Dave Grohl's outsized personality and genuine charm have allowed him to easily escape the vast shadow cast by Nirvana in order to forge his own musical path with Foo Fighters. And while Grohl has become an affable, energetic frontman in his own right since leaving his trusty drum kit behind, the band would always be thought of as an offshoot if their songs weren't so strong. Grohl and his gang of Foos have crafted an impressive back catalog filled with anthemic, affecting numbers that seem to be born for stadium singalongs, and the fact that Grohl appears to be having the time of his life each time he steps onstage injects his rousing songs and spirited performances with a natural exuberance that proves to be impossible for his fans to resist. This stop in St. Paul should only add to the long list of great local shows that Grohl has been a part of over the last 20 years. With Rise Against and Mariachi El Bronx.
Wed., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., 2011