Foo Fighters Rock the Oracle Arena

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Hoards of screaming fans crowd the Oracle Arena united in a common love

Kate Wolffe and Helen Britto, Staff Writers

As the Foo Fighters took center stage on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Oakland Oracle Arena, deafening cheers could be heard everywhere. These hysteric screams were quite a contrast to the more subdued ones heard during their opening bands Cage the Elephant and Mariachi El Bronx. While Cage the Elephant put on an exceptional show, it was obvious from the beginning that fans were there for one thing and one thing only, to see David Grohl and his band, the Foo Fighters.
Something was clear from the very beginning of the show: the Foo Fighters have racked up an incredibly diverse fan base. Though there were few hysterical pre-teen girls, many fans brought along their children to enjoy the show as well.
After the first song, attendants were bouncing fervently with excitement. Grohl’s announcement that they were there to rock “all night long” caused an uproar of cheers throughout the stadium. And rock all night they did. The Foo Fighters played a 23-set show consisting of recent songs, as well as those from their earlier days.
The songs that evoked an even more intense response from the audience were the high energy rock hits: “The Pretender,” “Learn To Fly,” “Times Like These,” and “All My Life.” The band also surprised concert-goers when they played two covers, Pink Floyd’s In the Flesh and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ popular song Breakdown, both of which sent spectators into a frenzy.
Each song sparked a new wave of excitement among the crowd, but no song got the crowd as excited as when the Foo Fighters played “Dear Rosemary,” inviting Bob Mould, a popular punk rock singer and former member of bands Husker Du and Sugar, up onstage. Together Mould and the Foo Fighters brought the house down. After a long two and half hours fans left the stadium feeling incredibly satisfied. “I’ve always loved the Foo Fighters,” said Oakland resident and longtime fan Jerry Xu. “ I didn’t think they could get any better; but tonight they blew my mind.”