The lights went out. A single guitar began to play. They opened with Everlong. It felt like we had been waiting forever-long.
Being the first real concert I’ve ever been to, the Foo Fighters set the bar pretty high. Their show on August 29th absolutely blew me away. First and foremost, they sound just as good, if not better, live and that’s much more than can be said for most pop artists. Secondly, Dave Grohl does his concerts so informally. It seemed like every other song he was stopping to tell stories and drink beer. At one point he said, "I’m sure you’re all wondering how I broke my leg… I broke my leg. The end."
I’m a pretty big Foo Fighters fan, so I know practically all of the songs they performed (except White Limo, which I now know is a little too screamy for my taste) and I had an amazing time singing along and rocking out.
Also, Dave Grohl basically sang happy birthday to me. So that happened.
I can remember where I was when I heard Robert DeLong's music for the first time. It was December of 2012, I was at WLTL hosting a show and I looked the new music list in the on-air studio that described all the new music the music department had added and one entry especially caught my eye. It went something like "it sounds like a straight indie track until out of now where Robert DeLong drops the bass". The song was Global Concepts and when I played it, it made me dance. After hearing the song for the first time, I had to hear more. I looked up more about Robert DeLong and found out about his crazy live setup that includes video game controllers, midi controllers and a full drum set! And he plays all these by himself! Robert stayed relatively quiet for about a year and a half after his first album came out but then he blessed the world with a new song called Long Way Down last fall which was defiantly one of my favorite tracks of last year. Then earlier this summer, Robert dropped another track named Don't Wait Up and he announced his sophomore album In The Cards which comes out on September 18th. This summer, he played Mamby at the Beach in Chicago which I wasn't able to go to sadly, until he announced that he was playing a free show at Double Door sponsored by Taco Bell and Pandora. I quickly signed up to go and followed my classic tradition of emailing managers and agents to see if I could get an interview. It had worked once before and history repeated itself in my inbox when I found out I would be interviewing Robert DeLong! I got to the venue to interview Robert at about 4:30 as he was finishing his sound check. After I met Robert, I had him autograph an old picture of him I dug up from one of his previous project and we went down to the green room to do the interview and I couldn't help but notice how humble, polite and down to earth he was for someone who I've heard on some of my favorite radio stations (and not just WLTL). The interview is below and to be forever archived on the internet. To my surprise, I was not instantly tossed out of the venue. For the next two and a half hours, I chilled out in the venue, chatted it up with Robert a bit more off the record, got to meet some of the wonderful people from Pandora and, drank some free Red Bull and chocolate milk. When the show started, Robert did exactly what he did the first time I heard Global Concepts , he made me (explicative) dance. It was a crazy, sweaty show that I will never forget. It was a great display of how electronic music isn't just pushing buttons and jumping around. And now, enjoy my interview with Robert Delong.
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