In occasions like these, you do certainly be taught to stay once more.
That was the resounding and rejuvenating spirit of the stay music expertise coming rocking again to life with the Foo Fighters at Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening. Yes, on Father’s Day night, the grandaddy of all arenas held its first live performance since COVID shut the occasion down in March 2020.
And after the Sunday-chill sounds of The Commodores’ “Easy” set the temper for them to take the stage, the hard-rocking Foo Fighters didn’t waste any time launching into what might be their best-known tune, “Times Like These,” which might sometimes have been saved for the tip of the show. When the track was over, Foo frontman Dave Grohl raised his proper arm triumphantly as a load roar let loose throughout the Garden.
At that second, no phrases have been wanted from Grohl — or anybody else. It was all about that roar, a communal launch that concertgoers had been ready 15 lengthy months to have collectively once more.
With Grohl seemingly not desirous to waste a minute speaking when he and his band might at lengthy final be taking part in to a stay viewers, the Foo Fighters stored on swinging, going straight from “Times Like These” into “The Pretender.”
Then lastly a revved-up Grohl mentioned, “We’ve been waiting for this! We’ve been waiting for the rock and roll . . . Do you want rock and roll?” After asking the latter question thrice, the collective “yes” solely received larger and greater — in simply one of many occasions that the Foos and their delirious followers threatened to tear the roof off of the Garden.
The final time MSG received rocked by any act was when the Brothers — together with some longtime Allman Brothers Band members — celebrated the music of ABB on March 10, 2020.
And at the same time as this was a banging jolt of normalcy, this was nonetheless a really totally different world from the final time concertgoers fist-pumped and sang alongside to each track — generally annoyingly — within the stands. This time, you needed to show proof of vaccination — a requirement that drew anti-vax protesters exterior of MSG — and there have been some who have been nonetheless masked up inside even after that.
But the viewers and the employees largely went with out masks. Still, there have been hand-sanitizer stations throughout, which have little doubt been in place since the Knicks and Rangers began taking part in to crowds once more in February.
And there have been absolutely these (yours actually included) who had some nervousness about shouting in maskless strangers’ faces over the music.
Even earlier than the Foos took the stage, followers have been already standing. “I’m excited. I just bought my ticket today. It’s gonna be awesome,” mentioned Justin Stags, 18, of West Milford, NJ, who was rocking a navy-blue Nirvana “Nevermind” shirt in homage to Grohl’s former band. “Somebody stepped on my shoes in the hallway, and they were apologizing. And I was like, ‘No, please step on my shoes! I haven’t been this close to people in so long.’ ”
As if the evening weren’t already emotional sufficient with the return of live shows at the Garden, the show was devoted to the Foos’ longtime stage supervisor, Andy Pollard, who died abruptly on Friday. Pollard even received some love on the MSG Jumbotron on Seventh Avenue.
But at the tip of the day, nothing might steal the enjoyment of the return of stay music to the Garden. Pat B., an usher at MSG who didn’t need to give her final title, summed it up greatest: “Rock and roll is back.”