On Saturday I trooped down to DC with some friends to watch the Foo Fighters 20 Anniversary concert at the 'looking worse for wear' RFK Stadium. We got down there about 2pm, the gates had opened at noon, but I guess getting older means the opportunity of starting a party earlier just wasn't calling us loud enough. We manged to get good enough seats and they were were selling Goose Island beer, which made me a happy bunny.
But then it was announced that we could go back out again and resume the concert so we reclaimed our soggy seats.
There were also performances by LL Cool J and Trouble Funk, neither of whom I could make myself like.
And then as dusk filled the stadium, the FF curtain fell down in front of the stage and the crowds quietened. It was then I realized that throughout the afternoon, more people had been filtering into the stadium because now it was packed solid, and everyone was staring at the stage waiting for the Foos to drop that curtain.
Leading up to this moment, everyone had wondered if it would actually happen. Dave Grohl had only 3 weeks earlier fallen off the stage during a concert in Sweden and broken his leg along with dislocating his ankle. He had actually later that evening completed the concert with a medic supporting his wounded leg, but the following concerts had been cancelled. I felt bad knowing some of my English friends had been looking forward to seeing them at Glastonbury.
Davros, he coasted slowly down the catwalk to thunderous applause and screams. It was epic and he reveled in every moment of his fans' adoration.
The band put on an amazing show, but each time that chair moved along the catwalk, I prayed that it wouldn't topple off the edge or the operator lose control of it. Dave even stood up at one point and leaned on crutches to sing with a couple of band members. He told the crowd that there was no way he would have cancelled this show because he grew up in Springfield, VA, and so therefore DC was his home. He asked if this concert should be an event in DC every 4th of July and his home boys howled in appreciation. We left the stadium with fireworks cracking overhead in a show that must have rivaled the Mall's earlier display, and as I sat on the metro, relaxing on a soft seat, I hoped Mr Grohl was also giving his inevitably throbbing leg a well deserved rest. He had certainly earned it.
The concert write-up from USA Today is here.
The Foo Fighter's set list is here.