The 2008 Grammy Award Winners, the Foo Fighters, performed for a sold out Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on Monday, February 25, 2008.
As the spotlight shined down from the heavens on David Grohl, the audience had risen from their seats and erupted with one of the largest ovations that the Allstate Arena probably has ever experienced. It was so large it must have reached outside the parking lot gates.
With the light shining down, Grohl started clapping and the arena clapped alongside him. When Taylor Hawkins hit that first beat on the drum and the strings were strung on the guitars and bass, the Foo Fighters commenced their first song “Let It Die” from the album titled Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.
During “Let It Die,” the audience members jumped up and down near the stage and where my executive producer and I were situated. As the audience members jumped up and down the ground shook underneath our feet like an earthquake.
The Foo Fighters performed some of their biggest hit songs like “The Pretender” from the album titled Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, “Times Like These” from the album titled One By One, and “Best of You” from the album titled In Your Honor.
Besides those hit songs played, we were entertained by David Grohl’s storytelling. After the encore, he remarked, “if it wasn’t for Rush’s album 2112, I might not be here.” Another story was about Grohl watching his first concert ever at the Cubby Bear in Chicago.
If the audience was not entertained enough by the early Foo Fighters’ performance, the evening further progressed when a middle stage was lowered. The audience was in shock and awe as the Foo Fighters walked to center stage and played some additional hit songs acoustically. They played songs like “Skin And Bones” and “Marigold” from Skin And Bones, “Cold Day In The Sun” from In Your Honor, “My Hero” from The Colour And The Shape, and “But, Honestly” from the album titled Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.
After “But, Honestly” concluded, the entire band walked back to the main stage into darkness except for David Grohl. Grohl played solo for a majority of “Everlong” from the album titled The Colour And The Shape on center stage. About midway through, the darkness became light and the band continued to play the remainder of the song with him.