Saturday, August 27, 2011

B.A.D. + General Elektriks + Foo Fighters @ Rock en Seine - St Cloud August 26 2011

B.A.D. (Big Audio Dynamite) + General Elektriks + Foo Fighters @ Rock en Seine
St Cloud August 26 2011

BAD featuring Mick Jones from The Clash

Too bad we've missed most of Big Audio Dymanite's show as we were @ The Kills on the main stage. Big Mistake they were boring.
We don't really know anything about B.A.D. as we're not fan of a mix of Punk-Dance-hip hop, reggae-funk. and ... we've never been fan of The Clash either.
Last time we saw Mick Jones was with Carbon/Silicon @ Trabendo and with Gorillaz for the Canal+'s Musicale in Nov 2010.
It's funny to see haw different is the audience from one stage to another and from one band to another.
The Rock en Seine is a posh rock festival with lots of teenagers most of them sexy girls all wearing Ray Bans and chain smoking as only frenchies can do.
BAD is playing on a smaller stage and it's far from being packed, lots of people in their forties in the audience with many English around me.

From what we saw, only 5 songs , they were great.
Lots of catchy and lively tunes, it feels like being in a football stadium singing along.
We recorded the last song of the set ( sorry no setlist) "Rush", they are much more rock than on cd.
We heard the original version of the song ( this morning) and it really sounds awful but as you can see (and hear) live it's rocking and really good.
Great set
General Elektriks

French Electro-Funk band General Elektrik is playing the second stage, we saw the first 20 min of their set. They're entertaining but the music tends to sound a bit the same so e left to get a good seat for Foo Fighters.
Merchandising & Audience

Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters

Different band, different stage and... different audience, now we have mainly much more male in their late twenties and lots of fat and greasy fuckers pushing like mads.
I guess we prefer to be surrounded by arrogant posh girls than by fat fuckers pogoing even between songs... anyway.

We have a long history with Dave Grohl @ Rockerparis: we saw Dave with Nirvana a long time ago, with Foo Fighters at the beginning of their carreer @ Bataclan and later @ Zénith in 2006, with Them Crooked Vultures @ Rock en Seine in August 2009 (check our review with Pics and videos), @ L'Album de la Semaine for Canal+ in Dec 2009 & @ Zénith in June 2010.

It's a pleasure to have Foo Fighters back specially with Pat Smear.
We haven't heard the new album and we were not fans of the previous one but we were expecting some heavy shit, the kind we don't get very often at Rock en Seine.
Unfortunately after 30 min we started getting really bored maybe was it because we were starting getting tired or I don't know.
Most of the songs sound the same with some heavy screamings by Dave.
Foo Fighters like Nirvana had pop songs played with wild and heavy guitars now there's no subtility in their music and it's boring.
What is for sure is that Dave Grohl is a great showman using every tricks in the book.
Nevertheless great "Young Man Blues"' cover.
1h55 min show, no encore.
A real let down for us but some people thought they were great.

Alison Mosshart was watching from the wings of the stage.

setlist (TBC)
Bridge Burning
The Pretender
My Hero
Learn to Fly
White Limo
Cold Day in the Sun
Long Road to Ruin
Stacked Actors
Monkey Wrench
Let It Die
These Days
Best of You
Times Like These
Young Man Blues
(Mose Allison cover)
All My Life