Straight from headlining at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, the Foo Fighters landed in Sunderland on Monday night to kick off their world tour.
Support act The Kaiser Chiefs did a sterling job getting the crowd warmed up for the main event with some of their best loved hits - from Every Day I Love You Less and Less to Ruby and I Predict A Riot - although it was their cracking rendition of Pinball Wizard which really got everyone pumped for the Foos.
And from the moment leading man Dave Grohl ran on stage right through to the final note two-and-a-half hours later, the stadium didn’t stop rocking.
From Everlong to Best Of You, the band were simply brilliant - they held the audience throughout the entire performance.
Grohl didn’t leave the stage once and when the band took a break we were treated to an unforgettable performance, just him and his guitar.
The atmosphere in the stadium was incredible - starting with the building of anticipation as it filled up and then cranking up the charge to fever pitch as the band did their thing.
After 20 years together you might expect them to be a well-oiled machine - and so they were - but the true joy was seeing a group of guys at the top of their game who clearly love to play and to perform - if they could have carried on all night I think they would have done.
This was not a band just playing their set. They were passionate and they were playing to entertain and to inspire. They were brilliant and their love of music was infectious - I can imagine them playing together in a garage with the same passion and enthusiasm.
This was my first Foo Fighters gig and I discovered several things: they are really loud, amazingly loud; they are very much loved - the crowd sang and cheered throughout the entire show; they love what they do; they are loved by all ages; the crowd has a favourite in drummer Taylor Hawkins - the stadium went wild when he was introduced; they are one of the greatest rock bands; their music is wonderfully infectious; they made the accordion sexy; and they made me wish I was in the mosh pit where all the action was, rather than in the comfy seats.
Their show was all about fantastic music - they don’t need anything flashy - although the moving central stage was an added treat. Grohl’s voice was perfection and it was a privilege to see them perform their magic.
Now I’m just left wondering when I will get to see them again - they have a long list of tour dates in front of them, so I will see what I can do.