn’t as long this time around, but just as energetic and exciting! My favorite part of the evening was when this video was taken (not my video – I wasn’t able to get the whole thing. But sharing wasn’t disabled, so thank you Cameron Bennefield!). It’s got a fan performance, a birthday serenade, some dancing, and crass language. It’s still my favorite Foo song after all these years. Enjoy!
Song For Saturday: Foo Fighters (with Jeremy) – “Big Me”