June 21, 2006

Foo Fighters – Manchester

On Sunday, me and Elaine went up to Old Trafford Cricket ground for an afternoon of music. The gig was the 'Foo Fighters support was 'Eagles of Death Metal', 'The Subways', 'Angels and Airwaves', and 'The Strokes'.
'Eagles of Death Metal' started the concert of. If you have never heard of them they aren't as heavy as the name suggests and I came away singing 'Cherry Cola'. Josh Homme played drums and he had died his hair black which was different.
Next on were 'The Subways' who were a lot better than I was expecting. I had heard rumours that the girl bass player couldn't sing but she was very good and the guy was pretty awesome. At one point he throw his guitar at a sound guy and jumped into the crowd (to be quickly retrieved by some angry looking security people).
Next on were 'Angels and Airwaves' who to be quite frank sucked! The music was ok, if just not very memorable but Tom decided to do a speech about how his fellow American's had died in the two towers and how we the public should do something about it! I'm not saying that I don't agree but when a guy from a punk band who as a rule 'don't give a f**k' tells me that we can change the world I get irritated. The whole thing sounded like a speech to get more album sales and the British crowd was having non of it!
The Strokes played just like the Strokes always do. I never can tell what the guy is saying as he always sounds drunk. But at least this time he actually stood up instead of sitting on the end of the stage swaying slightly whilst mumbling.
And finally, Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl is the dude. Introduces himself with the loudest belch and plays all the tunes you like. Perhaps my favourite was evergreen but then i also like stacked actors… The crowd was pretty cool but we were quite a long way from the stage and a 40 ish Asian guy was moshing quite violently nearby.
Then things kinda went down hill. Due to some awful organisational skills the first tram back to Manchester didn't arrive on time and so it took us about an hour to get back into Manchester. Then our friends mum who was picking us up got stuck in the traffic caused by the Take–That concert and hence it was 12:30 before we left Manchester for Sheffield. Then as we got onto the small stretch of motorway linking Manchester with Snake Pass we hit traffic and queued for about an hour… grr Take That fans! So finally managed to get back to Sheffield to go to bed at about 3am.

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  1. I went to see REM at the cricket ground last year and it was a nightmare getting back home. The trams were running OK but given the amount of time it took us to get back to Manchester city centre we discovered (on arriving at Piccadilly) that the last train had just left Oxford Road. We had to take some crazy Chester train to Runcorn, get a taxi to my friend's house and get him to drive us back to Liverpool – probably got to bed about the same time you did… Still, glad that the band were good!

    21 Jun 2006, 21:29

  2. ali baba

    yo yo yo yo yo yo yo

    i’m i foo nerd, i paid 10 grand for dave to come to my house in l.a. it was radical shiznit.


    22 Mar 2007, 23:58

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