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Foo Fighters Live in Bangkok 2017 Review

Concert review time with the most anticipated concert of all (for me!) in a year that is stacked with super stars heading here to the City of Angels. I’ve been a foo fighter fan ever since “Big Me” (takes out a Mentos Footos) back in 1996 which means I am, in Dave Grohl’s own words, an old mother****er. Thanks, Dave, glad to see you as well.

The Foo Fighters have been one of two bands on top of my bucket list of bands I wanted to see live at least once, the other, tragically being Linkin’ Park. Since this is not possible anymore, I was even more looking forward to this concert. That doesn’t mean that I wasn’t critical – if you’ve read prior concert reviews you might have seen that I’m not always just fan boying and, upon arriving at the venue, my German spirit came crashing down in full force when I saw the terrible job the organizers were doing in letting people into the venue. The queues were insanely long and staff seemed to be helpless at points and in way above their heads. It wasn’t even such a big venue (which also was a bit disappointing. Come one, it’s the Foo Fighters and you can’t fill a bigger venue?). However that wasn’t the bands fault and hence no reason to bring fire and fury like the world has never seen (yes, I do follow politics) into this review.

The Foo Fighters live in Concert

The tentative schedule that made the rounds said the Foo Fighters would play from 21.15 – 22.45 but everybody who has ever seen a Foo Fighters concert before, live or on youtube, knew that wouldn’t happen. The Foo Fighters don’t just play 90 minutes and go home. They give their fans what they deserve. To quote Dave Grohl once more: “We got a 150 songs and we’re going to play all of them”.

Once the concert kicked off, everything was forgotten. The small venue, the bad organization, the empty seats and the weird security guys. The band established a quick connection with the audience (Dave’s use of the F word is almost poetic) and while one might think that such a big band wouldn’t be that motivated to play in front of a smaller audience they didn’t seem to be bothered and simply put on a great show. I want to be like that when I’m old(er)!

One thing I loved was that at some point the band actually seemed a bit stunned that the audience could sing along with some of the old, less famous songs as most of the people at the concert weren’t around in the 90s they sure did their homework and knew the lyrics to most songs. In between their biggest hits (and man do they have a lot of hits) they seemed to improvise a bit and even hit us with a few really old or less played songs which was also pretty cool and made the evening feel even more special.

When looking at Dave or Taylor you wouldn’t necessarily know how old they are but when you look a bit further right to Pat Smear you see that he’s not the youngest anymore but he still has so much fun and puts so much passion into performing, it’s just insane. You gotta love it. The fact that they’ve all been together for so long also allows for great chemistry on stage which results in a perfect show that doesn’t feel forced or rehearsed at all.

Back to the songs. Most bands start off slowly and then hit you with their hits at the end. The Foo Fighters have so many hits, they don’t need to do that. They start off with full force and Everlong, hit you with Learn to Fly, top it with The Pretender, make the crowd go wild with Hero and cap it off with The Best of You and many more ass kicking hits in between which leads to 2.5 hours passing by as if it was nothing (here’s to hoping that my voice will be back one of these days). They obviously also take some breathers with a few slower sings in between but they aren’t less energetic or have the crowd any less invested. Even the new songs, which are often problematic at concerts, connected well with everyone. Heck, many audience members even knew the lyrics to those.

If you would ask me about my favorite song or moment from the concert, I couldn’t really answer. As soon as the Foo Fighters went on stage I felt like the money was already worth it. While singing along to Everlong I thought ‘man, that starts off really well’ but when The Pretender hit I got some real goose bumps which got even topped with Hero and the singing audience but even ‘slow’ songs such as Wheels kicked and kept a smile on my face for the whole of the concert. I don’t want to sound like a typical fan boy, but there really was no low point (besides the spilled beer on my clothes – thx neighbor – but whatever. THERE GOES MY HEROOOOOO). Well, actually there was a problem: The concert ended! But it’s alright, it’s alright. They said they’ll be back, and I’ll most certainly be there.

With this performance the Foo Fighters shot right to the top of my top live acts right past Coldplay and probably even past Imagine Dragons. What did you think about the concert? Shout out in the comments!

 

Sascha Funk

Founder / Editor at My-Thai.org
Sascha is the publisher of my-thai.org and switched from an online marketing agency life in Europe to a teaching and education life in Thailand. He also writes about Teaching & Technology.

