Review by Stefan Baumschlager
We arrived an hour late for the ‘secret’ [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foo Fighters[/lastfm] show Tuesday night at the famed Austin venue and BBQ joint Stubb’s, but that didn’t mean the lines were any shorter. Dave Grohl and company were playing to help celebrate the release of a documentary about the band, Back and Forth, which had played as part of the SXSW Film Festival. The show was a hot ticket obviously, and the long wait to get in was only further proof.
But SXSW wouldn’t be SXSW without long lines, right? And it’s not all bad, either. Because while standing in line you inevitably bump into friends and colleagues, and make new contacts, and friends, as well. It’s a great time to get the lowdown of everyone’s SXSW experience so far–what they think is the most interesting new app, band, or great BBQ joint around the corner.
So even though the Foos start pretty much on time, and while we’re still in the middle of the queue, you gotta love SXSW for the friendly banter; it’s all part of the experience.
I finally got inside when the Foo Fighters were about halfway through playing their new album. It’s the second time I’m hearing it live, in fact, as the band had played the whole thing this past February in London when Dave Grohl was awarded the Godlike Genius Award from British music magazine NME.
And was the case during the London show, the Foo Fighters spoiled us fans here in Austin as well by playing not only the whole new album, but adding another good hour and a half of their greatest hits. Which was, of course, when the crowd fully went nuts. Everyone was hands-in-the-air screaming at the top oftheir lungs for a set that basically read like their Last.fm top track charts (though not necessarily in that order, of course).
Watch a Back and Forth film trailer: