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Foo Fighters – Live at The O2 Arena, London

Tuesday 19th September 2017

You wouldn’t expect to have such a great concert in the middle of the working week, but Dave Grohl and his band of merry men shook The O2 with a near 3 hour set of hits that wowed and amazed the crowd throughout.

The band begin their set with a rocking rendition of ‘I’ll Stick Around’ and then quickly blister through ‘All My Life’ before wowing the crowd with the almighty ‘Learn To Fly’. This show, as well as being part of the 10th Birthday Celebrations for the Arena, was to promote the release of Foo Fighters ninth studio album CONCRETE AND GOLD. Yes, there was plenty of new songs too…

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‘The Sky Is A Neighbourhood’ was slotted into the setlist early and it was amazing to see almost everyone singing this. Along with some other new tracks, we do get a version of ‘Rope’ with a greatly extended outro and ‘My Hero’ which begins as an intimate performance between Dave Grohl and the 16000 fans inside The O2.

Fancy a cover? ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ was performed by the rock band, and it was played in the presence of Roger Taylor and Brian May who were in attendance. Want another cover? How about ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ with Rick Astley singing on stage with them? This was indeed so damn good, you couldn’t help but rock out to it.

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The night continued with a great blend of tunes from all nine albums, I can’t think of many songs that were left out, this was a real collection of hits! When you get to ‘Best Of You’ and ‘Everlong’ at the end of the show, this is where the ultimate conclusion comes in. I will say I sung hard with every song that came on. Never have I known so many tracks by one band at a show.

For a one-off show in the UK, this was done with incredible precision and sounded fantastic throughout. Playing on stage for nearly 3 hours, the guys didn’t seem to beat a single drop of sweat. Dave Grohl was as usual on top form and could out-sing every single person in that arena. Then you have the awesome Taylor Hawkins on drums and then guitarists Nate Mendel, Pat Smear and Chris Shifett and not forgetting Rami Jaffee on keyboards. The whole band were tight and controlled without hitting a duff note.

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I loved this gig, the Foo Fighters met all my expectations and more. I was unable to see the guys in 2015 when Dave broke his leg, but this surely was the best concert I have ever attended. Can it be topped? Only when the Foo’s return to these shores!

Final rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Foo Fighters Cancel Tour…But I Have Something For The Fans

It was announced today (Tuesday 16th June) that Foo Fighters were to cancel their UK tour after Dave Grohl had broken his leg. Under doctors orders, the band have been forced to pull out of the following shows…

London, UK – Wembley Stadium – Fri 19th and Sat 20th June

Edinburgh, UK – BT Murrayfield Stadium – Tuesday 23rd June

Werchter, Belgium – FestivalPark Werchter – Thursday 25th June

Glastonbury Festival – Friday 26th June

While no date has been announced yet for the shows to be rescheduled, fans should stay hopeful that they will be able to do Wembley, BT Murrayfield and the other shows they have missed out on in the near future. Though this may be a sad time for fans, I have got an idea which may lessen the blow

On Friday 19th June from 9pm GMT, I will be live on The Radio Alternative providing fans with a playlist which will feature a track from each Foo Fighters studio album. That is EIGHT Foo Fighters tracks which will be played during the show. Give a shout to what tracks you want to hear and if you want to make any dedications. Will play more than the eight if needed.

You can listen via your computer on http://www.theradioalternative.com or follow the link HERE. Also, you can listen via your mobile/tablet/iPad through the Tune In Radio app. You can download either for ANDROID or APPLE and listen by searching for “The Radio Alternative” once on the app.

You can contact by either putting your message on the facebook link for The Radio Alternative here: The Radio Alternative Facebook Page

If on Twitter, you can send your message either to @RadioJonjo or @TheRadioAlt

Finally, you can email it to jonjo@theradioalternative.com

Let me know what Foo Fighters track you want to hear, and why. Also all other requests are welcome

It may be a sad day today for rock fans, but I will do my best to lessen the pain until the Foo’s return to the UK

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Cobain: Montage Of Heck. “Everybody Wants To Be Hip, Nobody Wants To Be Accepted”

Many may already know the story of Kurt Donald Cobain and know a lot about him. But, Brett Morgen has gone above and beyond to deliver the most intimate experience with the musician who died in 1994. With Courtney Love suggesting the idea in 2007, Brett then spent years creating the vision of a troubled and misunderstood individual who is still seen as a vital part to the music we hear today. We get a great combination of new interviews, old video clips, unseen artwork and notes plus some beautiful animations of Kurt in his younger days from interview tapes. Kurt spent his whole life making art, and we get to see that art from his years as an infant to before he met his untimely end.

The film features interviews with many people from Kurt’s life. These interviews include his sister Kim, his Dad Don Cobain, his mum Wendy O’Conner, Courtney Love and his long-time friend Krist Novoselic. Hearing these people talk about Kurt, giving their frank and honest feelings is very enlightening. We learn a lot more about the musician during his life in the areas that may not be as well documented. Whether it’s from the fact that he smoked marijuana with a group of kids he hated, making his own music mix called ‘Montage Of Heck’ (where the name for the film comes from) and what happened throughout his final years of life including when he took 67 rohypnol’s. It is a brutally honest and frighteningly shocking look at the Nirvana frontman. We get to see videos of him in his home while under the influence of heroin and the effect it had on him.

Many highlights are shown. We get to see the rise of Nirvana, the birth of the NEVERMIND album and also his most precious creation; his daughter Frances Bean Cobain. We also get to hear demos of his songs, rare recordings and more personal audio clips which may not have ever had been heard previously. Though we also see the many struggles these highlights came with. We also begin to feel this pain that Kurt had for many years, a pain in his stomach that he used to numb down with heroin. We see what would become the MTV Unplugged performance and feel the tension to make this show become something historical, and that all important Reading Festival performance in 1992 which cemented Nirvana as a huge band and not wanting to go quietly. We are behind that camera watching Kurt Cobain as he has his life unfolded to us in 132 minutes of gripping film. The home video footage from his parents when he was a kid to when Kurt and Courtney filmed their lives is insightful and personal. They were tortured souls, Kurt did all he could to try and forget the pain.

The film will shock you, it may at times upset you and on the odd occasion you may laugh. The blend of Nirvana music is beautifully layered with performances from demos, studio tracks and covered by other acts. You can see the love that Kurt had, even if he couldn’t love himself. We learn for the first time that Kurt was not a god, a demon or anything other worldly. He was a man, the man who he had to be. He suffered from depression, he loved his family and wanted to make people happy. We may hear a lot about Kurt Cobain through his former band mates Dave Grohl and Krist, his widow Courtney and many others, but nothing prepares you to hear the words from his own mouth. This film will stick with you long after you see that screen say “One month after returning from Rome, Kurt Cobain took his own life. He was 27 years old”.

Final Rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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