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Volume 68, Issue 141, Friday, April 25, 2003

Arts & Entertainment

Foo Fighters' show rules with intensity

By Bridget Brown
The Daily Cougar

The myth of foo fighters began during World War II when a series of incomprehensible events erupted over battle zones. Hundreds of infantrymen on either side of the lines saw things that can never be explained. 

Dave Grohl, frontman of the Foo Fighters, played impressive guitar solos Wednesday at The Reliant Center.

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Whether these mysterious UFO-like lights that zoomed in the skies, also known as foo fighters, were real doesnit matter. The foos made the soldiers, who witnessed the events, forget about the life-and-death matters at hand, if only for a moment.

Similar events took place Wednesday at the Reliant Center. There werenit any aliens, but Foo Fighters, the rock band named after those World War II UFOis, treated a diverse crowd to an hour and half of rock ini roll so powerful all thoughts of the war, death, dead-end jobs and unhappy relationships seemed to melt away, if only for a moment.

The Foos -- drummer Taylor Hawkins, bassist Nate Mendell and guitarist Chris Shiflett, led by ex-Nirvana drummer-turned-frontman Dave Grohl -- pulled a pretty smart move by starting the set with two of their best-known songs "All my Life" and "The One" to get the crowd going, and then in true rock ini roll fashion they never let up. These songs were immediately followed up with another major hit, "My Hero."

From the intensity of the first few songs it seemed the Foo Fighters had traded in their trademarked silliness for more mature attitudes. However, this notion was instantly dismissed each time Grohl addressed the crowd.

Grohl looked sharp. Somewhere along the line heis gained a whole lot of confidence, and has completed the transformation into frontman. Letis put it this way: the man knows how to work a crowd.

"That was a very sensitive moment like when in high school and youire having a dream that your penis is hanging out. Thatis what that song means to me," Grohl said after playing the slow ballad "Tired of You."

The band could have played more off what I think is its best album The Color and the Shape, but most of the set drew from its newest release One by One.

"Weive been a band for eight years, and some people think itis a long time. I think itis just the tip of the iceberg. One of these days, Iim going to hear us on classic radio. I imagine hearing "Foxy Lady" and then Iim going to hear this song." The band then launched into the twangy "For All The Cows" off its self-titled debut.

The Foos ended on a good note, with Grohl saying, "I donit want to be like the Greatful Dead. I donit want to play for hours. Bands that play too long make me want to puke." The band played its biggest hit to date, "Everlong" for the encore.

Foo Fighters

Reliant Center

The verdict: The Foo Fighters put on a high-intensity show.

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