Foo Fighters w/ Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable
Time Warner Cable Arena
Nov. 8, 2011
Kurt Cobain may have hated being a rock star and the fame that goes along with it, but his bandmate, Dave Grohl, absorbs every ounce of it he can. Grohl, the former Nirvana drummer, brought Foo Fighters to Charlotte on Nov. 8, and played the role of rock frontman to his best abilities for more than two-and-a-half hours.
From there, the band rolled through hit after hit, mixing in a handful of tunes from its latest album, 2011's Wasting Light, along with a couple of cover songs. The general admission floor was generally mosh-pit- and crowd-surfer-free despite countless warning signs to the contrary. That's not to say it was lifeless as people sang along to every word of every song.
While 12 video screens with various graphics and photos rotated above the stage, Grohl was clearly the center of attention as he ran around the stage, punched the air repeatedly while playing guitar and addressed the crowd often. "We don't play little hour-and-15-minute shows... not even hour-and-45-minute shows... or little two-hour-and-15-minute shows. It's gonna be a long night!" he said between hit songs "My Hero" and "Learn to Fly."
In addition to the expected hits performed — including "Monkey Wrench," "All My Life" and the first song they ever played together, "This is a Call" — the band tore through a crushing rendition of Pink Floyd's "In the Flesh" featuring drummer Taylor Hawkins on vocals.
To start off the six-song encore, Grohl ran down a ramp to a platform at the back of the arena to play a few acoustic songs. "What's up, shitty seats?!" he asked before playing "Wheels" and "Best of You," which got one of the biggest sing-alongs of the night. He started "Times Like These" on acoustic before the rest of the band joined in as Grohl made his way back to the main stage.
The band played a solid, charged-up cover of Tom Petty's "Breakdown" before ending the night with "Everlong." Earlier in the night, Grohl said after the band makes its next album, they'll be back to play a four-hour concert. Given the excitement in the arena, it's easy to assume most in attendance are looking forward to it.
Best of You
Times Like These
Breakdown (Tom Petty cover)