As fist-pumping stadium rockers go, they don’t come much bigger than Foo Fighters.
They may be the only gig at the home of the Black Cats this year, but they made it a big, pounding one and proved with every head bang why they’re billed as one of the best live acts in the world.
“I know this is a stadium, but to me it’s a party,” yelled long-haired frontman Dave Grohl as he launched into the high-octane set in front of a baying 50,000-strong crowd.
They came here to rock and Grohl, flashing his trademark Joker-esque grin, knows just how to give an audience what it wants.
He had them in the palm of his hand with every flick of his tresses.
Though the gig was to support eighth album Sonic Highways, they’ve got a 20-year back catalogue to thrash their way through, and that they did, in all its sweaty, screeching glory. The recognisable riffs came thick and fast in a howling tour-de-force of rock. It was, excuse the pun, a Best of Foo.
They delivered a spectacular 30-song set of crowd favourites opening with Everlong, following with Learn to Fly.
The crowd were as energetic as the band themselves with crowd-surfers aplenty. But if ever there’s a frontman to whip you into a frenzy it’s Grohl, who delivers every word of his lyrics, such as The Pretender, All My Life and Monkey Wrench, with conviction.
The show was brought to a rousing climax with the hands-in-the-air anthemic Best Of You.
Steve Walton, event manager at SGM Concerts, said: “Once again the Stadium of Light has delivered a fantastic music event. The joined up approach between the football club and its city partners makes hosting concerts here a seamless experience,
“Everyone had a great night and the show kicked off the tour in real style.”
Gary Hutchinson, SAFC’s commercial director said: “It was a fantastic show and the Foo Fighters certainly lived up to their reputation as one of the best stadium acts in the world. There is a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to get the stadium show up and running, and to see it come to fruition in such tremendous style gives everyone a great sense of satisfaction.”
This was the opening night of the UK, and European leg, of this tour. Brace yourself Britain, get ready to rock.