Wells Fargo Center
November 10, 2011
Photos: Steve Trager
With all the hype behind the Foo Fighters and their latest tour, which is selling out in a heartbeat, it comes no surprise that this could just very well be the best live show to date with over 20 songs and a performance packed three hour set that can leave any fan breathless in their seat. With all the hype about how great this band actually is on stage, trying to snatch up a ticket here in Philly was a difficult task to achieve since it was a top ticket to get your hands on - even if it meant searching the parking lot for extra tickets seemed virtually impossible. Their current tour, which is not only selling out across the US, but the entire world, is one that requires seeing to believe just how great a show this was.
As we all know we sometimes have to sit through a set of bands we dislike for whatever the reasons are - either they are unknown or just don’t thrill ones musical taste. You still have to acknowledge as a music fan, that every band is looking to win fans over regardless of how you first react. Such being the first opening band Joy Formidable, who sounded great for being only a trio. You had to pay attention for a few moments and soak in their performance. Although a mere 25 minutes, it went like a snap of your fingers. Joy Formidable is entertaining to say the least.
I myself like a quick set change over and I say that because you get bored with waiting around for the next band to entertain you. I think the last time I had the opportunity to see this next band work up a sweat, Social Distortion was just outside the doors of Wells Fargo Center in the parking lot of the Annual Vans Warped Tour. Mind you, this band was not only well dressed for a night on the town, they played a great set. Not a bad song throughout their 40 minute set. I was never really into the whole punk/alternative scene, but I do enjoy the guitar solos - especially when the front man moves toward center stage and demonstrates his chops on the Les Paul.
At mid point during the show I could visually see the few empty seats here and there, as you'll always have the last minute stragglers stumble in right before the headliner brings the house down. Philly has always well received The Foo Fighters no matter where they have played in the past. This show certainly was an overwhelming stellar event.
As the lights went down and the roar of the crowd quickly erupted, it was time for this band to kick Wells Fargo into high gear. This was the type of rock show you would truly get your money worth in holding onto a ticket even if you are slammed up against the barricade in general admission. The set list couldn’t be more of a mental joyride filled with all the hit makers from the past, as well as seven songs pulled from Wasting Light which included Rope, Walk, and These Days.
The show was quite impressive as Dave Grohl ran around the stage in between songs and of course the head banging and hair whipping antics on stage. As if the 24 song set list wasn’t enough, the band pulled out a great Pink Floyd classic cover In the Flesh. Like most bands which adapt into doing acoustic songs in the set which is like the melting pot of a typical rock show, the Foo Fighters entertained the 19,500 plus fans to four amazing unplugged songs, including Wheels, Best of You, Times Like These and paying tribute to Sir Paul McCartney with Black Bird.
The entire show went on for nearly three hours straight, which just goes to show you how well a band can hold on to energy and rock out on a stage. If you missed a great show like this, you can kick yourself several times because events like this don't happen every day. I do know this, the Foo Fighters love Philly, as Dave acknowledged to fans when he said “ If you sing louder, we will come back and play the Electric Factory" Of course that brought the house to a standing ovation.
Learn To Fly
Cold Day in the Sun
Let It Die
This is Call
In the Flesh
All My Life
Best of You
Times Like These