The Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails – Marlay park – August 22nd 2007

After several months of debating whether or not to go to my fourth Foo Fighters concert in Marlay Park, I finally decided to go about a month before hand. What persuaded me you might ask? Well, Dave Grohl is one of my favourite front men of the last 10 years. The Foo Fighters are truly enjoyable band to watch live and finally, Trent Reznor and co. were stopping of for a visit, and there was no way I was missing that.
I used to be a very big fan of Nine Inch Nails but over the years I have let my interest in them slip. I simply got bored of them and couldn’t listen to songs about Pigs anymore. However, as soon as NIN took the stage yesterday that interest was rekindled. Half of the crowd were there for NIN and NIN alone meaning at 6 o’clock on a bright sunny day in Dublin’s beautiful Marlay Park, thousands of black clad teens and Goths gathered together to celebrate their Idol’s return to our shores after a thirteen year absence.
Trent and new band bashed out a truly greatest hits set that any other support band couldn’t deliver in their wildest dreams, had it not being for the daylight blaring down on the stage, NIN would have walked away the true headliners.
The only major sign that this was the Foo’s show, was the absence of ‘Hurt’ or any encore at the end. However, they managed to get through ‘Head Like a Hole’, ‘Starfuckers Inc.’, ‘Piggy’, ‘Closer’, ‘Wish’ and several more NIN standard classics.
I cant remember how long it took to set up the Foo’s, but the gigantic Support set up that NIN required, took at least 2 pints a piss to dismantle.
As daylight slipped away and the clouds cleared to show a bright moon light evening, a massive roar came from the crowd now massed around the stage. Dave Grohl appeared under a selection of blue spotlights and played ‘Everlong’ alone, in what was a obvious nod to the bands recent acoustic live album ‘Skin and Bones’. Dave continued to play the whole song by himself until the last chorus when the build up began and spotlights blew out across the stage revealing the rest of the group who then hammered into Everlong like it deserves. Before the crowd could catch it’s breath the went straight into Monkey Wrench, bringing great joy to those who prefer the pre-‘Colour and Shape’ material..
Dave commanded the stage and crowd with his usual flamboyance rarely seen on modern stages. Playing crowd favourites such as ‘Learn to Fly’, Breakout’, ‘Generator’, ‘Up in Arms’, ‘DOA’ and many, more besides.
Dave is a man, every music fan wants to drink with. A man who went from being a world renowned drummer in one of the most influential bands in history (along with one of the biggest) to forming his own band and doing it all over again. He is truly a great musician and front man and this is especially prominent during his live performances.
After 90 minutes of hit after hit, A special guest appeared on the stage without any introduction (as if he needed one). Former Nirvana/Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear joined the band for three songs before the end of their set. The only screams that cam close to his welcome were the cheers of ‘sheep!’ the crowd chanted after Dave told a personal story about coming to Ireland in 1992 and visiting Kerry, I’ll let you do the math.
‘Best of you’ and ‘All My Life’ were among the encore highlights (which lasted an impressive 5 songs). The Foo’s played 17 songs in 90 minutes and announced they would return in November with a new album and show.
Crowd happy, band happy, job well done.

NIN Setlist

“Terrible Lie”
“March Of The Pigs”
“No, You Don’t”
“Down In It”
“Starfuckers, Inc.”
“The Hand That Feeds”
“Head Like A Hole

The Foo Fighters Setlist:

Monkey Wrench
My Hero
Times Like These
Up In Arms
Learn to Fly
The One
Stacked Actors
The is a Call
Best of You

The Pretender
Keep the Car Running (Arcade Fire cover)
Enough Space
All My Life


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