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Learn to Fly (Foo Fighters live in South Africa)

13 December 2014 at FNB Stadium (Soccer City) – Johannesburg

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If you remember the movie, Independence Day where the alien spaceship looms over the city; you will understand the feeling one gets as you walk towards the stadium.

Shaped as a calabash; that FNB stadium is massive! Like the sheer size of the venue, so was our excitement: huge!

We walked into the first song of the Kaizer Chiefs’ set. They definitely did their bit to warm up the crowd and get the party started. With fan favourites such as Ruby and I Predict a Riot; we all enjoyed singing along. It was cool to see two of the band members sporting Kaizer Chief (local soccer team) tops who were the inspiration for the band’s name.

But honestly, they were not the reason we came…

Lights go out, crowd roars and then:

That familiar driving guitar riff as the band runs onto stage…

“All my life, I’ve been searching for something.”

A big start! For the big show that followed. The band played for a total of 2 hours and 45 mins.
Dave Grohl went on about it taking 20 years to come to South Africa; and I think they were really surprised to hear all of the crowd singing their songs back to them.

(Let’s hope they go and tell all their rock friends, how rad the South Africa crowd actually are! And more bands come to our shores.)

“I’m looking to the sky to save me, I’m looking for a sign of life.”

We were spoiled to go through hits from all their albums. Here is the SETLIST for that warm memorable summer night:

setlist 1 setlist 2

“When the wheels come down (When the wheels come down)
When the wheels touch ground (When the wheels touch ground)”

It’s hard to capture such a great night with words, however I will attempt to explain some highlights. After two thirds of the set, Dave walked along the ramp through the golden circle to a stage that was just in front of the General Standing.

There he did a solo of Wheels and started Times Like These.  I thought that was pretty cool.  He made those general standing ticket holders feel part of the show.  Respect, Dave, respect!

“I’m learning to walk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?
I’m learning to talk again
Can’t you see I’ve waited long enough?
Where do I begin?”

There was a moment in the show where I just looked around at those standing, those in the seats, everyone in the stadium was in bliss. They were lost in such a beautiful moment of good rock and roll. In the moment everything just felt right.

“What if I say I’m not like the others?
What if I say I’m not just another one of your plays?
You’re the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?”

If you weren’t there; you truly did miss out with this one.  One of the bigger rock bands to grace our shores… and we were not let down!  An incredible night indeed.

South Africa, was the start of the Foo Fighters tour of their latest (concept) album: Sonic Highways

We were treated to Congregation, In the Clear, Outside and Something from Nothing.

“Where is your blind faith?
No false hope
No false hope
Open your eyes, open your eyes
Step into the light
Open your eyes, step into the light
The sound becomes”

The night ended with a crowd anthem, where everyone sang and danced with conviction to: EVERLONG
Thank you Foo Fighters for rocking with us. And thanks to Big Concerts for getting them here!

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1) The Citizen got some good Foo Fighter pics HERE
2) To read another cool article about Foo Fighters go here:

Foo Fighters in Cape Town

(This post written 17 December 2014)

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