The building literally shook. While Wrigley Field might not be entirely equipped for a sizable earthquake, the seismic riffs of “Monkey Wrench” and the boisterous crowd swayed the building in unison. The Foo Fighters where just into their second song of their set, after opening with the crowd-pleaser “Everlong,” and a sold out Wrigley Field was in a state of head-banging frenzy.
For the next two and a half hours (with drizzle falling sporadically in-between), the band more than proved their adequacy in commanding a crowd this immense with hit after hit from a hefty career catalog to lean on. Front man, Dave Grohl, seemingly felt at home, albeit while sitting in a gaudy rock-star throne (oh, you don’t have one of these lying around your living room?).
Complete with flashing lights and the ability to move Dave to and fro, (he broke his leg while playing on stage back in June). The specially built runway allowed him to get closer to the fervent packed crowd stretched across the padded Wrigley Field outfield.
Halfway through the set, Dave found the opportunity to bring out his cousin and his mom (Mrs. Grohl) to wish them a happy birthday. Dave, in a contemplative mood, credited his cousin as one of his inspirations to want to start a band (seeing her have a band at the age of 10).
Those inspirations weren’t the only things on his mind, the city of Chicago itself (integral to their Sonic Highways documentary and album of the same name) offered Dave his first concert he ever attended in his life at the Cubby Bear just down the street. The band he saw that night was none other than Chicago’s own Naked Raygun who were also one of the opening bands.
As the show came to a close, an introspective Dave Grohl choked up, possibly realizing what it took to get to this moment. The crowd, perhaps, felt the same way…both hoping to keep riding down that same sonic highway together.
Setlist (courtesy of setlist.fm):
Learn to Fly
Something From Nothing (with Rick Nielsen)
Big Me (slow version)
Eruption (Van Halen cover) (Snippet during band introduction)
You Really Got Me (The Kinks cover) (Snippet during band introduction)
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (Van Halen cover) (Snippet during band introduction)
Unchained (Van Halen cover) (Snippet during band introduction)
Roundabout (Yes cover) (Snippet during band introduction)
School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover) (Snippet during band introduction)
Cold Day in the Sun
All My Life
Happy Birthday (to Virginia Grohl and Tracy [Dave’s cousin])
Times Like These
Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover)
This Is a Call
Best of You