My thoughts on the Foo Fighters helping keep the ‘flame’ of rock alive (Part 1 of 2)
For 22 years, the Foo Fighters, led by frontman and guitarist Dave Grohl, have been consistently releasing albums that are met with critical acclaim and commercial success.
Plus, the Foo Fighters have firmly established themselves as one of the last true rock bands that can sell out arenas from around the world making them certified “Rock Arena Gods.” All of these said impressive accomplishments put the Foo Fighters in an elite club of world renowned rock bands.
If ever there was a “formula” for not only staying relevant but also in thriving in the music industry for years on end… then, I have no doubt that the Foo Fighters have found that much sought after “formula” way back in the mid-90s.
The fact is there are just not lot of bands left today in their caliber. While it has been unfortunate that several of their contemporaries have either called it quits or had to stop altogether because of a band member’s passing, it is still somehow a “comforting thought” for me that the Foo Fighters are still around. Indeed, they are a living link to that era and a stark reminder of what is nostalgically amiss nowadays in mainstream music.
When I think of the Foo Fighters… one thing that enters my mind is the fact that they have risen to a position wherein they are looked upon as one of the last active bands of their breed. Why so?
The Foo Fighters came from a different era when almost all beginning bands at the time got the chance to develop their sound first to find themselves artistically without hurriedly being pushed into the limelight right away just so that the label could earn a quick profit off of them. Neither was there social media then which would spoil or break the news prematurely of a new band forming with such a popular musician like Dave Grohl who had come from the legendary Nirvana who would be at the helm of his own band–this time–called the Foo Fighters.
Too add to this last point… exactly because there was no social media namely Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc… in effect, they did not take away the mystery as also the mystic surrounding a band like the Foo Fighters when they had first arrived on the scene.
There was something exciting to look forward to, or to get surprised by, with the absence of social media at the time. The public would only know about them when the band members and management themselves would make that eventual and conscious decision to reveal any news about their band at their own chosen time through an official press conference, an interview in a music magazine, a report in a news article, or a coverage on them on television.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.