Foo Fighters Twitter rant earns Minnesota Wild prospect a 2-game suspension

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Criticizing Dave Grohl is a good idea, but please don't use offensive slurs.
Minnesota Wild prospect Justin Fontaine watched the Grammys along with everyone else Sunday night, but didn't get caught up in the Bon Iver fever. Instead, the 24-year-old graduate of University of Minnesota-Duluth decided to mouth off in the worst way possible regarding the Foo Fighters' performance, as pointed out by City Pages' Blotter today.

Not only did he use a homophobic f-bomb, but it dropped it on Twitter. Although he later deleted the offensive posting and apologized, the stunt still earned him a two-game suspension from the Houston Aeros, the Wild's minor league affiliate. The screen-capped pigheadedness lives on below.
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Although he was wrong in his wording and general mindset, he was not alone in the assessment of the quality of the Foo Fighters' performance (and recent treatment of photographers). Some folks actually used real words, and not "Foo Faggots," to make the point.

The New York Times' take, for example: "The band is dynamics-free and tiresome, not much more than a cover band gone legit, except instead of covering songs (though it does that too, in concert), it covers whole styles, guaranteeing that fans of 1970s hard rock, 1980s hair bands and 1990s post-grunge will all be soothed equally."

Having witnessed the Foo Fighters first Minneapolis show back in 1995 at First Avenue -- which featured the unparalleled Craig Wedren and his band Shudder to Think as an opener -- the band once possessed a firepower that was uniquely their own. It was before post-grunge had fully set in, and songs like "This is a Call" from the group's self-titled debut were oddly shaped, and actually reverberated with garage-like rust and dust.

There was also the mushy "Big Me," which proved to be a crossover hit and a disturbing forecast of the road ahead. And now the band has about 19 songs that are virtual carbon copies of it. 

After hearing Dave Grohl talk about how his band headed back to a garage to create their latest album, and how technology shouldn't be the guiding force for music -- which is bullshit -- I was expecting a little more from Grammys night too. As it was, a few glimpses of Grohl's Slayer T-shirt provided the highlight of a performance Village Voice correctly accused of dabbling in "newfangled fakery."

Lesson here: If you're getting paid to play hockey, best stick to it and keep your bigoted mouth shut about other topics. The Wild have since apologized for the "offensive slur," and benched the young Fontaine for two games. As for the penalties for the Foo Fighters' limp into mediocrity -- they may never be handed down.


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jrc
jrc

actually the first foo fighter's minneapolis performance was them opening for mike watt at first ave.  they started about 30 minutes late because pat smear was too busy watching tv to get to the show.  eddie veddar and wife played with hovercraft as the other opener.

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

I remember that show! Loved that Watt album, and they played it all the time on Rev 105.

Anyhow, the show I'm referring to was the first "headlining" show for FF.

Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott

Props for this viewpoint. As a 12-year-old in St. Louis, Foo Fighters was the first show I ever saw—that same '95 tour, I think, except Super Grass supported. First mosh pit, too.

I can't imagine moving as frenetically to the Foo's recent tunes as I did to "I'll Stick Around."

Mike Man
Mike Man

Gutsy article, Reed. I dig it. The band hasn't been good since Colour and the Shape. And even that marked the beginning of the end. 'Hey Johnny Park' was the pinnacle of their style IMO.

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