“We always come back to the Black Cat,” said Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters on Friday night at their sold-out show. The lucky 750 folks who’d stood on line for hours for tickets (or had some very generous friends) were treated to three hours of music that included multiple cover songs, a loving first chorus of “Up in Arms” dedicated to “my love Dante” (Black Cat owner Dante Ferrando), a lesson on how to “chop” dance by locals RDGLDGRN during “Monkey Wrench,” and the first live performance of “Feast and the Famine,” the band’s new song from the D.C. episode of Sonic Highways.
Here are some things we learned about the Foo Fighters during the show:
1. Guitarist Pat Smear only drinks champagne.
2. Drummer Taylor Hawkins has mind-bending stamina.
3. Word has it that the Black Cat is the smallest venue the Fighters have played in 11 years. And that venue, 11 years ago, was also the Black Cat.
4. Grohl signed a piece of wood at the Hirshhorn’s Sonic Highways screening. Turns out it was from his house in Virginia. The owner of said piece of wood was a realtor, standing in the front row at the show. (See video.)
5. Grohl has a deep love of classic rock, instilled in him by Springfield, Va. keg parties. The band played “Stiff Competition” by Cheap Trick, “Breakdown” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, “Miss You” by the Rolling Stones, “Under Pressure” by David Bowie and Queen, “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” by Van Halen, and the threat of “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor.
6. Hour two of a Foo Fighters show is when the crazy things happen. “Usually the first hour we get warmed up—-then shit gets kinda weird,” said Grohl before going into the set of cover songs.
7. Grohl drives a minivan and packs his kids’ lunches.
See more photos from the show in the gallery.
Due to a reporting error, an original version of this post misidentified the original performer of “Eye of the Tiger.” It was Survivor, not Loverboy.