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Watch a slideshow of pictures from the concert. All photos by Marcella D. Volpintesta.

Live Review: Foo Fighters played KeyArena with Supergrass and Minus the

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Last Night: Foo Fighters at KeyArena

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Watch a slideshow of pictures from the concert. All photos by Marcella D. Volpintesta.

Live Review: Foo Fighters played KeyArena with Supergrass and Minus the Bear on Wednesay, July 9.

I did not have a ticket to see Foo Fighters Wednesday night.

I did, however, meet up with a friend whose wife's brother's friend works on the tour, gave us passes, and opened up the back door for us. (Got that?)

Not quite as glamorous as I expected. I only saw one Corona box (It couldn't have been for the band, which drank Coors Light).

Ah, yes, the band. Or should I say, Dave Grohl and his band of merry men (and one woman on violin/cello) who knew -- more than anyone else in the kinda full room -- who the crowd came to see. The onetime Seattleite didn't disappoint, telling stories of his local days (spray-painting Tower Records), waxing nostalgic on the Olympia's nightlife; he even brought along Pat Smear, the touring guitarist in his pre-Foo outfit, Nirvana.

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This was my first Foo show since their memorable 1999 gig at the same venue. I say memorable because founding bassist Nate Mendel called in sick and was replaced -- at least for a few songs -- by Krist Novoselic, a real member of that pre-Foo project.

Last night's show was huge. Lacking a tad in audience, yes. And an argument could be made that they've jumped the shark, now that they have both a violinist and triangle player in their arena show. BUT .... the show was richly rewarding in that big, sweaty, arena rock sense. Grohl knows exactly how to relate to his audience, almost exclusively male, appreciative of his "suck-a-my-balls" dialogue.

The set list ran from 1995's self-titled debut through last year's Grammy-winning "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace." For a handful of tracks, the entire band relocated to a second stage, which dropped from the ceiling at the opposite end of the floor. The octet ran through an acoustic version of the sing-a-long, "My Hero," and a couple others. Grohl closed out the mini-set with a solo rendition of "Everlong," which culminated with the entire band back on the main stage.

Good times had by all, indeed.

ESPECIALLY those of us who made it in time to catch Supergrass (THE MAN wouldn't allow our talented photographer, Marcella, to take pictures of them!!!)

No one seemed more excited to be at the Key last night as much as the boys from Oxford. They're pimping their sixth LP, last month's Diamond Hoo Ha. Yet, performing tracks like "Mary" and "Caught By the Fuzz," makes them seem more like grown-up junior high kids than veteran pop stars.

I love it.

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