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Report: Foo Fighters @ Amphitheater, Pula, 18.-19.2019

by Mislav Mihaljević
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When the news of Foo Fighters visiting Croatia reached the headlines for the first time, more than half the Croat population were out of their minds. In the middle of a heartbeat, the tickets sold out in mere two minutes. Due to immense interest, Foo Fighters announced another show in Croatia the day after, the second one being sold out in a few hours. People who were lucky to earn their spot among the 14,000 chosen, during either of the two show nights, have witnessed, without exaggeration, the best rock concert since Pula Colosseum was built. All said and done, we were there the evening before the marked tour dates.

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Foo Fighters © Samir Cerić Kovačević

On June 18th, or the first show night, the temperature was rather hot and Pula bid a warm welcome to all the Foo Fighters’ fans that were exploring the city. It is always great to see minds that think alike gathered at the same place in harmony. As we were exploring the city, we bumped into a soundcheck in the Arena Stadium. People already gathered and were taking pictures, but the band was nowhere in sight. The show’s schedule was as following: at 20:00 Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, at 21:15 the Foo Fighters. We were already admitted into the Colloseum around 18:30 to catch the best seats possible, which was not a small feat considering the show was sold out. However, with a little luck we found a spot across the stage next to the sound check guys in the tribune section od the Stadium. The show was about to begin.

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters © Samir Cerić Kovačević

First band was a modern punk-rock/alternative rock four piece from London. These guys sounded on the lines of Imagine Dragons but much, much better. Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes sang about love, hate and sex while their music bounced around the Colosseum. Highlights of the show was a girl-only moshpit and the fact that there wasn’t a single guitar solo in the set. Their ecstatic singer has a very unique voice and personality. Apart from thanking the crowd for showing up, the road crew for all of their amazing work, and the Foo Fighters for asking them to come and play, he also jumped into the crowd a couple of times and had really warmed up the atmosphere all together. He asked the crowd to jump, crouch, wave and show them their love. The crowd was happy to oblige.

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters © Samir Cerić Kovačević

The Foo Fighters themselves emerged at 21:15 sharp. They opened the show with “All my life” performed infront of the completely packed Stadium, continued by “Learn to Fly”, and ‘The Pretender’ which form the Holy Trinity of their toughest sounding hits. Dave Grohl referred to the audience either as “ladies and gentlemen” or as “you motherfuckers” announcing their plans to play for three whole hours, which they did indeed. After a thrilling intro, they continued with well-known classics such as “My Hero”, “Sky is a Neighbourhood”, “These days”, and “Rope”. Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and Chris Shiflett dominated the two huge video walls, while Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, and Rami Jaffee all received individual shout-outs towards the middle of the show. They each tried to musically impress “The Lady in the Front Row” – a woman who Dave spotted and thought to be dismissive towards the show. Chris played two guitar solos, Nate played “Another One Bites the Dust” with Taylor singing, Pat played “Blitzkrieg Bop”, Rami performed a keyboard solo and then Dave and Taylor switched roles.

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters © Samir Cerić Kovačević

Dave began by saying that Taylor was the best drummer (and the best kisser) in the world asking him to show off his swimming shorts. Taylor then said that he was in fact the second best drummer and ceded his drums to Dave, after which they performed Queen’s hit “Under Pressure”. Dave also repeatedly expressed his sentiments towards the beautiful venue( Pula Colloseum), and the crowd saying that although they never played in Croatia before, “he felt as this wasn’t their first time here in Pula”. He also mentioned that his friend Chris Novoselić commented that Croatia is beautiful. They continued performing a combination of ‘old school’ and ‘new school’ songs including “Dirty Water”, where Dave introduced us to his punk-rock daughter Violet Grohl, who sang back-up vocals for the song. Since this was the first time Foo Fighters performed in Croatia, but also the first perfomance of the tour, the energy of both the band and the audience was palpable. They won many hearts by playing a cover of AC/DC’s “Let there be rock”. And finally, after three long hours the Foo Fighters delivered on their promise and ended the show after midnight. Dave explained that they do not do anchors “because fuck that shit” and their last performing piece was “Everlong” . We will surely remember this concert for a long time.

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters © Samir Cerić Kovačević

Setlist
1. All My Life
2. Learn To Fly
3. The Pretender
4. The Sky Is A Neighbourhood
5. Rope
6. Sunday Rain
7. My Hero
8. These Days
9. La Dee Da
10. Walk
11. Another One Bites the Dust/Blitzkrieg Bop/Day-Oh (Medley)
12. Under Pressure
13. Monkey Wrench
14. Run
15. Make It Right
16. Something From Nothing
17. Times Like These
18. Breakout
19. Dirty Water
20. Best Of You
21. Big Me
22. Stacked Actors
23. Wheels
24. This Is A Call
25. Let There Be Rock
26. Everlong

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