Review: Austin City Limits with Foo Fighters

Program: Austin City Limits
Date: Saturday, Jan. 17
Time: 7 p.m.
Also Airs: Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 10 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 23
Preview the show: AustinCityLimits.org

Few bands striding the modern rock landscape can match the mix of mainstream popularity and critical credibility as the Grammy-laden Foo Fighters . Bandleader Dave Grohl had been quietly amassing a catalog of songs while still drumming for alt.rock kingpins Nirvana. When Nirvana dissolved following Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Grohl began recording his tunes in earnest. After his demo tape sparked an industry bidding war, Grohl signed to Capitol and released the self-titled debut Foo Fighters. Grohl formed a band to tour the record and, barring a few personnel changes, has been making albums and hitting the road ever since. Acclaimed bestsellers like In Your Honor, There is Nothing Left to Lose and The Colour and the Shape sprinkled the radio with hits “Big Me,” “Monkey Wrench,” “This is a Call,” “Best of You,” “My Hero,” “Learn to Fly” and more. Now the band brings its smooth blend of loud/soft dynamics and hard-rocking melodies to Austin City Limits’ studio 6A in support of its Grammy-winning latest album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, featuring the hits “Long Road to Ruin,” “Let It Die” and “The Pretender.”

- Michael Toland

About the Reviewer: Michael Toland is manager of national productions for KLRU and contributes music reviews to several online and print publications.