The Foo Fighters brought their arena rock show to a much smaller stage last night (Oct. 29) at the 1,400-capacity Avalon in Los Angeles, during a private concert with Queens Of The Stone Age to help promote Blackberry’s first touch-screen phone, the Storm.
Despite the corporate promotional element behind the show, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl assured the crowd that the band was there to rock. “Ladies and gentlemen, don’t be fooled,” he shouted,” we’re having a rock concert.”
Although sets from both acts were limited to about one hour, the Foos and QOTSA didn’t fail to deliver the rock. QOTSA took the stage around 8:15, tearing through such songs as “Millionaire,” “Mexicola,” “Little Sister,” “A Song for the Deaf” and “Sick, Sick, Sick,” among others. It seemed like a sure bet, but Grohl, who in the past has filled in as drummer for QOTSA, didn’t join the group onstage during its set.
The Foos’ 12-song set included “All My Life,” “Learn To Fly,” “Stacked Actors,” “My Hero,” Everlong” and “The Pretender.” The group is about to begin a lengthy hiatus in the wake of a busy 2008, which found it touring the world in support of last year’s “Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace.” On Nov. 18, RCA will release the Foo DVD “Live At Wembley Stadium,” chronicling June 6-7 shows at the London venue.
Research in Motion VP of brand marketing Paul Kalbfleisch says last night’s concert was a perfect way to “celebrate” the forthcoming release of Blackberry’s Storm, which is scheduled for release next month.
“We wanted to put on a show that fans would love — we knew Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age on the same stage would be memorable,” Kalbfleisch tells Billboard.com. “It was great to be able to offer Foo Fighter fans one last chance to see the band before they go on an 18-month hiatus.”
Blackberry allowed about 800 contest winners into the show. The event was first announced as a “secret show,” where fans were prompted to text in a code for access.
Here is the Foo Fighters’ set list:
“All My Life”
“Times Like These”
“Learn To Fly”
“Young Man Blues”
“Long Road To Ruin”
“Let It Die”
“Cold Day in the Sun”