|Review by: Thomas
ONE AMAZING FUCKING THURSDAY
....My friends and I arrived at The Troubador just before 7:00(doors opened
@ 8), checked out the place, and then grabbed some dinner. We got back at
around 15 til, and sure enough people were starting to pour in from
everywhere. Just five days earlier I waited in line for six hours at the
club to be certain I would get tickets for this special show, as I knew Dave
Grohl was going to be drumming, Mark Lanegan was now aboard, and other
people might be "popping up". At this time it wasn't known to everybody
that Grohl was going to become a full-time member of the band, so I thought
this may have been just a one time deal. Everyone else that night thought
We were all finally let in at about 8:15. We got some drinks, and then
headed to the front to claim our spaces. A DJ served as the opening act, and
I'm assuming now that it was C Minus. I didn't find him all that bad, but
he was doing his thing for waaayyyy too long. He ended up going on for a
solid hour! Finally though, the dude packed up his equipment and all the
filming crew began setting up there stuff. The one bad thing about the show
was the excess of cameramen, photographers, and journalists. Right before
the show, all of us fans in the front were pushed rudely back by all the
photographers and camera crew people. You think they would have been all
set up before hand, but at least the photograpehrs buggered out soon after
the show started....Anyways....
At around 9:30, the band got on stage, with Grohl popping his head out
first. Nick and Josh came out soon after, and after Josh giving a brief
introduciton, the band went rocking right in to Monsters. The band was
incredibly fucking loud that night, since this was my first time I don't
know if they always are, but it was just incredible. Dave was ferrociously
pounding away at the drums like a madman, and Nick was going fucking nuts.
While screaming his head off during Quick and To The Pointless, he often
placed his mouth over the head of the mic and shook his head violently. It
was quite a sight. The band continued with their anthem, Feel Good Hit Of
The Summer, and then went into the first NEW song of the evening, No One
Knows. Josh sang this new tune, and it was a pretty straightforward rock
song, with the Queens vibe running all throughout it.
Also on hand that evening was Eleven's Alain Johannes, playing flute oddly
on one song and 2nd guitar on some others, and Brendon on the lap guitar/2nd
guitar. Jack Black and his Tenacious D bandmate was around as well, Chris
Goss, and some other more famous people not worth mentioning.....
Next were Avon and Headache, sounding absolutely terrific and flawless.
Then came the time my buddy Justin and I were waiting for, LANEGAN. He came
out of nowhere quietly, without introduction, and proceeded to take the
center mic smoking his cig. The band launched into Hanging Tree, and while
Other people have been saying this song hasn't translated live very well, it
sounded quite fine to me that night. They went on with God Is Radio, one of
the songs we were praying they would play. Josh really let loose on this
song, and there was a long jam section in the middle of it, which was really
cool to hear. It seemed like Josh blanked out a couple of times though but
was fucking around and having a good time with it.
A song or two later, Dead, easily the best song of the night, was played.
Mark Lanegan came out again singing lead, with Josh and Nick doing the
chorus. This song was so fucking hard and heavy, it blew us all away. The
band closed their set with You Would Know, and immediately after song was
over, a group of us fans screamed for them to play In The Fade, best song on
Rated R IMO, for one of their encores. We were unsuccesful though.....
Upon reentering the stage, Nick went all out on full assault with Tension
Head. Regular John was next, which got the crowd jumping and dancing around
like crazy. Right after the first chorus in the song, Josh broke a couple
strings on his Ovation but played it off all cool. Josh was given a fresh
guitar right away and soon the band was back in full force. They closed
their 1st Encore with Song For The Deaf, which had a slightly different
sound and lyrics than versions I've heard from the recent U.S. club tour.
It still rocked though, with Mark and Josh trading main vocal duties and
Nick singing backup...
Mexicola kicked off the 2nd Encore, and upon them playing this, it made me
wish they had played more of their earlier stuff(Give The Mule, Born To
Hula, How to Handle a Rope). Next was Millionare, which didn't sound that
good cuz Nick's voice was kind of strained by this point, yet it was still
enjoyable. The last song of the evening, and their most popular one, Lost
Art, came roaring out and got the crowd totally hyped. After the show a
couple of us wanted to stay to see if we could meet the band and buy some
merchandise, but our other friend(the driver), which will remain NAMELESS,
needed to get back to the dorms to study his ass of for a midterm. So we
abruptly left....All in All, it was easily the best concert I've ever
attended, and I can't wait for the new record and the second U.S. tour!!
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