Foo Fighters (Photo by Danny Clinch)
Hot on the heels of “No Son of Mine,” Foo Fighters unleash another dose of Medicine at Midnight in the form of “Waiting on a War.” In stark contrast to the bludgeoning “final f*ck you to 2020” (UPROXX) of its predecessor, “Waiting on a War” is a sprawling melodic opus that gradually builds to a patented FF rave-up.
If “Waiting on a War” seems to have an especially emotional heft to its lyrics, well, that’s because it does. Today is Foo frontman Dave Grohl’s birthday!
Dave Grohl and Seth Hurwitz tour the construction site for The Anthem in DC. (Photo courtesy IMP)
The Foo Fighters will headline opening night at The Anthem, the upcoming sister concert venue to 9:30 Club, announced IMP, the independent promotions company that owns both, on Monday.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 16, at 10am ET for the show on Thursday, Oct. 12 via Ticketfly.com. Tickets also are available at the box offices of 9:30 Club, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and Lincoln Theatre during normal business hours.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at Lincoln Theatre on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band was in town for National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opening festivities. Following their Friday show at the National Mall, the audiences at Lincoln Theatre were treated to a second helping of New Orleans jazz.
As a special guest later in the show, none other than Dave Grohl walked onto the stage to play a second set of drums. When the encores were done, the music never ended: part of the band including Mr Grohl walked out of the theatre in a New Orleans style parade. The performance continued across U Street toward the Black Cat, followed by the enthusiastic crowds.
Tower Records on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles circa 1980 (Photo courtesy “All Things Must Pass”)
Editor’s Note: “All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records” documents the history of the iconic music retail company, once based in Sacramento, Calif. It’s playing locally at Landmark E Street Cinema. Our own Neal Keller, DJ, sound engineer, and man o’ music, worked at the DC location of Tower Records (formerly at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC) from 1985-1994. Here, he shares some memories in response to seeing the documentary.
DC employees of Tower Records (including Neal, left), photographed for US News and World Report sometime in the late ’80s, as they hold up their favorite records of the week. Neal’s record is Richard Kirk’s “Black Jesus Voice.”
Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl
Hundreds of thousands of people came out to the National Mall on Veteran’s Day to experience The Concert for Valor.
From my vantage point (next to the Hirshhorn Museum), far fewer people than expected braved the perfect weather to witness some of the biggest artists and celebrities honor our veterans.
My guess is the pre-concert buzz of hordes of 800,000 to a million concert goers crashing the Mall scared off most people. The reality was…still a lot of people, but the whole affair turned out orderly, civilized and the city of DC proved to be well prepared. My favorite feature was the ‘family reunification’ station.
The Concert kicked off with Jennifer Hudson singing the National Anthem. Underwhelming start, but a number of performances stand out.
(Photo courtesy of Matthew Hurst)
To honor our veterans this coming Tuesday (11/11/14), HBO, Starbucks and Chase have teamed together to present a free concert on the National Mall.
The lineup of The Concert for Valor looks impressive. The Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Carrie Underwood, Metallica, just to name a few.
There will also be appearances by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and more.
Admission if FREE and it starts at 7pm. The Mall will no doubt be packed and crazy. You might want to get there early. Plan ahead.
Hopefully DC has learned a thing or two about organizing big events on The Mall, especially after 2010’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear brought in far more people than expected.
The Concert for Valor
The National Mall
Tuesday, Nov. 11
Starts @7pm; The Mall opens to all @10am