A Magical Night with the Foo Fighters and Friends

Photo Credit: Paul A. Hebert

Photo Credit: Paul A. Hebert

When the Foo Fighters took the stage just after 8:30 on Saturday night, no one knew they were about to witness one of the greatest all-star performances ever. Earlier in the week, the Foo Fighters sent out a couple of teaser posts on social media about something going on for Saturday night, and even posted videos from bands like Kiss and Van Halen. When tickets went on sale a few days before this epic Saturday night performance, I could tell that those in attendance would be treated to something special and I knew I had to be there. The event, billed as ‘Dave’s Rock N’ Roll Club,’ was a celebration of Dave Grohl’s 46th birthday.

 

The band performed in the round with a long catwalk leading to one end of the arena. The stage rotated throughout the performances so that everyone got a chance to see the band play in front of them. When the Foos took the stage, Dave Grohl let the audience know that this wouldn’t be a normal Foo Fighters show because he had invited a number of friends to join him throughout the evening. He then called for Paul Stanley Continue reading

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Gibson Dave Grohl ES-335

Photo Credit: Gibson.com

Twenty years ago when Dave Grohl went from behind the drum kit in Nirvana to front the Foo Fighters, I never thought that he would end up with his own signature guitar from Gibson. Throughout his time in the Foo Fighters, Dave has played an Ampeg Dan Armstrong, Gibson Firebirds and SGs, but no guitar has been associated with him more than the Gibson Trini Lopez. He first picked up a Trini Lopez in the early 90s and that guitar has become the foundation of his sound and the sound of the band. In 2007, Gibson released the ‘Inspired By’ DG ES-335 in Pelham Blue and Ebony. Both guitars were a limited run and went on to be very popular and highly collectable. I was fortunate enough to have owned an Ebony one, but had to sell it a few months later due to a financial situation. I had no idea that within a few years that guitar would almost triple in value. Not only do I regret selling it, but I also regret the price I sold it for. It was a versatile, well-made guitar that was fun to play, and I missed it.

 

In November 2014, I received an email from Gibson that gave me the chance to correct a mistake I made 7 years earlier. They announced they were bringing back the Dave Grohl ES-335 in Pelham Blue and a new color, Gold Metallic. These guitars, like the modelsbefore, are a limited run – only 200 Pelham Blue guitars were produced and 400 of the Gold Metallic. I opted for the Gold Metallic because of price and the uniqueness of that color. The retail price for the Pelham Blue is $6,999, which is out of my price range, while the Gold Metallic lists for $3,499 and is worth every penny. Continue reading

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