The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series has taken my mind on a stroll down memory lane. I find myself reminiscing about a visit to Chicago last August. To be more specific, when Foo Fighters played to a sold out Wrigley Field.
It was a long ten month wait for this much anticipated concert. The show sold out in a matter of minutes. I was thrilled to have been lucky enough to obtain tickets even though they were nosebleeds.
Having watched the entire Sonic Highways series, I understood the importance that Chicago played in shaping Dave Grohl’s musical future. As he sat on his infamous throne, with a broken leg, trying to absorb the magnitude of the moment; he couldn’t help but be overcome with emotion. Forever grateful to his loyal fans, his congregation, he graciously thanked those in attendance. Although Dave tried to maintain his composure, he was overtaken by the enormity of that emotional moment. He openly wiped away a few tears and tried to keep his voice from cracking. He claimed this to be the best fucking night of his life and I believe everyone could relate. A true self made American “Something from Nothing”.
This was a special celebratory evening for additional reasons. It was Dave’s mother Virginia and cousin Tracy’s birthday. The same cousin that took him to a punk rock show at the Cubby Bear as a young teen. The pivitol night that transformed him into a aspiring musician. The entire stadium serenaded Happy Birthday as the ladies blew out their birthday candles on stage; Dave’s face was beaming with pure love for his cherished family members. It was truly a beautiful, unduplicateable moment.
This was a incredibly special evening for many reasons and I will always cherish that night. It was truly an emotional experience. Not to mention a badass concert. Everybody loves Dave Grohl and maybe just a little more on that particular night. I believe a bit of Foo Fighter greatness was left behind that evening at Wrigley Field hence the Cubs finally winning a World Series. Thanks for breaking the curse, it was long overdue. Congratulations on your World Series win Chicago Cubs and Happy Birthday Sonic Highways!
Patiently waiting for the band to hit the stage, the unexpected booming sound of canons firing white streams of smoke into the air, was a pretty decent indicator that a kick ass rock show was officially underway! Talk about making a statement, it was full throttle from that point forward. The thunderous opener of “Breath” seriously took my breath away. The vocal ranges were dynamic and the band performed like a well-oiled machine. The audience was seriously amped as they played hit after hit and mixed in a few cover songs. Most notably, Nirvana’s, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Ben claimed Nirvana to be the most influential band of his time; his inspiration.
Grateful for the massive amount of fans in attendance, Ben spoke of the band’s humble beginnings when they barely had an audience. It was nearly 15 years ago that Breaking Ben first performed in St. Louis; after viewing a line of people that seemed to stretch for what seemed to be an eternity, he questioned whether or not the band was at the correct venue. He claims that night will be forever etched into his memory. A cherished moment when you realize your long, faithful journey is in the process of transforming into something that you’ve only dreamt of. I’m proud that Ben will forever have such fond memories of my hometown St. Louis.
In honor of the recent violence against police officers, Ben was wearing a blue ribbon as a symbol of remembrance. A maniacal performance of “I Will Not Bow” was dedicated to all that serve and protect our country. The lyrics are powerful and assertive and it was an excellent song choice for the dedication. I truly believe lyrical artists have a genuine gift to bring our world together, if only the masses would open their eyes and pay attention to the message. The ability to write a song that has the power to touch people’s lives is truly a God given talent. An art of self-expression gifted to society that allows us to grow together and has the ability to unite us as a human race. To make this world more loving and accepting instead of a divided society full of hatred for one another based on irrelevant factors.
“The Diary of Jane” shut this high energy show down with a vengeance. This was a killer, hard rocking show with excellent stage visuals. Thank you Breaking Benjamin for giving it all you had and using your voices to unite rather than divide.