Foo Fighters rock for Blackberry in L.A

Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:45am EDT
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By Mitchell Peters

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - The Foo Fighters brought their arena rock show to a much smaller stage Wednesday at the 1,400-capacity Avalon in Los Angeles, during a private concert with Queens Of The Stone Age to help promote a new Blackberry.

Despite the corporate promotional element behind the show, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl assured the crowd that the band was there to rock. "Ladies and gentlemen, don't be fooled," he shouted," we're having a rock concert."

With sets from both acts limited to about one hour, Queens of the Stone Age tore through such songs as "Millionaire," "Mexicola," "Little Sister," "A Song for the Deaf" and "Sick, Sick, Sick," among others. It seemed like a sure bet, but Grohl, who in the past has filled in as drummer for the group, didn't join the group onstage during its set.

The Foos' 12-song set included "All My Life," "Learn To Fly," "Stacked Actors," "My Hero," Everlong" and "The Pretender."

The group is about to begin a lengthy hiatus in the wake of a busy 2008, which found it touring the world in support of last year's "Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace." On November 18, RCA will release the Foo DVD "Live At Wembley Stadium," chronicling June 6-7 shows at the London venue.

Blackberry allowed about 800 contest winners into the show, which marked the launch of its first touch-screen phone, the Storm. The event was first announced as a "secret show," where fans were prompted to text in a code for access.


<p>Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs at the taping of the third annual VH1 Rock Honors: The Who concert in Los Angeles July 12, 2008. The concert airs on VH1 on July 17. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>