Like the guitar amplifier in “This Is Spinal Tap” that goes “all the way to 11” while others can only reach 10, the Foo Fighters cranked up the intensity from exhilaration to exhaustion before a capacity crowd at Dodge Theatre.
Opening with a crackling version of the Grammy-winning “All My Life” and the surging “My Hero,” the modern-rock quartet had the audience on its feet from the get-go.
Singer/guitarist Dave Grohl, dressed simply in a white T-shirt and jeans, proved to be not only an engaging frontman, but quite a comedic presence as well with his funny, and sometimes lewd, stage banter.
“He's like the Jim Carrey of music,” said Tobey Ashcroft, 33, of Mesa.
The other band members definitely know who has the star power and uttered scarcely a word among them the entire night.
Mixing songs from all four of the group's albums, highlights included “Stacked Actors,” “Monkey Wrench” and “Everlong.” They featured instrumental breaks and passages that showed the precision of the band as a working unit as they expanded upon the tunes’ recorded versions.
“They were really tight, and the live additions to the songs were great,” said Hans Ringger of local indie rockers Before Braille.
By the time the rest of the band left the stage for Grohl to perform a solo version of the slower song “Tired of You,” the relentless intensity had left much of the music sounding alike. The break would have been much better suited to the middle of the set, rather than near its end.
The Foo Fighters picked up right where they left off energy-wise for an encore that included their hit “Learn to Fly” and “Weenie Beenie.”