Music review: Foo Fighters, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow ****
Full disclosure: I’ve always been indifferent towards the hardest working band in showbiz. I neither like nor dislike them. They’ve always just been “there” for the last 25 years. Having now seen them work their masses-pleasing rock magic in the flesh, I understand why they’ve been so successful. They put on a great show indebted to the likes of Queen, Kiss, AC/DC, Slade and Springsteen. Foo Fighters have learned from the best (and Kiss).
They’ve assimilated all the arena rock clichés – call and response singalongs, absurdly protracted song endings, drum solos – and repackaged them with an affectionately knowing wink. They’re not a joke band, but they get the joke.
Tonight they played all the hits – Monkey Wrench, My Hero, Learn to Fly and the power pop dazzler Times Like These – plus a charmingly ragged cover of Queen/Bowie’s Under Pressure. The gig was so loud it could be heard all over the West End of Glasgow, essentially giving people a free concert whether they wanted it or not. Grohl’s gang are immune to failure. Paul Whitelaw