Next in line of my reviews from Record Store Excursion 2012! Check out the video below if you missed it. This one bought at Sonic Boom Music at Bloor and Bathurst.
MIKE AND AARON GO TO TORONTO
FOO FIGHTERS – Live In Rio 2001 (2012 IMC Music Ltd.)
This is sort of an oddball release, fully 11 years after the concert itself, on some weird label called Immortal. This is probably taken from the Rock In Rio 2001 broadcast. Bootlegs from that show are pretty common. I have a Guns N’ Roses bootleg from the same concerts. I believe they were on pay-per-view.
I’ve heard some people complain that Dave Grohl screams too much live, and he certainly does scream a lot in this show. If you’re not into it, I get it. It doesn’t bother me personally. His vocals are a bit shaky, as it sounds like he’s doing a lot of jumping around.
Sound quality is decent. I look at these as really well made bootlegs. Don’t expect anything that sounds like a flawless modern live album. It’s perfectly listenable though. You can hear all the instruments clearly enough (although bass is a bit muddy) and Dave’s vocal/screaming is up front and loud.
The setlist is jam packed full of early Foo classics. 13 songs, plus a little bit of “Happy Birthday” as the following day (Jan 14th 2001) was Dave’s birthday!
Amusingly, Dave dedicates “Monkey Wrench” to Guns N’ Roses who were playing the following day. Dave says he’s never really seen Guns N’ Roses before. Well, isn’t that Kurt’s fault, Dave? You could have opened for them on the 1992 tour with Metallica!
There’s one weird flaw with the CD. At the beginning at track 14, “Everlong” (not even listed on the CD), the wrong song begins. Instead, it’s “Stacked Actors” which is also track 6. This goes on for over two minutes, and finally it fades into a truncated “Everlong”. I have no explanation.