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Dave Grohl & The Foo Fighters Rock Out Gwinnett Arena Monday Night

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Dave Grohl leads the Foo Fighters as they perform for a sold out crowd Monday night at the Gwinnett Arena. Social Distortion and the Joy Formidable were the opening acts.
>>> (From Wiki) The Foo Fighters are an American alternative rock band originally formed in 1994 by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana wheb Kurt Cobain comitted suicide. The band got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as foo fighters. Prior to the release of the Foo Fighters’ 1995 debut album Foo Fighters, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as fellow Nirvana touring bandmate Pat Smear as guitarist to complete the lineup. After a few lineup changes, drummer Taylor Hawkins became a member. The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined as the band’s lead guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band released its fourth album, One by One, in 2002. The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor (2005), which was split between acoustic songs and heavier material. Foo Fighters released its sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. In 2010, it was confirmed that Smear had officially rejoined the band after touring with the Foo Fighters as an unofficial member between 2006 and 2009. Over the course of the band’s career, three of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, and all six albums have been nominated. The band’s seventh studio album, Wasting Light, was released in 2011.

AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the event with his camera. Check out the online photo gallery. What did you think of the concert? What was your favorite Foo Fighters song? Who loved Social Distortion?

 (Photo Credit: Robb D. Cohen/ www.robbsphotos.com)  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit  Atlanta ConcertPhotography Galleries.)

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Carlos

November 8th, 2011
8:00 am

Rick

November 8th, 2011
9:03 am

One of the best concerts that I’ve ever seen. Just wow.

AJC- seriously, you guys can’t do more than post a few uncaptioned photos and a wikipedia summary? You are the main paper in a major US city and one of the biggest bands in the world played last night. Either cover the story or ignore it. The Wiki-style “reporting” is terrible.

k

November 8th, 2011
9:22 am

anyone else have a nightmare of a time trying to get to sugarloaf from 85N?

DeAnna

November 8th, 2011
9:39 am

Was just thinking the same thing about the Wiki thing–you couldn’t actually say that much about the show? I could!! I loved it! Definitely one of the best that I have seen from them. After being stuck in traffice for 2 hours and then going to the show, I can NOW say thatI loved that it created so much chaos with it being sold out.

Joanna

November 8th, 2011
9:48 am

Rick and DeAnna: Sadly, most newspapers now operate on a small staff and mostly use national and freelance features. I miss the AJC music features Russ DeVault and Bo Emerson wrote about bands back in the day.

Robb Cohen

November 8th, 2011
9:55 am

Hi Foo Fans. First, thanks very much for your interest and comments. As the photographer for last night’s show, my 19-photo gallery, which is now live and accessible from the link above, was my main duty. As you can tell by the 3:33 AM posting, that consumed most of my time. Normally, there is a staff writer assigned to review the concert, but, unfortunately, that was not the case last night. I post this blog to give the concertgoers an opportunity to discuss the actual show. I was only allowed to shoot the first three songs, which is standard. So, hopefully, you will enjoy the photos that are online and not be too upset there was not a formal review. Thanks and I welcome all of your personal comments about the great concert!

Rick@ Robb

November 8th, 2011
10:00 am

Cool. Thanks for the explaination. Makes more sense now.

Jobu

November 8th, 2011
10:06 am

One of the worst mixed shows ever! Sat dead center in club level. Should have had a perfect mix. Left after 14 songs. Way to much kick drum in the mix. No snare or high hat. The bass guitar was over the top. The vocals were too low (other than when he screamed). Pat Smear needs to go. A third guitar makes a wall of mud. Could barely make out the riffs. They then doubled down and over compensated by loudness. Total disappointment. Taylor’s tom fills were also drowned out. Please fire the sound man. Dave does a great job as a front man. He was high energy and really engaged with the crowd. Too bad it sounded like complete and total crap.

LindaG

November 8th, 2011
11:01 am

Makes me sick that I couldn’t make it. Would love it if they could do another show locally.

goatatl

November 8th, 2011
11:34 am

Incredible show, but getting out of the parking lot was a nightmare! 30+ minutes to get from deck to lot.
This was my 1st experience @ Gwinnett Arena. Is it always this bad?

