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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Foo Fighters at Scottrade Center, 9/17/11: Review and Setlist

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Set List: 1. Bridge Burning 2. Rope 3. The Pretender 4. My Hero 5. Learn to Fly 6. White Limo 7. Arlandria 8. Breakout 9. Cold Day in the Sun 10. Long Road to Ruin 11. Stacked Actors 12. Walk 13. Generator 14. Monkey Wrench 15. These Days 16. I Should Have Known 17. Skin and Bones 18. This is a Call 19. All My Life

Encore 20. Wheels (Dave Solo Acoustic) 21. Best of You (Dave Solo Acoustic) 22. Times Like These (Dave Solo Acoustic and with band) 23. Young Man Blues (Mose Allison cover) 24. Dear Rosemary 25. Breakdown (Tom Petty cover) 26. Everlong

Critic's Notebook

Personal bias:

My first concert ever was the Foo Fighters and That Dog at the American Theatre on Tuesday, March 26, 1996. I was thirteen years old, and I went with my dad and friend Robby. I still remember how cool I thought Dave Grohl's Gibson Explorer was, and I went home that night and had a dream that Dave played in a band with me at my elementary school.

I've seen every subsequent St. Louis Foo Fighters performance since, and it's been incredibly interesting to watch the band grow from Dave's demo tape to the megastars they are today. In fact, I was genuinely surprised the first time I saw them perform in an arena. Now, I can't see it any other way.


Before the show last night I overheard a father talking to his eleven year-old son, Jack, who were sitting in front of me about how excited he was that this was his first concert. I cut in to their conversation and explained that fifteen years ago my first concert was also the Foo Fighters. After the show I asked Jack what he thought of his first concert and he replied, "It rocked!" Dave Grohl would've been proud.

By the way:

At the band's performance the previous night of the tour in Kansas City, the Foo Fighters were protested by the Westboro Baptist church for its teaching of "fornication, adultery, idolatry, and fags." The group responded by playing "Keep it Clean." Check out the video below:

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