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Foo Fighters rock it out at Riot Fest

Siomara Valdez
Foo Fighters opens the show with their song “All My Life.”

Fans wait in front of the main stage at Douglass Park a full hour before the band Foo Fighters is set to play.  Another concert goes on next to the main stage as the band Turnstile hypes up the crowd. Soon the clock strikes 8PM sharp and without warning, Foo Fighters open the show with energy and perform the song, “All My Life.”

Riot Fest is a punk-rock music festival that happens for 3 days in Chicago, Illinois at Douglass Park from 10am to 10pm. It is a large festival that brings together many artists and concert-goers. The 2023 lineup featured Foo Fighters, Turnstile, The Cure, AFI, and many other artists all performing between Sept 15 to 16. The festival features not only the many bands performances, but a wide variety of food, merchandise, and small carnival rides.

The background visuals and lights illuminates the stage and the band. (Siomara Valdez)

Foo Fighters was the final band to perform on the first day of Riot Fest.

“Will you sing this song with me?” Dave Grohl, the lead singer of Foo Fighters, often asked the crowd before starting each song. 

Foo Fighters performed a variety of their songs including, “The Pretender”, “No Son of Mine”, “Walk”, “Breakout”, “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”, and many more. All these songs brought so much liveliness into the crowd as they jumped up or sang along with Dave Grohl. The visuals on the big screens and the stage made the experience of each song feel unreal. 

By a fan request, Foo Fighters also performed the song, “White Limo.” An upbeat song on their seventh album, Wasting Light, has strong and rejuvenating vocals. Despite the song being a fan request and initially not being on the track list, Foo Fighters presented the song with so much energy. They did not disappoint, and once the song was over, Dave Grohl chuckled and asked the audience, “any more interesting requests?” 

Dave Grohl introduced another song that was dedicated to Foo Fighters former drummer, Taylor Hawkins. “Aurora” was Hawkin’s favorite song, and as tribute, Grohl sang it. A beautiful tune, it was soothing and calming compared to the other songs performed that night. It was the 15th song out of 19 songs on the track list.

At the end of the concert, the band comes together and says their thanks to the audience for being there. (Siomara Valdez)

Lastly, the final song was “Everlong.” Foo Fighters traditionally closes every concert with that tune. The song is their most frequently played, another calming and rather peaceful melody. It was their way of saying thank you and goodbye at Riot Fest. As well as saying goodbye to Chicago. The crowd sang alongside Dave Grohl this one final time, and they’ll hope to sing it once again in the future.

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Siomara Valdez
Siomara Valdez, Sports & Photography Editor

Siomara “Alfred” Valdez is a senior at Palatine High School. Valdez is very passionate about photography as it is a hobby of theirs. Valdez went out of their comfort zone to take on new opportunities in photography becoming the color guard photographer for the season. Valdez is a big fan of the band Foo Fighters and wants to one day photograph at one of their concerts. They got recruited into Cutlass at Chipotle and went to the meetings in hopes to improve their photography. After high school, Valdez wants to pursue mass communications as their career and continue photojournalism at Winona State University.

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