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Foo Fighters rock solid at TD Garden

Posted by Michael Brodeur  November 17, 2011 11:30 AM

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Dave Grohl, foreground, and the Foo Fighters perform at the IZOD center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Monday night. CREDIT: Karsten Moran for The New York Times

It's hard to think of a band that's been more consistent over the last 15 years than Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters. The group's popularity has never really flagged, and its albums have never really strayed very far from their basic sound, while still avoiding the trap of repetition

That's probably why newer songs like “Bridge Burning” and “Arlandria” didn't disrupt the flow of the nonstop barrage of Foos classics the band delivered last night at TD Garden: They were, in all respects, cut from the same cloth. “Bridge Burning” kicked things off by surging right from the start, while “Arlandria” alternated moments of heavy grace with full-brunt power chording. Next to the floating momentum of “Breakout” and the sledgehammer impact of “The Pretender,” they maintained the band's strengths without a hiccup.

By the end of the night (45 minutes past the Garden's curfew), Grohl was as energetic and buoyant as “Everlong” wound down as he was at the start of the show, so animated throughout that he looked like he might fly apart. At one point, he asked the audience, “Why you gotta make me work so [gosh darn] hard?” As if Grohl looked for a second like any of it was work.

Read Marc Hirsh's full review of the show in Friday's Globe.

Marc Hirsh can be reached at officialmarc@gmail.com.

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