Everyone was healing and grieving on the heels of what happened in Las Vegas the weekend before Cal Jam 17 in San Bernardino.
Nobody could've predicted that 58 loved ones would lose their lives, but one thing was for sure:
Music was going to bring us together no matter what.
In keeping with the feel of the original Cal Jam Festival out at the Glen Helen Regional Park in the desert, the Foo Fighters pretty much had a record release party for their 9th studio album, Concrete and Gold. It's a damn good album, too.
They invited some of their favorite bands to jam all day long including The Struts, Royal Blood, The Kills, Liam Gallagher, Cage the Elephant & Queens of the Stone Age.
In the middle of all the rockin' and rollin' and partyin', the Foo Fighters set up a killer Rock & Roll Museum of sorts, and it was so awesome, I had to visit twice!
Among other sweet memorabilia inside this museum (especially with the AC running in the middle of a dry, hot desert), it was a hell of an experience. They played Foo Fighters music all day inside (and why wouldn't they? Am I right?)
Saw some good bands including Cage the Elephant, who is worth the price of admission and much more.
They opened their set with an amazing tribute to the late Tom Petty. Their cover of "Mary Jane's Last Dance" was nothing short of brilliant and paid tremendous respect to the rock icon who left us on October 2.
Cage the Elephant has a lot of great, catchy tunes, but the complexity and variety of their music makes them one of the best up-and-coming headliners-to-be.
After Queens of the Stone Age tore it up following Cage the Elephant, the Foos took the stage and did not disappoint.
I apologize if my phone takes crappy pictures, but yes, that's Rick Astley ("Never Gonna Give You Up") who performed his iconic song with FF in the spirit of Nirvana.
That, my friends, is Joe Perry, Hall of Fame lead guitarist for Aerosmith. He came out and threw down renditions of "Draw the Line" and "Come Together" (with Liam Gallagher on vocals for the latter). What a trip, considering Aerosmith was my first concert.
I'll say a couple things:
1. This was, by far, the best show I've ever seen from the Foo Fighters. They played the hits, and they played a handful from their new record. They crushed it, and while I expected nothing less, it was comforting all the same.
2. Specials guests including Dave Koz (legendary saxophonist), Liam Gallagher, Joe Perry, and Rick Astley chiming in with the Foos was an incredible addition.
3. Most importantly, this festival did not have any mass fighting, mosh pits, mild adult language, and, in contrast, many men, women, and families that were brought together by the power and comfort of great music, atmosphere and souls altogether.
I sure hope Dave and the boys bring Cal Jam 18 to us and hopefully can set the bar even higher.