There can’t be many items left for Dave Grohl to scratch off of his rock-and-roll bucket list. The Springfield-raised musician has been a prime-time MTV fixture since his early 20s, first as drummer for grunge titans Nirvana, then as frontman for his alt-rock band, Foo Fighters.
But, Grohl explained to a capacity crowd at the Verizon Center on Friday night, “this is the first time I’ve sold out the big arena in my home town.” And he promised that the Foo Fighters would perform “every song that we know how to play.” They didn’t quite go that far, but they did deliver a three-hour set peppered with their strongest singles.
The band beefed up its best tunes with expansive, guitar-solo-heavy arrangements, drawing out four-minute radio-ready nuggets such as “Monkey Wrench” into ecstatic crescendos. The extra space helped them work the room, supplying extra minutes for Grohl to bound across the stage like Ted Nugent in a fiery loincloth.