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Foo Fighters taught Columbus How to Fly

The Grammy Award winning Foo Fighters rocked Nationwide Arena on Sept. 22 in promoting their new album Wasting Light, an album recorded in the garage of front man Dave Grohl’s Encino, Calif, home using only analog equipment.

It was the band’s first appearance in Columbus in nearly 10 years went over two hours and included a mix of new and old classics.

Grohl, the former Nirvana drummer, belted out song after song and took a brief break to let drummer Taylor Hawkins sing Cold Day in the Sun, a B-side track that was on the In Your Honor album.

The band also includes Nate Mandel on base, Pat Smear on rhythm guitar and Chris Shiflett on lead and rhythm guitars and backing vocals.

The recent first-time winners of a MTV Video Music Award for the video Walk also performed Bridge Burning, Rope, White Limo, Arlandria and These Days from their latest album.

The band, which has been together since 1996, performed favorites such as My Hero, Learn to Fly, Stacked Actors, Monkey Wrench, This is a Call and All My Life. They also covered Pink Floyd’s In the Flesh and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’s Breakdown.

The five-song encore included acoustic versions of Long Road to Ruin and Best of You, Times Like These, Dear Rosemary, Breakdown and the traditional final song, Everlong.

It was an amazing night of Rock and Roll and no teenyboppers.

Ghohl is a Warren native. Rise Against and Mariachi el Bronx opened for Foo Fighters.

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