Grohl finds sun­shine de­spite Rivers of rain

Herald on Sunday - - NEWS - By Chris Schulz

One con­verted a coun­cil rub­bish bag into a jacket. An­other went shirt­less with a fully in­flated life­jacket cov­er­ing his chest. Many flagged their shoes and pad­dled around bare­foot.

Oth­ers donned coloured pon­chos and hud­dled un­der eaves and ledges to es­cape the driv­ing rain that threat­ened to turn the biggest rock show of the sum­mer into a washout.

But the per­son most pre­pared for last night’s stormy weather at Mt Smart Sta­dium was Weezer gui­tarist Brian Bell, who splashed about on stage in a full-length yel­low rain­coat and knee-high gum­boots.

Stand­ing among the 40,000-strong crowd, you couldn’t help but feel­ing, well, to­tally soaked.

Then Dave Grohl ar­rived.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful day for a rock show right?” he screamed, tear­ing down a slip­pery run­way through the crowd, thrash­ing his gui­tar around and re­ceiv­ing a rap­tur­ous re­cep­tion.

Grohl and co launched into the open­ing stomp of Run, and the rain started stalling. It com­pletely cleared dur­ing All My Life, as Grohl crept around the stage dur­ing the song’s grind­ing riff. By the time they launched into Learn­ing to Fly, you could even see the hint of some late evening sun. Dur­ing The Pre­tender ,a full rain­bow could be seen over the sta­dium. “We just made the rain stop,” de­clared Grohl.

They de­liv­ered a set packed with hits that showed why the Foos have be­come the sta­dium rocks vets they are.

Dur­ing Break­out, the crowd sang so loudly Grohl called them “crazy . . . you need to chill out”. Other high­lights were the slow-mo Sky is a Neigh­bour­hood, and crowd­pleasers My Hero and Best of You.

Next time, this rock god might be talk­ing about the time he made the heav­ens clear and be­came — briefly — a weather god.

Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo showed his sense of hu­mour too, don­ning a som­brero for sev­eral songs dur­ing a set packed with hits like Hash Pipe and Bev­erly Hills.

The night’s fun­ni­est mo­ment came when they played Feels Like Sum­mer, from their sum­mery re­cent al­bum Pa­cific Day­dream, as rain splashed around the stage.

Chris Loufte

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