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Foo Fighters do all the right things, but don't inspire

October 30, 2008 |  9:22 pm

Foo Fighters at the historic Avalon

The atmosphere couldn't have been more perfect: lovable arena rock band playing in a club whose roof they should be able to blow off. Last night's free show (thanks to the sponsorship of the new BlackBerry iPhone-like mobile device) boasted desert rock heroes Queens of the Stone Age and the always-entertaining Foo Fighters at the historic Avalon. Only problem: There was no magic.

Can't really blame Dave Grohl or the Foos -- they plowed through many of their hits with all the spastic energy of kids playing air guitar. There is so much joy in Fooville that it's hard to leave a show like that and say "meh," but "meh" is what I'm sticking to. There were no surprises, no special guests (unless you consider Pat Smear -- the on-again, off-again Foo guitarist) and nothing shocking.

Foo Fighters at the historic Avalon

The best moment of the night was the drum solo from Taylor Hawkins. Hawkins has one of the toughest jobs in rock backing Grohl, but he pulls it off beautifully and in such a rock-star way.

But when a drum solo from the second-best drummer in the house is the most memorable moment, you can't get too excited about the show in retrospect.

Guess you get what you pay for.

-- Photos and post by Tony Pierce