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  • Phirachash Piyawutiposh

    I want to cry that I miss this concert. I really love Foo fighter and Dave growl, they are talented. At first, I expect to go to this concert for sure, but when the ticket sold, no one will go with me and there are many concerts will come in this year and following year, so it is hard decision to make. I listen to Foo fighter for the first time on television ten years ago that song is long road to ruin. At first, I have no idea who is the artist, but I need to watch because the music video is very funny and the song is fantastic. Great for you that you go to a great concert like this. I saw many Foo fighters concert video in the YouTube and it still very good. I can’t imagine how wonderful it is in the real concert.

    P.s. I went to Coldplay concert as well.

  • It was awesome indeed. I also had to go alone since most of my friends spend their money for Ed Sheeran and such concerts but for me the Foo Fighters were a must and they didn’t disappoint. Foo Fighters and Coldplay in the same year is a great concert experience :)

  • Watsakorn Kaewsaard

    Not a big fan of Foo Fighter myself, but on the concert night I saw my brother came home crying about that he has witnessed the best concert in his life. I’ve got a goosebumps by watching the video the post provided. People were actually enjoying the concert by seeing that most of the crowd didn’t use their phones, hands in the air and clap along. It gives me the nostalgia of being in Avenged Sevenfold concert in Thailand.

  • It certainly was a very special concert. The fact that they’re not that famous in Thailand probably led to a very narrow audience of mostly real foo fighter fans and hence the atmosphere was so much fun :)

  • Diskul Skuldist

    When this concert has been announced, I was really hype but because of the expensive ticket, I decided to skip this concert but damn it, this article make me regret what I’ve done. Foo Fighter are well-know by their outstanding live performance, they always perform it over 100% in every show. Who is the organizer of this show by the way? I think the organizer might be new in this industry or they might really have a very tight budget. However, this case show that the great band doesn’t need any fancy stage or a big venue to rock the show.

  • Varinthorn Witwarakoon

    Actually I don’t know Foo Fighter before. But two years ago, I was in Belgium attending Rock Werchter 2015 at Werchter park, Belgium. Foo Fighter was on the line up too. My friend told me that they are really good. But unluckily, They canceled to show one day before. I wish I could saw them 2 years ago.

  • That’s unfortunate. They really rock live!

  • Agree that good Rock bands can entertain in any setting. As proven here :) don’t really know who organized but well, hope they learned something :)

  • William Wu

    As a fan of kurt cobain, I feel a little bit disappointed on missing this show. Nevertheless, I am not that “big” Foo Fighter fanboy. Only some songs hooked me like “Walk,” “Best of you,” and “Everlong.” That’s why I leave this concert to my friends who were a real fan. While I am reading this article, I am actually sad about my past dicision. Since, the odd of seeing Dave f***ing Grohl live at your hometown is f***ing rarer than order 2k worth food and they give you for free. Sorry for swearing a lot. I love JM202 and Nirvana.

  • Penny

    I like this review of the concert. I watched the concert and really, the Foos did not disappoint. I was having a blast watching them perform and sing along to their songs, both old and new records. And I agree with everyone here, they always give it their best 100%. 👍🏻

  • Beer Suwongwan

    Honestly, Foo Fighter is one of my favorite rock bands. For me Dave Grohl is more than like an ordinary rock stars, He is more like a man who continue purpose of his old band Nirvana. i am so ashamed to admit that I don’t have enough money for this concert. I wish I could see them live again and perform The pretender, everlong, and so on. I know that they would give me a satisfy moment.

  • Thanks for your comment. Glad you had fun as well watching them. I love how they always give 100% for their fans! That makes them the superstars they are!

  • In this case swearing is ok – Dave Grohl did that too, obviously ;-) It was awesome indeed and I’m glad I went even though all of my friends chickened out.

  • There’s no need to be ashamed as concerts are really getting expensive these days. Fully understand everyone who can’t attend, it does leave a big dent in ones wallet. I also like that Dave Grohl kept going after his early Nirvana days. I currently watched his appearance on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert and he brought his mom along, so also seems to be really cool guy off the stage.

  • Beer Suwongwan

    Ah i watched it that he talks about how to raising a Rock star from a child to now. It was a nice show. By the way, Dave is a cool guy, he can proof that you don’t need lesson to rock.

  • Booker Vannapruk

    Hey I am there too !! I am so glad that Foo Fighter now come back to Bangkok after 20 years in that time they are just small indie rock band but now they are the legend rock band. The most exciting thing for me in that show is they use a super set play lists in Bangkok show they move the last song to be a open song to mention ” 20 Fuc**ng years” It give power to the crowd and best of you as the last song this show is amazing and unpredictable. As I am a musician my 6000 Baths worth my life experience :)