A Night At The National Stadium With The Foo Fighters – By Expat Andrea McKenna

04 September 2017

By Finder blogger: Andrea McKenna


We went to see the American band Foo Fighters this past weekend at the National Stadium. It was the first time I’d been there for a concert, having only attended sporting events in the past. And I must tell you that it was pretty awesome.

About the stadium: For one thing, unlike the Scotland-Italy rugby match earlier this year, the security lines were not long or outrageous. They were very efficient.

-Also efficient was the “refreshments” line, though one stand ran out of beer and only had cider. That, however, is not necessarily a problem. Ha!

-While I’ve heard otherwise from a big SG-based promoter and concert reviewers, I would say that the sound system at the stadium was excellent.

-It is still a bit hard to taxi or Uber out of the stadium area so MRT really is the best option. For us, we jumped the bike-sharing OBikes and headed nearby to our place on Meyer Road.

Now about the show: Foo Fighters, who had not been to Singapore in 20 years, played a really fun, energetic set with all their expected hits—“Monkey Wrench,” “Learn to Fly,” “My Hero,” “Best of You,” “Big Me,” and more. 

Contrary to what I had found on YouTube, they did not do any cover songs. I was soooo ready to belt out Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” in case they needed someone to sing it. (It’s on YouTube with a fan singing, you see…)

They did however pepper in a few mini riffs, including “Fly Like an Eagle” by Steve Miller, when the keyboardist was introduced, as well as the intro to The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” for the guitarist’s intro. 

Lead singer Dave Grohl was jovial and smooth with the audience and had a firm grasp on how to handle a stadium crowd, including directing sing-alongs and teasing songs with acoustic intros. And to match Singapore’s general politeness and social refinement he didn’t swear either.

Overall, the vibe was upbeat. You kind of felt like they were your friends by the end of the show. Then again, could have been the cider. (Nah, it was the Foo Fighters!) Either way, I would definitely recommend seeing concerts at the National Stadium when they come up on your radar here in Singapore. 


About Andrea McKenna

image: E. Chiau

Andrea McKenna Brankin is journalist and author from the United States who lives a full life with bipolar disorder. Her book, Bipolar Phoenix, is awaiting a publishing contract. She is also currently a volunteer at the DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre for teen girls in Singapore, providing befriending-family support, therapeutic writing and rugby coaching.

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