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Foo Fighters Live in Bangkok

2017 September 13
by Eric Ng

20 years ago, life was very different. I just came out of army. Without a clue what to do. I loved music, did a few gigs and wrote a few songs here and there but I didn’t know if I could make it as a career or not. 20 years ago, Foo fighters had a concert in Singapore. They opened for Sonic Youth at the Harbour Pavillion, a concert venue where I watched acts like Pearl Jam, Mr Big, Suede, Alanis Morrisette which has since long closed down. I watched as Dave Grohl led a band with, raw but with really hooky songs performed their short set before Sonic Youth came on. Even then, with those songs, the Foo Fighters set left more of an impression on me than Sonic Youth.

Fast forward 20 years, Foo Fighters have went on to be one of the biggest bands on the planet. Selling out venues such as the iconic Wembley Stadium and more. In 2007, I even had a chance to meet him in person for a very brief moment at an album release party in Singapore. He seems like what everyone say he is, a all round general nice guy with a big heart who truly just wanted to rock and roll.

I watched on, with respect as Dave achieved complete freedom to fulfil his artistic pursuits with music documentaries like “Sonic Highways” and “Sound City”. As a musician, I’d say this is where you say “Life is complete”. However he doesn’t seem like he is about to retire anytime, and the first few singles from the upcoming “Concrete and Gold” is solid proof.

And so with that, we flew to BKK to catch their concert as I had a gig just across the road in Singapore on the same day.

With the first scream from Dave’s lungs, the concert became all I expected what 20 years of experience can bring to a great artist and more. For 2 and a half hours, hit after hit, delivered with full power washed over the audience. This is my third time watching a concert in BKK and I’d say every experience has been great as the audience is super responsive, loud and went all out to have a great time.

Great music can really change your life. Thank you Foo Fighters. What a great way to end our BKK getaway!

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