Written By Braddon S. Williams

Foo Fighters: Echos, Silence, Patience & Grace

Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007) by Foo Fighters is a piece of work that pretty well sums up a lot of what makes them such a great band.

It has the big, loud rockers and it has some really nice melodic quiet stuff, too.

They even included their first instrumental song on this album. Dave Grohl and company worked with the same producer who helped them create The Colour And The Shape, which is my favorite album of theirs.

Gil Norton seems to be the guy who gets the best work out of them, because Echoes is totally solid from start to finish.

The Pretender, Let It Die, Home, Statues, Long Road To Ruin, and Erase/Replace are all killer tracks, some of which are designed to blow audiences out of their seats in concert.


Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Dave Grohl wrote and recorded the first Foo Fighters record by himself, but in 1997 he unveiled the first proper “band” album by the Foos, the amazing The Colour And The Shape. Featuring three huge songs in the arsenal of hits they were rapidly accumulating, Monkey Wrench, My Hero, and Everlong, this album remains the biggest seller in Foo Fighters’ career. During recording sessions, Grohl replaced the drum tracks that had been recorded by drummer William Goldsmith, resulting in Goldsmith leaving the band, but Dave knew what he wanted and obviously got the results he was looking for. In addition to the hits, this album contains one of my favorite tracks by the band, the amazing New Way Home. All these years later, Foo Fighters are one of the best live bands in the world, and it all started with this album.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

On this date in history, 7/26/2018, Foo Fighters and The Struts played a phenomenal show at Deer Creek in Noblesville, IN (Ruoff Mortgage Music Center if you insist on being up to date). The moon was full, the weather was perfect, and the place was sold out and packed tight with a fanatical crowd of Dave Grohl’s tribe. The Struts opened the show with an enjoyable and peppy set of good songs and great vocals. Luke Spiller, the lead singer/front man of the band, has a look and style that conjures up memories of the late Freddie Mercury, also possessing an impressive vocal range. However, I felt he got a bit carried away with attempting to get the crowd to sing along and wave their hands in the air. The Struts appear to have a good future ahead of them, having opened for the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Who, Guns N’ Rose, and toured with Foo Fighters. Hopefully they will rely on their real strength, which is their music. Three years have passed since Dave Grohl performed with his band at this same venue. At that show, Dave had to remain seated (in a throne made of guitars) due to a broken leg. On this night he was back on his feet and roamed the stage like a man possessed. As a matter of fact, if you could bottle the energy of Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, the Foo’s drummer, you could likely power the entire planet for at least 7 years. Like the previous show, heavy emphasis was on the impressive list of Foo Fighter hits and classics, but new songs from their most recent album were fantastic, too. For me (and probably many others) some of the best stuff was during the block of songs when Grohl introduced the band. Hearing Foo Fighters covering Alice Cooper (Under My Wheels), Ramones (Blitzkrieg Bop), and a hilarious mashup of the piano part for John Lennon’s Imagine with Van Halen’s Jump sung over the top of it was priceless. All of this was a buildup to the moment when Dave went back to play drums while Taylor Hawkins and Luke Spiller from The Struts channeled David Bowie and Freddie Mercury in an outstanding cover of the Bowie/Queen classic Under Pressure. Foo Fighters rocked at a relentless pace for 2 1/2 hours, featuring a killer light show and loud, but crystal clear sound. There aren’t many bands around these days who can stage a grand spectacle of a show like this (and have the songs to pull it off), so I hope we can keep the members of Foo Fighters healthy and happy, and doing this for years to come!

Written By “The Concert Critic” AKA Braddon S. Williams

A Little About The Author:

My name is Braddon S. Williams and I share Lemmy’s birthday, Christmas Eve (12/24/1961). I started playing guitar when I was 13 years old, not long after discovering the first Kiss album. From there, the process of discovery was unstoppable, and I find that I am still constantly finding new artists who inspire me all these years later. I began writing a series of essays detailing all my concert experiences throughout the years on my Facebook page and was asked if it would be okay to publish them on the Vinyl Lair site, which I obviously saw as a wonderful opportunity! From there I decided to take the 10 album challenge, but quickly determined that I would have a terrible time limiting all my musical loves to such an inadequate number, so I opted to go for 365. I figured if “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, then an album a day should keep boredom at bay! I am in the process of putting an old band of mine back together and also working up a set of mixed covers and originals for a solo acoustic act. Music is my fountain of youth, along with a love of dogs, beautiful women (and anyone who can make me laugh and carry on a deep conversation). Oh yes, I am also a movie fanatic. Feel free to send me a friend request on Facebook or follow my Instagram account @sinisterbrad.

On This Date in History

On this date in history, 8/27/2015, I saw Foo Fighters and Naked Raygun at Deer Creek in Noblesville, IN. Naked Raygun opened the show with a solid set of their punk influenced rock, but they were clearly out of their element in such a large outdoor venue. I would like to see them in a small club sometime and compare the energy levels for the audiences. I’m sure the club show would be the best way to experience them. They had been featured on the first episode of Foo Fighters’ HBO mini-series, Sonic Highways, and were an early influence on Dave Grohl. His generosity in bringing them along on tour was impressive and speaks volumes about the man’s integrity. When Foo Fighters took the stage, Mr. Grohl was confined to a throne lined with guitars, a result of a prior stage accident that left him with a broken leg. Even with this handicap, Dave was a literal fireball of energy, and had the crowd eating out of his hand. The 2 hour plus set they delivered was crammed full of all their hits, plus excellent deep cuts, and a generous supply of cover songs, including an inspired take on Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”, promised to the crowd mid show by Dave Grohl, who had noticed a lot of guys wearing Rush shirts. He said that if they would all take off their shirts and wave them around their heads for the duration of a song, Foo Fighters would play the Rush classic before the concert was over. A surprise visit by John Popper, the extraordinary harmonica legend from Blues Traveler, resulted in a wicked blues jam late in the show. I have been to a pretty large number of concerts in the past 40 or so years, and this one was one of the top 2 or 3 loudest crowds I have ever heard…possibly THE loudest…just literally seismically loud, and it was like that for the entire duration of the time Foo Fighters were on stage. The lights and rear screen projections were absolutely amazing, too, as well as the concert sound. Kudos to the crew…they definitely enhanced an already wonderful show. Hopefully, at some point in time, I will be able to catch them again and see what Dave can do when he’s on his feet and has full access to the stage.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History