Who would’ve known that Dave Grohl—a guy who was really there for the reign 90’s grunge, who at 25 had already climbed the highest of rock music heights—would still be performing rock shows today? Who would’ve known Grohl would outlast most of his contemporaries? Most of his successors? In the year following Kurt Cobain’s death, Dave Grohl wrote and recorded every instrument and vocal part of what would turn out to be the first Foo Fighters record. The album, which arrived the Summer of ’95, begins with Dave’s strained yet sincere voice singing “This Is A Call”, an earnest rock ballad which would set the tone for many Foo Fighters songs to come.

In creating the Foo Fighters, Grohl made something immortal. He placed something among the stars. He forgave Kurt. He lived. Now here we are, over two decades, many Glastonbury sets, Wembley Stadium performances, and music documentaries later. Dave Grohl still addresses crowds early on with a timeless provocation: Do you love rock and roll? He takes chances on audience members boasting their shredding skills, like this “Kiss Guy” who tore up Grohl’s guitar for “Monkey Wrench”. And before slamming back Coors Lights, he excuses himself, saying Pardon me while I drink my rock medicine.”

Dave Grohl

When the Foo Fighters take the stage on any given night, they only sort of know what’s going to happen. Grohl will map out each night’s mega-length set to include songs across their discography, in addition to a range of covers. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, said Dave’s “maps” are only good for about the first two hours. “Things change on a dime,” Shiflett said. “When we get into that final third, Dave will start cutting, adding and rearranging songs, or he’ll do stuff in a different order. You have to stay in the moment the whole time.”

The Foo Fighters North American leg of their “Concrete and Gold” tour kicked off last week and has already been met with rave reviews. With set lists that change on a dime, and the definitely not staged appearances of talented fans shredding along with the band, Foo Fighters have unknowingly encapsulated a rare rock concert experience, one that dates back before the creation of Nirvana.

But the Foo Fighters—arguably still in their prime—don’t see themselves as relics of a time past, and they shouldn’t. But one has to wonder if Dave Grohl and Co. feel alone in their mission to bring audiences the best rock experience possible, one that approximates the energy which first lit the fire beneath Dave Grohl as a kid growing up in the D.C punk-rock scene.

Foo Fighters

Of the Top 30 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100, there are only two songs that even come close to the rock genre, Jason Aldean’s “You Make It Easy” and Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”. We’re in a very different time from when Dave Grohl was growing up watching Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Heart, and The Bangles on MTV.

Now, the “rock” genre includes artists such as Florence + the Machine, Imagine Dragons, and Portugal. the Man. But among these artists, very few embody the same rock and roll energy integral to Foo Fighters concerts. Portugal. The Man uses the same, perfectly timed video reel for every concert, purposefully eliminating the opportunity for improvisation. Female rockers Haim and Florence + the Machine have delivered beautiful covers of their rock ancestors, but none have quite generated that sensation, that raucousness, of being at a rock concert and feeling that anything can happen.

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters continue to shake things up every new album. They’ve been touring in support of Concrete and Gold for close to a year, and recently refined the new material once again. “In the past few months, we’ve brought in some backup singers for the songs on the record that have a lot of layered harmony vocal parts. We’ve never really done anything like that before, and it sounds really good,” Shiflett explained to Rolling Stone.

It’s hard to believe the Foo Fighters are still in their prime, but as Dave Grohl continues to improve his voice and role as frontman, the band insists on not only giving audience’s their moneys worth, but on putting on the best rock show—and perhaps last—of its kind. Check out a sample Foo Fighters set list below, and scroll down for Foo Fighters tickets as they continue sell out their “Concrete and Gold” North American Tour.

Foo Fighters Set List

Run

All My Life

Learn to Fly

The Pretender

The Sky is a Neighborhood

Rope

Sunday Rain

My Hero

These Days

Walk

Breakout

Under My Wheels (Alice Cooper cover)

Another One Bites the Dust (Queen cover)

Imagine/YYZ/Jump mashup (John Lennon/Rush/Van Halen covers)

Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)

Under Pressure (Queen cover)

Monkey Wrench

Times Like These

White Limo

Generator

Big Me

Date
Event
Apr 267:00 PM Foo FightersPerfect Vodka Amphitheatre (Formerly Coral Sky Amphitheatre) – West Palm Beach, FL From $77
Apr 27TBD Welcome To Rockville: Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne & Avenged Sevenfold – 3 Day PassMetropolitan Park – Jacksonville – Jacksonville, FL From $252
Apr 287:00 PM Foo FightersGeorgia State Stadium – Atlanta, GA From $44
Apr 2911:00 AM Welcome To Rockville: Foo Fighters & Queens Of The Stone Age – Sunday PassMetropolitan Park – Jacksonville – Jacksonville, FL From $129
May 17:30 PM Foo FightersRupp Arena – Lexington, KY From $65
May 37:30 PM Foo FightersFedex Forum – Memphis, TN From $40
May 47:30 PM Foo FightersBridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN From $95
Jun 22TBD Foo FightersOlympic Stadium – London – London, UK
Jun 23TBD Foo FightersThe Stadium At Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Stratford, UK
Jul 67:00 PM Foo FightersMerriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD From $128
Jul 77:00 PM Foo FightersBB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ From $93
Jul 127:00 PM Foo FightersRogers Centre – Toronto, Canada From $93
Jul 148:00 PM Foo FightersNorthwell Health At Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY From $86
Jul 168:00 PM Foo FightersMadison Square Garden – New York, NY From $97
Jul 178:00 PM Foo FightersMadison Square Garden – New York, NY From $103
Jul 198:00 PM Foo FightersPPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA From $132
Jul 215:30 PM Foo FightersFenway Park – Boston, MA From $113
Jul 225:30 PM Foo FightersFenway Park – Boston, MA From $70
Jul 258:00 PM Foo FightersBlossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH From $68
Jul 268:00 PM Foo FightersRuoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN From $69
Jul 297:00 PM Foo FightersWrigley Field – Chicago, IL From $84
Jul 307:00 PM Foo FightersWrigley Field – Chicago, IL From $81
Sep 17:00 PM Foo FightersSafeco Field – Seattle, WA From $71
Sep 47:00 PM Foo FightersRogers Place – Edmonton, AB From $58
Sep 67:00 PM Foo FightersScotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, Canada From $108
Sep 87:00 PM Foo FightersRogers Arena – Vancouver, Canada From $135
Sep 107:30 PM Foo FightersModa Center at the Rose Quarter (formerly Rose Garden) – Portland, OR From $76
Sep 127:30 PM Foo FightersSAP Center (formerly HP Pavilion) – San Jose, CA From $78
Oct 611:00 AM Cal Jam Festival: Foo FightersGlen Helen Regional Park – San Bernardino, CA From $196
Oct 87:30 PM Foo FightersTalking Stick Resort Arena – Phoenix, AZ From $83
Oct 107:30 PM Foo FightersPepsi Center – Denver, CO From $129
Oct 127:30 PM Foo FightersSprint Center – Kansas City, MO From $132
Oct 137:00 PM Foo FightersScottrade Center – Saint Louis, MO From $95
Oct 157:30 PM Foo FightersLittle Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI From $125
Oct 177:30 PM Foo FightersWisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center – Milwaukee, WI From $98
Oct 187:30 PM Foo FightersXcel Energy Center – Saint Paul, MN From $129
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