Grammys 2012: Foo Fighters, Coldplay keep things predictable
Jack Black introduced Foo Fighters, talking up the band's cred, but apparently Black was in comedian mode tonight, as the CBS show "The Mentalist" could devote an entire season to looking for Foo Fighters' street cred and never find it. The band performed its hearty rocker "Walk" on an outdoor stage, just in case you forgot what every other song the band has ever written sounds like. For those who are curious, they sound exactly like this one.
This, however, was what Grammy voters awarded the rock song trophy. As leader Dave Grohl shouted that he never wants to die and he's dancing on his grave, his backing band gave a completely capable, completely forgettable arena rock effort. It's simple, straightforward, moderately catchy and not really about anything.
Next up was the award for ... never mind, the Grammy Awards telecast isn't really about awards, as 68 of them were given out in the pre-show broadcast. Instead, Rihanna performed her tepid raver "We Found Love," an uneven mix of her heartache-y vocals and glittery-swift techno-pop. No wonder Coldplay covered it, as it's more hammy than it is dancey.
Coldplay, the band that sounds great when heard in the background of your local grocery store but somewhat boring at every other instance in life, then performed its Rihanna collaboration "Princess of China." Martin was all puppy-dog yearning when he was solo, and his band mates, adept at rocking sympathetically, then joined him for "Paradise." That being said, Coldplay's universe, what with its neon-lit graffiti, seems like a lovely place to take a nap.
— Todd Martens
Photo: Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters on stage at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12, 2012. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times