A few times during the Thursday evening performance at the sold-out Xcel Energy Center the Foo Fighters Dave Grohl reported that tonight is the final night of a 100 city tour that started 18 months ago. Two Canadian make up shows from cancellations last month remain hanging gingerly in the balance for sometime next week, but it sounded to me that Dave was happy to call St Paul the final stop, and that it’s time to celebrate!
This was the third consecutive time I’ve watched this band give the adoring, multi-generational crowd in St Paul their moneys worth. One can never say that Dave Grohl and company do not give their all, whether it be with stressed vocal cords, or a broken limb in a cast. Grohl is the ultimate rock & roll trooper, and at almost 50 years of age, shows no sign of slowing down. (well, a short break is in order according to previous reports/stories) He could still be that dude next door who plays guitar & drums, and who you could easily drink a beer with if you had the chance to do so.
A couple of high points for me – the addition of female backing vocals was a very nice addition, especially during La Dee Da from their latest album Concrete & Gold. Also, at the end of the main set & Everlong my companion asked of me, “what does he do now to top that”?

Well, the long-extended jam-like cover & tribute to Tom Petty with Breakdown was especially nice. So was the addition of White Limo. During the aforementioned offering Dave had spotted a HUGE fan hoisted banner for White Limo, and then demanded that those down on the floor hoisting the 6’-8’ ft banner pass it forward to the stage so he could hang it up back in his home studio. The fans complied, and then Grohl wryly thanked them for their hard work on the banner! (it was cute)

I’ll share with you some photo’s below, but ask you if you were one that went to the Thursday night show please share your thoughts, your photos, and highpoints from what you experienced at the Z-Rock Facebook page.

Despite being a little under the weather at show time, Friday morning, and at the time of writing this short recap for you Z-Rockers , it was yet another fantastic performance from the Foo’s, and their front-man who could easily seem like your next door neighbor!

'Train Wreck' ~ Z-Rock Weekends

Foo Fighters Set List from Thursday at the Xcel:
• Run
• The Sky Is a Neighborhood
• La Dee Da (background singers shine!)
• Sunday Rain (with drum solo)
• Something From Nothing
• Walk
• These Days
• The Pretender
• Times Like These
• All My Life
• Learn to Fly
• Breakout
• Band intros with Imagine/Jump, Another One Bites the Dust, Blitzkrieg Bop, Under Pressure
• My Hero
• Monkey Wrench
• Everlong

• ENCORE:

• Breakdown (Tom Petty cover)
• White Limo ( Grohl asks for fans banner on the floor)
• Cold Day in the Sun
• Best of You

 

Photo: Train Wreck ~ Z-Rock Weekends