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A day for celebration

Foo Fighters
Veteran's Park
Milwaukee, WI
Aug. 29, 2008
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Story and photos by Phil Bonyata

The Foo Fighters were a perfectly tasty fit for The Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary in Milwaukee last Friday night. Perfect because of their slew of massive hits throughout the last decade that the large contingent of middle-aged bikers fondly recognized and with enough hip cache to make the choice hugely relevant among the young in attendance. A sea of motorcycles encircled most of Veteran's Park - looking more like a staging area for the invasion of Normandy rather than the parking lot of a rock concert.

Lead singer Dave Grohl has remodeled himself from a beast of a drummer with Nirvana into one of rock's most dynamic frontmen. Furiously whipping his long brown hair about like Iggy Pop swinging his last dance in the electric chair, Grohl was already deeply rooted in his element. The Foos ripped the wings off of "Learn To Fly" while launching the jagged riffs into a full blown assault. The mostly leather audience fed off of The Foos relentless energy while giving the loving cup right back to Grohl and company throughout the entire set. "My Hero" infused with a pop confident chorus and a thrusting melody, had Grohl spin around the stage like a Tasmanian Devil tripped out on too much coffee.

The songs from 2007's Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace were generously served with delicious takes on "Long Road To Ruin," "The Pretender" and "Cheer Up, Boys (Your Makeup Is Running)." No one in rock can lay down the furious foundation as drummer Taylor Hawkins can. With a sensational pace of rhythm and rage, Taylor was more than able to steal some of the attention away from the charismatic Grohl. The sparse beauty of "Skin and Bones" was haunting with it's undercurrent of skeletal reckoning.

"I just downed a couple of shots of Crown and I'm feeling good" proclaimed the beaming Grohl. The Foo Fighters were in town to party on Harley's 105th Anniversary, but more importantly to celebrate their continuing renaissance.
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