Staff Photo: Jason Braverman A sold-out crowd cheers for the Foo Fighters as they take the stage Monday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
The Foo Fighters perform on Nov. 7 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
DULUTH -- On Monday night, the Arena at Gwinnett Center was invaded by Foo Fighter fanatics. Girls made T-shirts that said "Woo Hoo Foo," tailgaters blasted the group's music before the show and everyone was raving about the band's 2011 album, "Wasting Light."
The new album was recorded on an analog tape in lead singer Dave Grohl's garage in California's San Fernando Valley. The group wanted to bring the music back to the basics without the help of computers or expensive software.
"It's their best album ever," Barrett Crawford of Roswell said. "The coolest part is that they had to do it old school. When they would do a take and make a mistake, they would have to re-do it again. There's no audio fix to their sound so it's them playing right where they were."
Other attendees agreed 100 percent with Crawford.
"The entire album, from start to finish, is awesome," Curt McFee of Smyrna said. "They didn't need any computers -- every song sounded great."
Some people were not only pumped about the new album, they were ecstatic about the whole show because they adore everything the Foo Fighters produce. The group has a long discography beginning in 1995 with songs like "Everlong," "My Hero" and "Learn to Fly."
"You know how there are epic albums that hit you during specific times in your life? That you know every song and lyric," Carmen Collins of Atlanta said. "Two of their albums are mine. I feel like there is a perfect blend of grunge and some good sensitive lyrics to go with it."
Among the Foo flood, there were small batches of devoted Social Distortion -- or Social D -- concert goers.
"Foo who?" one random bystander said. "We're here for Social Distortion. We're old school."
The punk rocking Social Distortion was the second opening act at the concert. They are better known for hits like "Ball and Chain," "Story of My Life" and a cover of Johnny Cash's classic "Ring of Fire."
A little after 9 p.m., the Foo Fighters took the stage, opening with "Bridge Burning" off of the new album. The crowd exploded in the arena, belting out every lyric.
Grohl didn't stop as he and the band went into "Rope," and then "The Pretender" and "My Hero."
British rock group The Joy Formidable opened the concert.