Foo Fighters Christen The Atlantis in D.C. With One Hell of an Opening Night

The evening featured a Scream reunion, a rare performance of "New Way Home," and a tribute to Foghat

Foo Fighters at The Atlantis
Foo Fighters at The Atlantis, photo by Alex Young

    Dave Grohl returned to his old stomping grounds in Washington, DC on Tuesday to help christen The Atlantis, a new 450-person capacity replica venue of the original 9:30 Club. Grohl’s Foo Fighters had the honors of becoming the first band to take the stage at The Atlantis, and they turned in a thrilling 22-song, two-hour performance.

    Appropriately, the concert kicked off with Grohl reuniting with Pete Stahl, his old bandmate in the DC hardcore band Scream. Together, they covered the Bad Brains song “At The Atlantis.” From there, Foo Fighters launched into a set primarily consisting of greatest hits — plus a few more surprises.

    After dedicating Foo Fighters’ performance of “Break Me” to Foghat, Grohl managed to work in a few lines from “Slow Ride.” He welcomed his daughter, Violet Grohl, to sing on “Shame Shame” and “Rope,” and invited friend and 9:30 Club owner Seth Hurwitz to drum on “Big Me.” Later, in a nod to the band’s early days, Grohl dusted off “New Way Home,” which had only been played twice since 2011.


    Throughout the show, Grohl reflected on his days as a teenager attending punk shows at the original 9:30 Club. He waxed poetic about playing there with Scream and Nirvana, but lamented that Foo Fighters never had the opportunity prior to the venue closing in 1995.

    With a room full of friends, Grohl was in an especially jovial mood. He repeatedly singled out individual audience members, and thanked the entire crowd for giving Foo Fighters the strength to carry on following the tragic passing of drummer Taylor Hawkins last year. A performance of “Aurora,” which was dedicated to the late Foo Fighters drummer, was another highlight of the evening.

    Grohl’s vocals were in fine form throughout the show, but really came alive during “All My Life” and “Best of You.” It should also come as no surprise, but Freese was an absolute beast behind the kit and made his presence felt on songs like “Rope” and “Monkey Wrench.”


    Lastly, a quick note on The Atlantis: it’s awesome. The sound is pristine, the lighting is top-notch, and there are good sightlines throughout the entire venue.

    Check out video of the show and the full setlist below.

    After recently headlining Boston Calling and Sonic Temple, Foo Fighters’ upcoming tour itinerary includes festival appearances at BonnarooLouder Than LifeAustin City Limits, and Riot Fest, as well as headlining dates with support from The Breeders. Tickets to all of their shows are available here. Their new album, But Here We Are, arrives on June 2nd.

    Foo Fighters’ The Atlantis Setlist:

    At The Atlantis (Bad Brains Cover) (with Scream’s Peter Stahl)
    This Is a Call
    No Son of Mine
    Learn to Fly
    The Sky Is a Neighborhood
    Times Like These
    Under You
    The Pretender
    My Hero
    I’ll Stick Around
    All My Life
    Shame Shame (with Violet Grohl)
    Rope (with Violet Grohl)
    Big Me (with Seth Hurwitz)
    Monkey Wrench
    New Way Home
    Best of You

    Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly asserted that Grohl never played the original 9:30 Club. He did in fact play at the venue with Scream and Nirvana.

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