After the wonderful Exit Stage Right show, we stuck around for Fool Fighters. Foo Fighters are one of my Top 5 all-time favorite bands, so it was a natural for me.
I’m skipping the poor shooting conditions qualifier. You can read all about that HERE.
The music for this page is the self-titled “Foo Fighters” CD from 1995. Did you know that Dave Grohl performed almost the entire CD by himself? It wasn’t until after it was completed did he assemble the actual band. When I got the CD in 1995, I didn’t even know it was the drummer from Nirvana. Really! My favorites are “Alone + Easy Target” (for obvious reasons),“X-Static” and “Exhausted” , but the entire CD is ridiculously solid.
The Fool Fighters; doing their thing…
Lead Singer and guitarist Dennis Asher (Dave Grohl).
Guitarist Jason Zimmerman (Chris Shiflett/Pat Smear/Franz Stahl).
Bassist and vocalist Jon “Stunn” Magnuson (Nate Mendel).
Drummer Leigh Underwood (Taylor Hawkins/Dave Grohl).
A quick tune of the D string. After starting with a beautiful Paul Reed Smith, Jason switches to this equally impressive Cherry-Sunburst Ibanez, which we’ll see more of in a bit.
Jon belting out some vocals. He also provided some comedy, which caused multiple bursts of laughter from your photographer.
I must admit being rather captivated by Leigh. Photogenically, she was a very interesting subject, along with the dynamic of a female drummer in an all-male band. I was driven to capture a quality shot of her, and this turns out to be my favorite image of the entire night. Nice to get a chunk of the Tama/Sabian kit in there, as well.
Jason powering through a chord with the aforementioned Ibanez. The body colors look like the Gibson Les Paul Custom in Heritage Cherryburst. Playing wise, my guess is he mixes his style from Chris Shiflett to Pat Smear, depending on the song.
Oh, by the way, the earlier Franz Stahl reference (and spelling) is from memory…not Wikipedia…
When you’re a Foo Fighters tribute band, it helps when your singer looks (and sounds) like Dave Grohl. They didn’t perform “I Should Have Known”, but that’s the song this image looks like to me.
Jon with his Fender Precision bass…set on Stunn. Love the clean, wood-grain finish of that instrument.
There were better exposed images of Leigh, but this one has a brooding intensity to it. I cannot believe I hand-held this 300mm shot at 1/40 of a second. That Tamron’s VC is good.
I would have preferred to replace these PBR’s with a Founder’s Double Trouble IPA or Orkney Ale Skull Splitter, but the existing adult beverage made for a better image.
Mister Asher’s Fender Telecaster, lit up wonderfully, with Leigh in yellow as a backdrop. The Tele sure has seen a resurgence over the last few years, and why not? It’s a great axe. Anyway, the fortuitous lighting here makes the shot; any skills I brought to the table had nothing to do with it. Ok, I had something to do with it; just like my ESR shots, none of these you see here are cropped.
Dennis and Jason jamming; the latter with the aforementioned PRS. None of the portrait aspect ratio shots for ESR worked but they did for Fool Fighters. Not sure why those failed with ESR…
Towards the end of the show folks hit the dance floor. I made the mistake of putting my camera away and was hauled out there; NOT a pretty sight (think Elaine Benes from Seinfeld). I can NOT dance, and that was painfully apparent. Images? Yes. Dancing? No.
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins strike the skins hard, and Leigh was right there with them. When I see this I think of the closing of “Exhausted” at 4:20…intense, forceful, and emotional drumming.
This is a true story (just ask Howy and Curt). Before arriving I made it clear I didn’t want to stay any later than Midnight. I’m 48 and cannot close bars like I did when I was younger. When did we end up leaving? 2:00am! Had Fool Fighters stunk, I can assure you I would NOT have have stayed that long. Their energy and performance was wonderful and kept us there for their entire show. Just like ESR, a great one, at that. Go see them!
all images © Scott Woelm – August 2013