Engaging tempo changes and quirks within the songs separate the Foo Fighters from the post-alternative pack; their keen sense of structure and varied pace showed up in the lounge-like “For All the Cows,” the Bic-lighter rock of “See You” and the hand-clap building of “New Way Home.”
Only slow points in the set came when Grohl had some technical problems and took the opportunity to tell a long-winded story of a car accident from his teenage years.
Recently added guitarist Franz Stahl, Grohl’s bandmate in the mid-’80s hard-core unit Scream, has slid adeptly into the key string role with nary a burp, justly complementing Grohl’s guitar work. Most unexpected was the ease and charisma of the once-awkward Grohl as a front man: He was both captivating and carefree as he blew bubbles with his gum and waved to the audience between screaming and singing.
Sadly, much of opening act Talk Show’s near-45-minute set came across as a loud Beatlesesque wall of sound with little distinction between songs, largely because of the Palladium’s horrid acoustics. Act is three-quarters of Stone Temple Pilots (sans singer Scott Weiland).
They supposedly try to distance themselves from the platinum act, yet they oddly chose to tag on a portion of the STP hit “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” to their final song, “John.” The adept musicianship of the foursome wasn’t enough to pull the tunes out of the sound problems, and the lack of an interesting focal point onstage didn’t help matters.