Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters delighted the fans in a sold-out Verizon Center on Friday. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

But, Grohl explained to a capacity crowd at the Verizon Center on Friday night, “this is the first time I’ve sold out the big arena in my home town.” And he promised that the Foo Fighters would perform “every song that we know how to play.” They didn’t quite go that far, but they did deliver a three-hour set peppered with their strongest singles. 

The band beefed up its best tunes with expansive, guitar-solo-heavy arrangements, draw­ing out four-minute radio-ready nuggets such as “Monkey Wrench” into ecstatic crescendos. The extra space helped them work the room, supplying extra minutes for Grohl to bound across the stage like Ted Nugent in a fiery loincloth.