Foo Fighters music! Worthing Rocks: Faux Fighters live!


Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Two top tributes, live in Worthing, It’s going to a great night of alternative rock n roll!

Black Rabbit productions Presents at The Factory Live 24 June 2022:

Foo Fighters Vs Queens of the Stoneage

Featuring Faux Fighters UK & Kings of the Stoneage

Foo Fighters are an American rock band formed in Seattle in 1994. Foo Fighters was initially formed as a one man project by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl.

Faux Fighters UK
After spending years of playing drums for numerous bands and recording sessions, Ben Rudge decided to take the leap of faith and doing exactly what Dave Grohl did, switching the kit for guitar and taking centre stage.

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

After spending a few months of recording 4 or 5 foo fighters songs on his own, he finally decided to try and put together the best Foo Fighters tribute he could. Calling on long-term friends Liam Slattery and Russ Millard the Faux journey began, quickly adding drummer Kris Perrin and 3rd guitarist Paul Beddow (if you are gonna do the Foo’s you really do need three guitars!). The line-up rehearsed for a few months before deciding to add the final layer of Ben Selleck on keys who finally completed the full live FOO FIGHTERS / FAUX FIGHTERS UK LINE UP.

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Ok, now Ben did a top job in replicating the performance of Dave Grohl. Mr Grohl was a drummer for Queens of the Stone Age, which Ben covered whilst performing with Kings Of The Stone Age (confusing huh?). Ben, like Grohl, swapped the sticks for a guitar, a beautiful blue Gibson, and vocal duties for his role in Faux Fighters.  The guys making up the Faux Fighters are all skilled and talented musicians. They all worked damn hard on their various instruments and roles during the set. Jaw droppingly good when you hear the sound they make.

The Faux Fighters live performances are full on live events. The band, led by Ben seemed to go way out of their way to bring the Factory Live crowd the power and dynamics of the originals. Faux Fighters play you the songs you know and love by the Foo Fighters. Tonight we got pretty much a great selection from the back catalogue. What songs am I talking about here? We got belters such as: (set opener) Times Like These, DOA, No Way Back, Monkey Wrench, and a set highlight for me was Best Of You.

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

We got so much more! Some 18 massive songs played tonight closing with the monster rocker that is Everlong. That 90 minutes set just flew! (Thanks Ben S, nice to talk to you and for the set list – always appreciated).

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

These guys powered it up. We had it all and it genuinely replicated being at a small personal gig held by the Foo Fighters, much talk tonight about the now legendary gig at Concorde 2. Ben was superb as he led the crowd, “lets light the fu**ing the place with your phones” and later he had pretty much everyone drop to their knees. The cry of “Let’s do some huge stadium bangers!” went down well with the jammed in crowd. We were not disappointed, The Factory Live just rocked!

Rudge certainly have the look of Grohl, the hair and the beard helps. He expertly pulls it all off with a smile that engaged everyone in the room. Great that he spoke to the audience pulling us all in, his manner replicated Grohls tones and even matched up with some great humour.

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

It really did make the crowd feel they were facing the real thing. The chant of Chug, Chug as Ben poured lager into his bass player Liam’s throat, a pint in one go! Brilliant fun! Nicely done and you didn’t spill a drop!

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

No complaints from me or the large crowd. A look around at the happy dancing crowd confirmed that Faux Fighters gave a perfect performance without a hitch, they captured that FF energy.

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These guys came to have fun, play some great music and entertain. Faux Fighters UK, the UK’s finest tribute to the music of the Foo Fighters? Yep! A top outfit and a recommended “go see”.

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Faux Fighters: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

 

Faux Fighters UK are on Facebook here.

Plus support from Kings of the Stone Age

Kings of the Stoneage: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Kings of the Stone Age: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

“heavy enough for the boys and sweet enough for the girls”

For the best part of 20 years or so, originals, Queens Of The Stone Age’s hip shaking grooves and back up of power guitar riffs have set the gold standard for the alternative rock scene. Kings of the Stone Age dropped into the Factory Live to bring us some of those big hits.

Kings of the Stoneage: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Kings of the Stone Age: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Kings of the Stone Age – are a rather tasty UK tribute outfit based on rockers Queens Of The Stone Age.

These guys have managed to build a considerable following whilst setting out to performing those riffing, desert rock tunes performed by the originals. It is a testament indeed for these guys thanks to the set they put down at the Factory Live.

Yes, you may spot a couple of familiar faces who returned to take on roles in the later Faux Fighters set!

Opening the night in style, Kings of the Stone Age boisterously tore through their allotted timeslot. Millionaire rocked us hard and linked straight into the intro guitar riff for No One Knows. Regular John, Feel good and Little Sister were fired up. The bands  thirty minute slot was completely fuelled by that angst and humour of the originals.

Kings of the Stoneage: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Kings of the Stone Age: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Tucked into the set were some of the bigger well known tracks such as the wonderful Go With The Flow, and also some lesser known material from the catalogue. Considering the time these guys had, they nailed it. The guys crunched out A Song For The Dead to close their session, damn that one rocked and the full on sound and performance really fired up and came to life. Some great musicianship on display.

Kings of the Stoneage: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Kings of the Stone Age: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

These guys are authentic, providing an authentic raw and an honest display of the alternative rock from Queens Of The Stone Age. They were a perfect choice for getting the night underway in style.

Kings of the Stone Age are on Facebook here.

And Finally…

Thanks to Faux Fighters UK

Thanks to Kings of the Stone Age

Thanks to Black Rabbit Productions

Thanks to The Factory Live – staff and security.

 

 

Black Rabbit Productions hosted the evening. They work hard promoting live music on the south coast. They are a promotion company with years of experience putting on music shows. Tonight was superb. They have some great gigs lined up! You can find Black Rabbit Productions on the WWW 

Thanks again to the Team at The Factory Live (now on twitter so you can keep up to date).

The Factory Live is based in Worthing. We have been there a few times now and has became a favourite venue of ours. Great staff and a top stage area with some of the best lighting and sound mix set ups around.

A huge shout to the super team at The Factory Live. This really is a little gem of a venue and tonight the sound mix was spot on. The lighting had been upgraded since my last visit and it was wonderful to see all the band members and just the right amount of smoke! First class night guys and cheers to the brilliant security and bar staff.

The Factory Live is tucked away in Worthing. It’s a great venue. A great team running the place, the staff were approachable, friendly and helpful. The venue is pretty large and well ventilated with a nice large bar area and outside seating and tables. The venue, The Factory Live, is located at Unit 9A, Ivy Arch Road in Worthing.

The Factory Live are on the WWW here

Words and Pictures: Ian Bourn

 

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