Joined by on-again Foo guitarist Pat Smear, the Foo Fighters opened the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards with a blood-pressure-raising live performance of "Rope," the lead single off their upcoming seventh studio album Wasting Light.
Set on a garage-like stage back-lit with beaming rays of light -- and duh, a mini catwalk into the crowd -- it was the kind of performance that learned all the whippersnapper acts at South by Southwest a thing or two about rocking. Note to indie bands hoping to break out during their time in Austin: This is what longevity looks like.
The Foo Fighters are fresh off of last Thursday's "Rope" video premiere and the SXSW premiere of their new documentary, directed by Academy Award winner James Moll. Wasting Light is due out April 11.
+ Watch Foo Fighters mtvU Woodie Awards performance of "Rope."