@goatatl

November 8th, 2011
12:26 pm

My first trip there, too. Total clusterXXXX in the parking lot. We waited 20 minutes after the show before leaving and it still took 40 minutes to get back out to Sugarloaf. Really weird parking setup- basically a free-for-all until you got to the main parkway.

ozzfest

November 8th, 2011
12:30 pm

THE FOOS CAME ON AT 9:00 AND PLAYED UNTIL 11:45. I HAVE BEEN TO 250+ CONCERTS, AND THE ONLY HEADLINER TO PLAY LONGER WAS PAUL McCARTNEY.

BY THE WAY, I ALSO SAW THEM AT THE MASQUERADE AS THE OPENING FOR MIKE WATT IN 1995…DURING FREAKNIC.

Charles

November 8th, 2011
12:59 pm

My feedback is similar to that of Jobu. From the rear upper-deck, not a single crash cymbal was heard.
Particularly during The Joy Formidable, the double-bass was overmic’d, and it was drowning out all of the other voices.
Mixing definitely needed work.

Mary

November 8th, 2011
1:06 pm

On the last photo file in the ajc—it was so
obvious it was not your beautiful work! AJC is so
much going downhill in this area of cutting photo work.
Payday is coming for the AJC! Thanks Robb for doing all you can— your photography is the best! ms

emmabee

November 8th, 2011
1:39 pm

Guys! Geez. The negativity is uncalled for. This show was kick ass. Yes, I am not a musician and I am sure if you work in the sound/music industry you would find the acoustics to be off. But its the freaking Gwinett Arena. Its not going to be perfect. I agree with whoever wrote about the length of the show. Almost 3 hrs! C’mon! That is awesome. This band is altogether fabu. And Pat Smear can stay. He kicks ass. If you dont like the band then dont go see them and stop complaining…enjoy the music.

flowerpower

November 8th, 2011
1:47 pm

it was meant to be loud, screaming rock and roll – and it was. and almost 3 hours for a very reasonably priced concert for a hugely successful band — I haven’t seen that done by anyone else! the foos energy level was so crazy high that after the first 3 songs I thought, how in the world are they gonna keep this up? but somehow they did – I feel like I finally saw a rock and roll concert after going to concerts for more than 30 years.

Foo fan

November 8th, 2011
1:54 pm

I was on the side, and though it was LOUD the mix was fine. I could very clearly hear the kick/snare/hi-hat/ride in perfect balance, and make out all three individual guitars and also the bass. Sorry your mix straight back was flawed – it was (imo) a much better mix than I’ve heard in the past at Gwinnett. I usually hate that place for acoustics.

Jobu

November 8th, 2011
2:38 pm

No negatively… It was an honest critique. When you drop $100+ on tix, I want it to sound good. I just can’t stand when people can’t even have the slightest critical look at their band. You are a consumer, you spend your hard earned money, it is ok to express disappointment in a purchase. I have seen Nickelback there three times and the mix was flawless. It CAN be done in Gwinnett. (Although VH sounded like crap there too). Flowerpower, I recently saw Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Slayer, so I am quite comfortable with loud and aggressive. Watching Taylor do killer snare fills and have it sound like the snare was outside the arena was disappointing. I never said the Foos were bad. I just said the sound really ruined a EXCELLENT performance. No worries. I will see them again somewhere else. However, if their sound man cannot dial it in 14 songs, Dave ought to look for someone else. Front center house should be the best place in the building to sit! I was behind the sound guy for gosh sake. =)

FooFanatic

November 8th, 2011
2:51 pm

Hey Jobu, next time save your money for the Wiggles. When you go see the greatest live rock band You expect the sound to be natural without computers. I’m sure when you are in Starbucks listening to Yanni, everything is mixed correctly. Oh by the way f#c% off !!!!

flowerpower

November 8th, 2011
2:52 pm

it’s all good Jobu – the loud screaming comment wasn’t about your mix issue – I assumed that it wasn’t so good from your seat and that does suck.

