Last week my good friend and fellow Foos follower Nicole went up to the infamous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (a must see if you visit LA) to watch the premiere of the Rockumentary Back and Forth by director James Moll, a look back at the 16 year career of the band Foo Fighters. I happily sunk into the plush red seats, strapped on the ol’ feedbag and drifted off into a sea of bliss.
Watching clips from the early nineties of Dave in Nirvana reminded me so much of how times have changed. Back then my husband then boyfriend and I would play Nevermind on a continuous loop followed up by Pearl Jam Ten. No kids, bottles of Merlot, late dinners followed up by mornings of just hanging out listening to music and plotting our next getaway, sigh. That whole era of music was one of my favorites and man did it expand my horizons, not to mention kick my unhealthy obsession with hyper synthesized video driven 80’s music. All I wanted to do back then was hang out in coffee shops, rip up my flannels and swipe on some Teen Spirit. Pure Nirvana.
What I loved so much about this documentary was the undercurrent of uncertainty as the band rode the wave of fame and success. There is an amazing amount of candor and raw emotion that you surfaces throughout the film. Emotionally fueled fights and a series of disjointed creative efforts have you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering will this band ever survive? Sixteen years later and 13 albums later my bets are on the Foo earning their status as one of the all time BEST kickin’ ass rock bands, that is a real title right?
Have a look see.
Good stuff isn’t it. Makes you want to see more doesn’t it?
It gets even better. Right after the credit rolled on the film we stuck around for a LIVE – get his 3D! (yes we wore glasses) performance from their studio in LA. This was a live feed that was streamed to audiences around the country, and being in LA we were one of the lucky ones to see it in its entirely glitch free. I guess some of the other Foo fans were not so lucky hence the extended performance on YOU MUST SEE Letterman last night, leave it to them to make things right with the world and their fans. You know how much I LOVE Dave and seeing the boys dressed as the Beatles… oh swoon.
You should check out lucky album #13 Wasted Light recorded in its entirely in Dave’s garage analogue style, tape and all. NOTHING DIGITAL about it! My favorite is Bridges Burning although Rope is a pretty close second, click on the Letterman show and you’ll see that is exactly what they opened with. Again….. swoon. You have to forgive me I am under the influence, this happens every time a new album drops.
I’m telling you its a BIG week for me… new Foo album, Duran Duran in Coachella and PRINCE TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!
I think my head is going to explode.
iPhoneography of the day – click any thumbnail to enlarge.