Oct. 3, 2005

Foo Fighters and Weezer Invade Allstate Arena

By Randy J. Klodz

The Foo Fighters/Weezer co-headlining tour, named by some fans as “Foozer,” returned alternative-rock to the forefront when the tour stormed through the Chicago area to a packed Allstate Arena on Oct. 3.

Weezer singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo took the stage sans his patented horn-rimmed glasses in what seemed to be a merry mood, something not found during tour stops in recent years.

While performing Weezer fan-favorites “Buddy Holly,” “El Scorcho,” “Say It Ain’t So,” and “Undone (The Sweater Song),” Weezer played tracks from their latest album “Make Believe.” New songs like “Beverly Hills,“ “Perfect Situation,” “This is Such a Pity” and “We Are All on Drugs” were received well by the fanatic crowd. Weezer also threw in a short cover of Blur’s “Song 2” in for good measure. In one of the set’s most fun moments, Weezer performed the light-rocking Foo Fighters song “Big Me.”

As headliners, Foo Fighters--which includes Dave Grohl (vocals/guitar), Chris Shiflett (guitar), Nate Mendel (bass) and Taylor Hawkins (drums)--definitely raised the decibel level, and the Allstate Arena crowd loved every second.

Grohl took the stage wearing all black with his mop of dark hair often covering his eyes as he wailed out alternative-rockers “All My Life,” “Breakout“ and “Stacked Actors”

In one of the set‘s most heart-felt moments, Grohl addressed the crowd sincerely, upon belching, about a childhood trip to Chicago‘s own Cubby Bear. “If it wasn’t for Chicago I wouldn’t have seen punk rock, wouldn’t have joined a band and I wouldn’t be here right now,” he told the Allstate Arena crowd as cheers roared.

Along with other Foo Fighters staples like “Everlong,” “My Hero,” and “This is a Call,” Foo Fighters also performed tracks from the new album “In Your Honor.” Some of those included “Best of You,” “DOA,” and “In Your Honor.”

Before ending the 95-minute set with fan-favorite mega-hit “Monkey Wrench,” Grohl took over drum duties, as he convinced Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins to take over on vocals for a song. “Taylor sings on the new album because I made him,” Grohl joked. “We needed more chicks to come to the show. Chicks buy T-shirts; just kidding.”

English rock band Kaiser Chiefs opened the bill. The current Foo Fighters/Weezer tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 28 when the jaunt invades Oakland Arena in Oakland, Calif. For more info on Foo Fighters log on to www.foofighters.com.
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