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Foo Fighters to share Reno stage Friday
by Cortney Maddock
Jan 30, 2008 | 1433 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Promotional Photo - The Foo Fighters will perform at the Reno Events Center Friday night at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available through
Promotional Photo - The Foo Fighters will perform at the Reno Events Center Friday night at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available through
It is very possible that when the lights come up on the stage Friday night, everyone may forget they came to see the Foo Fighters.

The Foo Fighters, who have been making music for 10 years and have six studio albums, will take the stage at the Reno Events Center Friday night as part of the band's tour promoting their latest release “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.”

While fans might go just to see the Foo Fighters, they might come away with a new favorite band. Against Me! will open Friday’s show and have an electric stage presence. The proletariat rockers are gaining recognition and praise throughout the music community for their edgy in-your-face songs that point out the truth of society’s current state – without sugar coating it.

Against Me! has played in Reno before and will no doubt be joyously welcomed back. If you own any of the band's recordings, seeing them play a live show will make the noise coming out of your CD suddenly sound disappointing. The band gives every ounce of energy they have and the crowd usually gives it right back. The level of angst is always kicked up a notch and so is the skill of guitar and bass playing. These four guys from Florida will get the crowd rocking.

Against Me!’s live performances give go much energy that picking them as the opening band was a wise choice for even a long-established and still-popular band like the Foo Fighters. Against Me! always gets their crowd riled up.

Don’t forget about the Foo Fighters though — after all, it is their tour and they will play just as hard. This tour is to promote the band's new album, "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace," the follow up to the Foo Fighter's 2006 under-the-radar live album “Skin and Bones." The new work takes the band in a new direction with an eclectic mix of rock songs accompanied with melodic retrospective tunes.

Foo Fighters singer and guitarist Dave Grohl started his music career as a drummer with the short-lived but prolific and influential band Nirvana. Less than a year after Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain, committed suicide in 1994, the Foo Fighters released their self-titled debut album.

While the Foo Fighters, named after unidentified light objects found in the skies over Germany by the U.S. military after World War II, didn’t see success until 1997 with “The Colour and The Shape,” the band accepted the success from the album and has never slowed down.

The 2005 “In Your Honor” earned the band five Grammy nominations but the Foo Fighters have taken home gilded record players for 2002’s “One by One” and 1999’s “There is Nothing Left to Lose” for Best Rock Albums.

With such success it is hard to believe that Friday night could go badly and all signs are pointing to a good performance. Fans who have seen the Foo Fighters live won’t want to pass up a chance to see them again.

Grohl now looks back and understands that his band is more than just other musicians but family members and credits their success to moderation.

"The key to longevity is balance," Grohl told Spin Magazine in its October 2007 issue. "And I love the band like a family."

Against Me!’s young, fresh and edgy material coupled with the Foo Fighters’ new material and "old" favorites, like “Hero” and “Everlong,” will make Friday a good night for rock 'n' roll in Reno.
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