Jobu

November 8th, 2011
3:22 pm

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Jobu

November 8th, 2011
3:31 pm

LMAO! You are brilliant FooFanatic! What are you, 19?! You must be with comments like the “greatest live rock band”. Go see ACDC, Metallica, Maiden, Rush, Ozzy and some new acts like Slipknot and Avenged and get some perspective on life. The Foos are GREAT, but get a clue. Computers have nothing to do with it. What a ret@ard… Maybe if you put down the Guitar Hero and picked up an actual instrument, you might know how a concert mix is done. And btw, I listened to Stone Sour at Starbucks this morning…back at ya flowerpower. all good. =)

KW

November 8th, 2011
3:39 pm

It was an awesome concert. My son is a big fan of them. Almost 3 hours of high energy from Grohl – totally engaged the audience. It was LOUD. We were about 9 rows off of the floor in the corner (section 122). The sound was pretty good to me from where we were at. I didn’t hear the mixing issues that Jobu noted. Not saying the mixing issue didn’t exist, but I didn’t think it was too bad from where we were at. Look forward to seeing them at the Masquerade in 2027. lol Concur with the traffic getting out of there…what a mess.

Foonatic

November 8th, 2011
4:20 pm

All I can say is Wow!!!! What a showman Grohl is and he definitely pulls you into the show. His cover of Breakdown was flawless and his acoustic songs were on point. I agree with Jobu about the mixing and at times the numbing bass drowned out most everything else. I am a fan and appreciate the Foo Fighters sticking with their blend of hits and new stuff. My feet r sure sore fron dancing though. The crowd was great but there was definitely some strong weed coming from somewhere close. I purchased 8 tickets and my 10 year old daughter went to her first concert. Rock On !!!!

Rick

November 8th, 2011
7:34 pm

Jobu is the man! Great response to the 19 year old. Well played, sir.

Ozzfest- Rush is the closest band I know to giving Foo Fighters a run for their money in terms of length and quality of a performance. Of course, they took a 20 minute break during the Time Machine tour. But hey- they are in their late 50’s!

Bryan

November 8th, 2011
8:06 pm

Foo Fighters rocked it! THE last great rock band

AMGCCG

November 8th, 2011
8:30 pm

I have to say that the Foo Fighters show on 11/7 at the Arena at Gwinnett was awesome! I did not hear as many mixing issues as Jobu mentioned, but that could have been because I was wearing some hefty hearing protection. Even with the hearing protection it was LOUD. Grohl put forth some much energy and kept it up for almost a solid 3 hours. I have know idea how Taylor kept it up either. Between those two tornados, it did seem at times that the rest of the band was just playing along as best they could to keep up. No drama implied. They are a very cohesive band and create quality music that I certainly will continue to enjoy for as long as they will continue to put it out. It is my opinion that the Foos are certainly rock legends in the making.

Krystal

November 8th, 2011
8:46 pm

It was FOONOMINAL! The best concert I’ve been to and I’ve been to many! I will definately be seeing them again and again and again!

Rdizzle

November 8th, 2011
9:13 pm

I really wanted to enjoy this concert from top to bottom, but the acoustics were just plain mush. I was in section 104, right about 10 rows up. Should have been a great seat for sound quality, but from Joy Formidable onward, the sound was not mixed properly. The volume was probably 20% above what would have made for fully legible lyrics and a loud concert atmosphere, and the bass was dialed up at least 10-15%. When Social D came on, they were a bit more refined, but you still got the sense that the sound guy just didn’t understand that we’re in a 13k venue, not a 90k venue.

When Grohl came out, they spanked my eardrums for 3 hours. I am an audiophile, and love music, and my ears. Well, with three guitars and a screaming madman, I expected it to be loud. Too bad the sound guys couldn’t keep it in check. Literally, my eardrums were flexing and fluttering, which I don’t mind, as long as the tones are there. I couldn’t hear definition in the rhythm guitar, nor cymbals on the drum kit, just mushy bassy tones.

The show itself — killer. Grohl knows what he’s doing, as does the rest of the band. The antics were priceless, and the entertainment factor was no joke. I just would have liked to have heard what I paid for. Even the Joy Formidable singer stormed off stage pissed at the lack of crowd response, which was due to not really hearing the music.

my hero

November 9th, 2011
10:53 am

Muddy sound aside, this was a phenomenal show. (”Foonomenal”-nice one, Krystal!) Missed Joy Formidable, thanks to getting a late start from Smyrna, but a friend assured me we didn’t miss much. Love me some Social D, though I must say I enjoyed them more a couple years back in Memphis when I was right up front. Still, a solid set from those guys.

