The American Family Insurance Amphitheater presents The Foo Fighters.
Photos and review by Brian Curski.
“The Foo Fighters know how to put on a rock show. When they play the first concert in the newly renovated American Family Insurance Amphitheater in Milwaukee to around 24,000 people probably attending their first show in a while, it’s electric.
The show started out at half speed, with a stripped down version of Times Like These, before kicking in with the full band halfway through the song. After that, the hits kept coming. Highlights from the new album Medicine At Midnight included the title track, and Making A Fire at the mid point of the show. The went played from their whole catalog, including This Is A Call off the first album 26 years ago, and the number 26 was seen on shirts all over the place.
They even threw in a few covers. You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees was helped by a huge disco ball, and drummer Taylor Hawkins switched spots with frontman Dave Grohl for Queen’s Somebody to Love. The even played the first 30 seconds or so of Jane’s Addition’s Mountain song during the band introductions, starting by founding bass player Nate Mendal.
Grohl said from the stage it’s hard to pick the setlist because they want to make every happy, but know they cannot, before playing “Aurora” from Nothing Left To Lose for “the hard core Foo Fighters fans”, before finishing the show with three of their biggest hits.
Multiple times during the show, Grohl would ask the crowd “did you miss this?”, before confirming “I missed this too”. The main highlight of the show for me was hearing the entire crowd singing along “wooooo” during Best Of You in the encore. I can’t wait to see more rock shows like this”