While two piece bands used to be a phenomenon, now the likes of The White Stripes and Death From Above 1979 have made it a “thing” and I gotta tell you…I dig it. Royal Blood is no exception. On night one of the Broken Leg Tour stop in Toronto, Royal Blood acted as the perfect opening act for the Foo Fighters. This band, consisting of a bass player and drummer, makes lots of noise and some really rad music. With only a single album under their belt (the band skyrocketed to fame when Alex of Arctic Monkeys wore a homemade Royal Blood t-shirt), they have created some really solid sound. The set list pretty well played through their entire album, the best song being Ten Tonne Skeleton. If you’re looking for new music, I highly recommend them.
For those of you who don’t know (and have been living under a rock…haha just kidding), Dave Grohl recently fell off the stage in Sweden and broke his leg. This left the threat of cancelled tour dates wide open and scared fans who had braved the cold Toronto air at the beat the bots contest. Thankfully, Dave Grohl is a total bad ass. He decided to play on despite his leg being in a boot. Still, what would this do to the show?
The curtains drop. Dave is lit up on a giant Foo Fighters throne with guitar necks and lights all over it. Pretty damn epic. From this moment on, having a broken leg does not stop the Foo Fighters from putting on one of the best concerts I’ve seen in a LONG time. Opening with Everlong into Monkey Wrench, the energy was high the entire night till’ the curtains closed after curfew with Best of You.
The set, which was almost three hours and did not include an encore (“We don’t waste your time pretending we’re not going to come back” says Grohl…this is a paraphrase) pressed into the back catalogue with songs like Aurora, the new album and everything in between. Basically, it’s the set list that any major Foo fan would hope for. The band even covered songs that had influenced them (and this actually ended up being one of my favourite parts of the show) including Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie), Stay with Me (Rod Stewart), Tom Sawyer (Rush) and Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young). It was awesome.
The other cool thing about this concert was the storytelling. Let’s be honest, no other artist can get away with as much talking as Dave. Grohl took the audience through the story of how he broke his leg, his morphine high to the creation of the throne while having us all buckling over in laughter then launched into another hard rock song. The story had photos on the big screen to go along with it which made it all the more hilarious.
Of course, the Foo Fighters isn’t just Dave. Chris, Pat, Nate, Taylor and Rami all kicked ass. Taylor really impressed me with his singing. We all knew he could sing but he took it to another level on this tour. Chris shredded on the guitar with his humble demeanor (seriously, this guy deserves more credit). Pat, as always, was hilarious. When introduced by Grohl, each of the band members played a solo. Pat switched between chugging champagne and smoking his cigarette instead. Nate was given credit for starting the Foo Fighters (big thank you) and Rami dazzled us with his part in the Stay with Me cover.
Overall, it was an epic set, awesome show and kick ass time.