Well, due to some insane confusion and the camping area being sold out of their 25,000 capacity, Lauriel and I got to the festival WAY late tonight. We pretty much missed everything and didn’t get to this venue until after dark.
So all there was so see other than some rave dj was The Foo Fighters. Confession: I wasn’t too excited to see The Foo Fighters as I’m not really a fan of their music. However I’ve always been a big fan of Dave Grohl and I never saw him live in Nirvana, Them Crooked Vultures or even with Queens of the Stoneage.
The Gorge’s main stage has improved since I was last here four years ago. There are now two gigantic hi-def screens on each side of the stage making it a crystal clear view of stage antics even all the way back up at the top of the hill where we were at. Which is seriously about a half mile from the stage. I hate being far back at shows so I moved forward to about the middle of the crowd, swimming in a sea of kids throwing devil horns and playing air guitar harder than Bevis and Butthead.
After a song or two, Dave Grohl brought out a surprise to the stage (sadly, it was not Krist Novoselic) in Bob Mould who had played earlier in the evening. Together the band crashed through the song “Dear Rosemary.” Grohl shouted ala Bon Scott all night yet never seemed to get a rasp in his voice. His dirty hair whipped all over the place as he constantly rocked back and forth for each song. The dude was getting a major work out, like some Wii exercise game. He and most of the band were dressed in Seattle-saluting flannel shirts and really just rocked the hell out. I must say I was quite impressed with the enthusiasm and tempo of the group. They played songs from their new album Wasting Light, as well as older gems (you know they have been around over 15 years??) like “My Hero” and “Everlong.”
The Foos had an exciting stage show with plenty of strobe lights and five mini screens showing various images and videos floating above their heads all night. Grohl really did work his ass off and his talents as a musician really came to light. Yes, he might be the best drummer who doesn’t actually drum right now, but I think he can be in the conversation for most influential artists of the past 20 years. Let that argument begin.
And lastly, walking out of the show last night we saw a guy dressed like the old school Batman, ala Adam West. Sadly, Batman was in pretty rough shape and a lady was walking him out of the venue by the arm. When I asked Batman how he was doing, he said “Oh, I didn’t mean to get this fucked up!” I’m sure Michael Keaton said the same thing somewhere last night.
I really hope Lauriel posts that photo…