Recorded at Hyde Park in London, June 17th 2006, this 76 minute performance sees the Foo Fighters rock through some of their most popular material in front of a massive crowd, quoted in ... See full summary »
Everywhere But Home felt a little like a spur of the moment thing. A little bit "hey, let's get some cameras in for this next gig and we'll make a DVD out of it". But to the Foo Fighters credit, virtually every show they do is worthy of a DVD release, the boys really know how to put on a show time and time again.
It's a great set, performed on the back of their 'One By One' tour, the album they made specifically for what would get them and their audience off during a live show, and also includes some of the hit songs from the three earlier albums... So it's a nice mix for old and new fans alike. Brilliant choice of songs for the encore I might add.
Dave is typically charismatic and funny (including a great dedication for a fans birthday), Chris and Nate get their own little showcases on particular songs and of course Taylor Hawkins is smokin' as usual (you'd have to be as the drummer in Dave Grohl's band wouldn't you?) but the feature was missing the little jams and covers that the band usually do at their concerts in between songs, would have been nice to see some of that stuff on there.
The DVD also includes some smaller sets from other concerts and a smooth acoustic Washington gig. But by far the most impressive easter egg; and my personal favourite part of the DVD, is a concert from Dublin recorded in 2003. The Dublin gig boasts a version of 'All My Life' where Dave does not cut the words short to save his breath (sounding very close to the original album recording, which is rare for live versions of this song) as well as a live rendition of Aurora; and as any seasoned Foo Fighetrs fan would know that Aurora live is a very rare treat indeed. Along with a large amount of other easter eggs for the inquisitive (Dave drumming for the support act in their garage among others) so it's a great all round package, with much fun to be had by Foo Fighters fans.
The basic problem I have is that this Toronto gig is by no means their greatest performance. I would have preferred to see a DVD release of the Foo Fighters pay per view gig that they did in 2000 at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, now that was a show (an awesome opening interview, Dave and Taylor drum duel on Breakout and another on Stacked Actors with Earl Hudson, great showcase of Chris on slide guitar to name a few treats). It seems that the build up and planning for a big show that they know is being recorded does them the world of good. So we can only hope for something else like this from the Foo Fighters in the future... And that is quite likely to happen considering how they seem to be getting tighter and tighter as time goes on.
8/10 (as a Foo Fighters fan).
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