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Music, Fashion, and Foo Fighters (BROKEN LEG TOUR!!!)

Something that sounds off topic for this post but really isn't: I've been going through this closet reorganization process for the past two months.  Perhaps I could have knocked it out over a few days, but I've had a lot going on and then when I have been home I wanted to, you know, sleep and/or be lazy.  There's a few awol soldiers from my closet because this process has put a bunch of items on top of other items etc.  I'm missing a few skater skirts, my Broncos tee shirt, and the band tees of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Andrew WK, ....and the Foo Fighters.  Though I now own more than one Foo Fighter tee, I had this specific and colorful one from their 2011 tour and I had this whole outfit mapped out in my head that I wanted to style and share a bonus concert going story with y'all about the first time I saw the Foo Fighters.  Why, you may ask?  For one it's in large part the reason why I wanted to see the Foo Fighters again.  But's the greatest and craziest concert going story that I have, and it's so good that I'd put money on the bet that it will never be topped.  It's a story worth sharing.  The long and short of it is that the chick who was sitting in front of me the last time I saw the Foo Fighters got mostly naked, amongst other things.  (She was a stranger; not a friend).  It was really distracting (and funny) and when I think of that night I think of that lady who was out of her gourd and not so much Dave Grohl and company.  I wanted to share this story before I posted about this show, but that has proven to not be meant to be.  When I find the shirt I'll still make a post about that experience, because's a story worth sharing.

Regardless, I wanted to see the Foo Fighters again under a more, um, neutral palate, and this was a great show to see because Dave Grohl famously broke his leg earlier this year, so he was in the throne playing guitar and shared tons of anecdotes and slideshows about the experience.  Luckily my good friend Clint is a die hard Foo Fighter's fan, so when tickets went on sale earlier this year for their summer stateside tour he immediately got four tickets.  I was amongst the lucky three he went with, including his lovely wife Carolyn, and our mutual friend Katie.  

But first, the clothes!  Honestly, this was a tough one to dress for, which was par for the course this whole summer.  We were finally in a hot and non-rainy streak, but this was an outdoor show and some clouds were going to be threatening rain (for the first time that week...of course).  I had a different outfit mapped out for this show, but at the last second I wore this amazing Folter 70s style maxi dress with a spooky forest all over the print.  I don't think it has sold well because I have yet to see another vintage-y girl wear it on Instagram and the dress got pretty quickly reduced on Unique Vintage (which is how and where I got it...PS it's still on sale there so click the link if you want it), but now that I own it I can't figure out why nobody else seems to own it!  The material is super silky smooth, the fit is one of the most true to size fits this brand has made, and the intricate details are amazing.  I could live in this dress!  So if you want it, stop hesitating and get it!!
To round off the outfit, knowing it may rain and that some walking was going to be involved, I did my trusty pairing of my brown Jessica Simpson ballet flats and my older Target shoulder bag (seen here and here before, also with other Folter/Retrolicious dresses) with a cardigan in case it got cold (it did).  
Friend photos:
As I mentioned above, this was a pretty special Foo Fighters show.  Earlier in the year he broke his leg in Sweden:
As he retold the story on stage, he mentioned that he liked his job and didn't want to go back to working at Shakey's, so he contrived an idea of performing with a broken leg...a la a throne that he could sit on while on stage.  
"Lazers and shit" is my favorite part.

It was pretty cool to see this in real life and have seen what will probably go down as a legendary tour.  (When we got the tickets he hadn't broken his leg yet, so we had no idea what we were signing up for initially).  About halfway through the show he told the story of how he broke it, amusing anecdotes about some "sweet, sweet Swedish man" holding his leg in place so he could continue the show he broke his foot at, how he concocted the throne, and other fun slides and videos from this whole experience.  Dave Grohl is exactly as charismatic as you'd expect him to be, and given that one of the Foo Fighter's earliest videos are a spoof of the Mentos commercials and that he played a teenage girl fan crushing on himself on an airplane in the video from "Learn to Fly", PLUS he guest hosted Chelsea Lately several times, he's also very funny.  He somewhat embodies what a modern rock star should be to me, especially since he seems so grounded (I'd be fine if society accepted the idea of strung out and arrogant rock stars being so 20th century, because if nothing else it's a bad example and dangerous...but frankly, it's also very played out and kind of the a version of "basic" when you really think about it).  

And as if that weren't enough, he's fucking talented.  I've thought really long and really hard about it, and I'd put him, Beck, and Jack White in the highest echelon of rock based musicians to come out of the past 20 (give or take) years.  All three have the chops and can effortlessly reinvent themselves.  I could go on and on about the other two, but I'll stick with Grohl given this is about his concert: the fact that he went from Nirvana and then formed the Foo Fighters is possibly my favorite music trivia fact.  I'll break down what I mean: Nirvana was one of the most depressing bands of all-time.  I don't mean that other bands haven't had more devastating lyrical content or more depressing chord progressions, but hell, they helped invent and solidify a genre called grunge.  The name "grunge" hardly elicits fluffy feelings, no?  And to boot, Kurt Cobain, the lead of Nirvana, ultimately killed himself during the band's peak.  There's no two ways around how utterly sad that is.  So Dave Grohl, drummer of Nirvana, starts a new band and one of their first songs out of the gates is the happiest go lucky of melodies, and the video is hilarious (and one of my top 3 favorite videos of all-time):

Going from a band that was essentially the sound track to not only teenage angst but the heroin chic phase and then starting a band that embodied some of the mid-nineties flower power revival is utterly impressive.  And, other than Animal from The Muppet Band, how many drummers go on to eclipsing their other members and go onto super fame?  (It doesn't matter that he picked up his guitar for the Foo Fighters; he was way more famous than anyone else in Queens of the Stoneage when he moonlit as their drummer for a while so my argument still stands.  Plus, while Kurt Cobain is remembered fondly and strongly, Dave Grohl has become a living legend for being in both bands.  And yes, I  just remembered Grohl being the knockoff Animal in the Jason Segal Muppet movie, so I think my point totally stands!)  If you ever need to reinvent yourself or change directions in your career, pull a Dave Grohl.  

