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Foo Fighters are worth the eternal wait at St. Joe’s Amp (Syracuse Concert Review)

Foo Fighters are worth the eternal wait at St.  Joe’s Amp (Syracuse Concert Review)

Foo Fighters fans had to wait an “eternal” time to see the band on Wednesday night in St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, but it was all worth it.

Dave Grohl-led rock band’s plane was delayed from New York City, and had not even arrived in Syracuse when Bambara opened the stage at. 20.35. Bambara was originally scheduled to perform at. 7:30, and the Foo Fighters were scheduled for 8:30; restless fans tolerated Bambara while hectically checking social media for updates. Rumors began to fly that the concert might be canceled, but Foos landed safely at Hancock Airport around 6 p.m. 9:30 a.m. and was escorted by Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department vehicles to the scene.

It was especially stressful and exhausting for fans who had arrived early to be screened for Covid-19; all participants had to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test. Preliminary investigations began Tuesday, and gates opened Wednesday at 7 p.m. 15, but lines were still long at 7 a.m. for fans trying to get into the amplifier — plus some were still stuck in traffic on I-690 as late as 8 p.m.

Eventually, everyone made it. The Foo Fighters finally took the stage at 9:56 p.m. – almost 90 minutes late – with an enthusiastic performance of “Times Like These” followed by “The Pretender” and “Learn to Fly.”

Grohl told the audience that the band, who had performed at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday and at NYC’s Coney Island on Monday, were stuck on the tarmac for four hours due to the weather and were worried that “we will not f — ing make it ”at all. If they did not, the almost sold-out crowd would have been massively disappointed, it was the Foo Fighters’ first time in Syracuse since playing Landmark Theater in 2000, the same year the band retired from a performance on K-Rockathon due to a planning conflict.

“Wait, it took 20 years to play Syracuse? What the hell, it’s bull —! Exclaimed Grohl.

Foo Fighters may have trimmed one or two songs from their originally planned set list, but still wrapped up in hits like “My Hero,” “Best of You” and “All My Life” for an entire two-hour show. (A representative of St. Joe’s Amp said the curfew was extended; the concert ended just before midnight.)

Grohl, 52, ran around the stage all night with so much energy that you might have thought he was still 20 years old and drumming for Nirvana. He screamed through the funky “The Sky is a Neighborhood”, invited everyone to sing along to “Breakout” and hit some high notes on “Shame Shame” from the group’s latest album “Medicine at Midnight”. He also quietly opened a refrigerator on stage that looked like a Marshall amp and briefly sipped a beer between songs.

The best part of the night, however, may have been when a disco ball appeared across the stage and the band briefly turned into the Dee Gees and performed a fun cover of the Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing.” (The merchant tables, which saw longer lines than food stalls, sold Dee Gees vinyl slip mats and “Hail Satin” t-shirts in the ’70s along with a really cool concert poster filled with Syracuse Easter eggs.)

When the band returned to form as Foo Fighters, Grohl introduced band members on stage. He took a cigarette break and drank from a bottle of bubbly as bassist Nate Mendel, keyboardist / organist Rami Jaffee and guitarists Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett performed solos, including a short piece of The Ramones’ hey-ho-let’s go anthem “Blitzkrieg Bop . ”

Then everyone really got loose when Grohl switched drums to a cover of Queen’s “Somebody to Love” as drummer Taylor Hawkins with his perfect hair and beach-ready shorts took over vocals with his best Freddie Mercury impression. (By the way, the drum kit paid tribute to the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts with a message that said “RIP Charlie.”)

Grohl kept joking with “one more song”, well aware that the show was now past everyone’s bedtime (and probably violated Geddes’ noise ordinance). Then he noticed how wild it has been that the band started 26 years ago — Foo Fighters was originally scheduled to do a 25-year anniversary tour last year, but then the coronavirus pandemic happened — and played a song from their self-titled first album , “This is a Call” from 1995.

The night ended with the fan favorite “Everlong”, a fitting closer to fans waiting here for you, Dave.

“If anything could ever be so good again, the only thing I would ever ask you to do, promise not to stop when I say when,” sang Grohl (and about 17,000 fans). When.

Foo Fighters at St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater in Lakeview, Syracuse, NY, Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Scott Schild | [email protected]

Foo Fighters set list September 15, 2021

At St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater in Lakeview, Syracuse, NY

Times like these


Learn to fly

None of my sons

The sky is a quarter of an hour

Shame Shame


My hero

These days


You Should Be Dancing (Bee Gees cover)

Band members solo + Blitzkrieg Bop snippet

Somebody to Love (Queen cover)

All my life

This is a call

Best of you


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