Music | Story by Sean DeFrank

Foo Fighters Keep Things Fast and Loose

Life Is Beautiful, Downtown Stage, Oct. 26

Foo Fighters | Wayne Posner

Foo Fighters | Wayne Posner

Dave Grohl wasn’t about to let fatigue set into the crowd as the three-day festival neared its close. After firing through an hour of songs that included sing-along anthems such as “The Pretender,” “My Hero” and “Learn to Fly” in the band’s first Las Vegas performance since 2008, the energetic Foo Fighters frontman loosened things up by turning back the clock: “We’re going to do the same songs that we did in ninth grade. Long before we were doing this, we were doing this.” Foo Fighters’ covers of the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” David Bowie and Queen’s “Under Pressure” and Tom Petty’s “Breakdown” anchored a two-hour set that also included all of their hits, plus new song “Something From Nothing.”

“You all made us feel like we could do whatever the fuck we wanted to do,” Grohl beamed. “This is the shit I end up remembering for the rest of my fucking life.” The band then closed with the driving “Everlong,” the chorus, If everything could ever feel this real forever/If anything could ever be this good again, providing a fitting send-off. ★★★★✩

Photos by Wayne Posner


All My Life
Times Like These
The Pretender
My Hero
Learn to Fly
White Limo
Cold Day in the Sun (Taylor Hawkins on vocals)
Big Me
Something From Nothing
Miss You (Rolling Stones cover)
Under Pressure (David Bowie and Queen cover)
Best of You
Monkey Wrench
This Is A Call
I’ll Stick Around
Dear Rosemary
Breakdown (Tom Petty cover)