The funny thing about this whole post is that I actually wouldn't classify the Foo Fighters are one of my favorite bands!  I respect them immensely and definitely listen to them, but given that I gravitate towards more punk/indie/straight up metal sounds I'm not necessarily like a moth to a flame when they release a new album.  Hard rock in of itself doesn't do it for me usually.  But I really like the Foo Fighters and am glad that I got to see them twice one(ish) times.  Their live show is also totally amazing.  I mean, they rock hard and they take no prisoners, which I vaguely remember noticing the last time right about the time the girl in front of me put on a peep show.  Now I can confirm that they really do have amazing energy!  

Overall, this was a great show.  They didn't play any of my favorites, surprisingly, but my reasons for coming paid off.  I finally can say I've seen the Foo Fighters without thinking of the girl who was on a bunch of drugs and took of her pants.  (I laughed like, the whole show).  It was also cool because so many of my favorite bands are not appreciated by my generation, so as much as I don't love big arena shows, it was fun to be on board with a whole stadium full of people who love their older and newer stuff, and were within a 10 year age span of me.  This was one of the first times this has happened to me, at least at a concert of this size.  So, definitely see the Foo Fighters if you get the chance!!  It's a very entertaining show, all around!!

Do you guys prefer big to small shows?  Music from our generation or older stuff?  Thoughts?  Sound off in the comments!

Seeing this concert means that the Foo Fighters have joined the ranks of other national bands I have seen more than once.  The updated list now is:
The Whigs
Reel Big Fish
Sonic Youth
Cold War Kids
Of Monster and Men
Capitol Cities
Foo Fighters

My last summer show will be blogged about next week, which is Hall and Oates!  I have yet to see a show this fall, but as of next week that may be changing.  Stay tuned!  This is the second to last time that there will be a full list of shows that I've seen below this post; after next week there will be a link to a page and maybe a few of the most recent ones!

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  1. ooohhh.. love foo fighters!! :D

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

  2. Amazing Event & you look so happy <3

  3. Looks like such fun! <3


  4. Oh I'd love see them live! I bet they're unreal! Also you look super cute. Loving that dress

    1. If you get the chance, definitely do see them! Thanks!

  5. What a fun concert it must have been Lauren! You look amazing in that maxi dress!

  6. You're really having fun and looking good at it, Lauren-Blair. Love it! :)

  7. Beautiful look

  8. Hi Lauren! Looks like it was super fun. You look gorgeous!

  9. Another amazing post! Really liked reading your thoughts on Dave Grohl and the concert sounds fantastic. I haven't been to a concert in ages, but I like both small and large shows. Now I need a concert to go to! Maybe just listen to the Foo Fighters


    1. Thanks!! I'm glad you enjoyed my thoughts. Haha, let me know if you see a show soon!

  10. I'm not a huge fan of this kind of music but it seems great ;) xx

  11. I loved reading about this concert! The Foo Fighters are definitely a band I would go see and Dave sounds like such a cool guy! I do give him props for being able to transition between both bands seemlessly. Ive always like smaller venues better. It seems more intimate. Every tome I see Shinedown, it's always on a smaller level.

    1. I hope you get to see them! Hooray for loving smaller venues too ;) XO Thanks

  12. Such a cute post! Looks like you had a lot of fun at the concert, and BTW: Loved the dress! So cute!!
    Happy weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  13. You always go to the coolest events!!!
    This concert have to be amazing, I'm so jelous! ^^

  14. I love Foo fighters!!! I'm so jealous but I'm glad you had fun!


  15. Looks like so much fun! That maxi dress is beautiful.

  16. They really are a great band! Glad you had a chance to go see them - and there wasn't such a strange story to go along with it, and nothing but a pleasant experience! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. Haha, the first one was funny so all good...but yes, good to see them without distractions! Thanks!

  17. Your posts are always so awesome.. Seriously. I love that you are just as into music and Dave Growl and I am - he is exactly as you said, "a living legend." Also, how hilarious is the drug story about the crazy naked lady in front of you? I love you purposefully mentioned (she was a stranger not a friend!) Your dress looks beautiful on you and I really enjoyed reading this one! Keep it up.


  18. Oh I love Foo Fighters they're so good live! I like music from all over the place. Old, new, I like so much.


    1. Me too! I don't like everything, but I definitely run the gamut. Thanks for reading!

  19. OMG, you lucky girl to have seen Foo Fighters a couple of times, I love them but never been to their concert or any concert at all for that matter. LOL! I do love Dave Grohl and I agree he's fucking talented!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Thanks! I hope you get to go to any show someday soon!!! XO

  20. You look absolutely amazing in that dress! Glad to see u had an awesome time Lauren:-)

  21. Foo Fighters...awesome! I always prefer smaller venues. I have gone to see older artists like Neil Young, Paul McCartney and B-52's to Britney Spears and Florence and the Machine. My favorite is Tori Amos! Tori is my Queen:)


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