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Foo Fighters Prove Rock Is Alive and Well with Charlotte Stop

PNC Music Pavilion; May 9, 2024

Dave Grohl spits water in the air while playing guitar onstage during Thursday night's Foo Fighters show
Dave Grohl onstage during Thursday night’s Foo Fighters show. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Don’t tell Dave Grohl that rock is dead. You may, however, tell him that Charlotte has missed the Foo Fighters.

A dozen years since the last time Grohl’s band was in town (and that was for only 2,000 people at a special Fillmore concert; the previous big show was at Spectrum Center in 2011), fans had been waiting far too long for Foo Fighters’ return to the Queen City.

It was evident from the first notes that the show was going to be something memorable … for fans and the band. By the time Grohl got around to introducing his bandmates, the crowd was primed for applause. Guitarist Pat Smear received “the loudest applause he’s gotten in 30 years.” Clearly it was an appreciation night for Smear — who like Grohl played in both Nirvana and Foo Fighters — as the cheering seemed to go on forever.

Dave Grohl (left) plays alongside Pat Smear at Thursday night’s Foo Fighters show. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Having returned to the road after a hiatus following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins in March 2022, Foo Fighters were in fine form on Thursday night for one of their last stops before heading overseas. The group played a few songs from its most recent album, But Here We Are, released last summer, while mixing in plenty of hits and a few rarities, all of which sounded fantastic on a comfortable spring evening.

“My Hero” was dedicated to record producer Steve Albini, who died earlier this week from a heart attack. Albini was the producer for Nirvana’s final studio album In Utero, on which Grohl was the drummer. “Aurora” was dedicated to Hawkins, as it was his favorite Foo Fighters song.

Josh Freese on the drums at Thursday night’s Foo Fighters show. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Hawkins’ seat behind the drumkit was filled by Josh Freese, who has played with Devo, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle and others. His heavy handed drumming was the perfect heartbeat for the band’s performance. Even Grohl acknowledged that they wouldn’t be back on tour without him. If there was any doubt about him being behind the kit, those worries were quickly shattered.

The only question I had throughout the performance was, “How does Dave Grohl still have a voice?” He took a shot of Jägermeister with Smear, found time for a cigarette or two, and screamed his lungs out but never seemed to suffer from any of it.

Dave Grohl onstage during Thursday night’s Foo Fighters show. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Perhaps it was all the water he was dumping on his head after every few songs that kept the 55-year-old feeling and sounding young for nearly three hours. Whatever it is, let’s hope it’s not another dozen years before Foo Fighters return to Charlotte.

Foo Fighters Setlist
Bridge Burning
No Son of Mine
Rescued
The Pretender
Times Like These
La Dee Da
Breakout
Medicine at Midnight
Walk
Sabotage > Blitzkrieg Bop > March of the Pigs
My Hero
The Sky Is a Neighborhood
Learn to Fly
Arlandria
These Days
Shame Shame
All My Life
Nothing at All
The Glass
Monkey Wrench
Aurora
Best of You

Encore
The Teacher
Everlong

Dave Grohl plays guitar onstage during Thursday night's Foo Fighters show
Dave Grohl onstage during Thursday night’s Foo Fighters show. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Be sure to check out Queen City Nerve’s Soundwave, Charlotte’s most comprehensive live music listing, so you don’t miss out on any shows or concerts coming up. And hell, if you’re looking for something else to do, you can check out our events page as well, which runs the gamut of things to do in Charlotte. You don’t ever have to be bored again. You can check out more of Jeff’s pics and live reviews here.


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