The Foos…well, they have been right near the top of my list since day one, and did not let me down. What energy! Taylor is a beast on the skins, and Dave really is a master at playing to the crowd…I wanna’ party with that guy! Nice set list too, hitting the newer tunes while still working in enough older stuff to keep me happy. (”This Is A Call” was awesome) Got home about 12:45, ears ringing, brain still buzzing from all the adrenalin and endorphins (and a few beers too), and plopped in bed with a smile on my face! Next morning at work though…not so much!

As far as the traffic, we exited 85N on 120W, just south of the Sugarloaf exit, and came up Meadow Church Road to Sugarloaf, which I think saved us some time getting there. Then purposely parked near the front so we could get out quickly later. (had to skirt around a few orange cones and one particularly authoritative parking guy to do this!) It made for a longer walk to the venue, but beat the heck out of sitting in traffic after the show!

allmusic

November 9th, 2011
4:32 pm

What a mindblowing group of talent, such is the case with Dave and team. I’ve seen many concerts, Section 106 was perfect, sight and sound – pretty amazing rock concert you just don’t get anymore. As far as commute, we live near the Arena, so I was on a slower autopilot than usual crawling home, no big d. We’ll do it again next chance they come our way, cause we’re “Foo Fighter People”. My teenage son who is an aspiring musician was mesmerized and we all left inspired that such a unique group of guys could all come together to rock out in such a way, and remember they did it again in Charlotte, NC last night. Bravo. Enough said.

KJ

November 9th, 2011
6:51 pm

Could have listened to them play all night……even if they were tapping spoons and whistling their melodies……waited years to see them live…..best live show I’ve ever been to…….See you at the Masquerade…………..Surprised light rays weren’t coming out of my eyes the way the music lit up my brain. Thank you Foo Fighters for the time of my life.

Daniel

November 9th, 2011
10:35 pm

I have been a huge fan since the seventh grade. I’m 17 years old and as of monday I can become part of the “Foo Fighters People”. It. Was. Mindblowing.

Amy B

November 13th, 2011
7:13 pm

The sound at the St Louis show was SO much better. I drove 5 hrs for that show, flew 2 for the Gwinnett show. I am THE BIGGEST Foo Fan! But the first 5 songs were bad. Once the songs got less heavy it was AMAZING!! THE BEST ever.. I love the Foo – top notch over all concerts I have seen. Traveling from venue to venue cannot be easy, BUT they should have sound checked more possibly?? love you dave….

Amy B

November 13th, 2011
7:15 pm

Sorry, forgot to mention that Dave was absolutely amazing. Taylor is a GOD!! Nate, Chris and PAt are soo talented and passionate about what they do.. No disappointment there at all. Just sound issues vary..

spankmoo

November 14th, 2011
2:59 pm

One of the BEST shows I’ve ever been to! I was right in the front! The sound was not the best there but I didn’t care….the Foo Fighters but on such an energized show! I was bouncing all over the place with everyone else SCREAMING the songs as loud as I could! :) I was the one that made the ‘We Are Foo Fighters People’ sign and was stunned that Dave even mentioned it before going into ‘Times Like These’! He got it right….because that crowd kicked some major ass! Definately an awesome moment for me! I also drove to the Charlotte show the next night and I have to say…ATLANTA was way louder and more energized it seemed! Now we’ll see if Dave keeps his promise and comes back to play the Mascarade…in 2027?! LOL! A GREAT SHOW! I didn’t expect anything less from the Foos….or I wouldn’t have driven over 15 hours to see them! :) And I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

TKDgirl

November 14th, 2011
11:45 pm

Next time you go to a sold-out show at Gwinnett, park across the street at Kroger. And take Satellite to it – don’t go as far as Sugarloaf.
I will agree with the mix comments. Not enough melody, too much vocal and drums. But, that was one of the loudest shows I’ve ever been to and I’ve seen Metallica, Ozzy, and ACDC, etc. I think Godsmack was almost as loud. This was definitely the longest show rivalling Green Day at 2hrs 15 mins. Dave and Pat and Taylor – they were all great – so good to see Pat with them again. They most definitely appreciated the crowd. In fact, Grohl mentioned that we were loud as f’ing s’t. Was a great show!!! So glad to have seen them.