CLEVELAND — Before they take the stage at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse this weekend to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Foo Fighters will perform at a special concert on Thursday evening at the House of Blues Cleveland.
Tickets went on sale at noon on Tuesday and sold out in approximately two hours.
Foo Fighters, featuring Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear, will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Paul McCartney on Saturday night. The band is part of a stellar class of 2021 Rock Hall inductees.
Here is the 2021 list broken down by induction category:
- Foo Fighters
- The Go-Go’s
- Carole King
- Todd Rundgren
- Tina Turner
AHMET ERTEGUN AWARD
- Clarence Avant
MUSICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
- LL Cool J
- Billy Preston
- Randy Rhoads
EARLY INFLUENCE AWARD
- Gil Scott-Heron
- Charley Patton
As 3News' Ryan Haidet put it, Foo Fighters carry the torch of rock authenticity with infectious hooks, in-your-face guitar riffs, monster drums, and boundless energy. When Nirvana disbanded in 1994, Dave Grohl had years of original songs ready to go and recorded the self-titled Foo Fighters debut album in one week. Few artists in rock history have recorded every track on an album, from drums all the way up to vocals (save for one guitar track), and few drummers have stepped down from the throne into the role of singer-songwriter-bandleader.
Foo Fighters churn pop, prog, metal, punk, and hard rock into a polished – but still raw – version of modern rock. Some consider Foo Fighters a “guitar” band, because over time, they have expanded into a thick wall of guitar sounds, with Grohl playing straightforward chords, Pat Smear adding large atmospheric sounds, and Chris Shiflett crafting melodies that complement the vocals. Others consider them a “drums” band – after all, they do have Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, two hard-hitting monster drummers with a keen sense of musicality and ability to construct the perfect drumbeat for each song’s needs.
See below for COVID-19 protocols for guests at House of Blues.
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