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European Festivals 2017 – speculation

November 7th, 2016 Comments off

Hi! It’s been a while since I updated the website, so why don’t I kick off with some idle speculation?

On Sunday the Foo Fighters Facebook/twitter/Instagram posted this map of Europe:

with Portugal highlighted in red

(with Portugal highlighted in red)

Shortly followed by this confirmation of a Portuguese date:

ffpassport_1

I’m guessing that this is just the first date in a 2017 Euro tour and the 2 passport pages will continue to be stamped in the same fashion (ie. a social media hint will be followed by later confirmation on www.FooFightersPassport.com).

As the NOS Alive stamp is on the top of the passport’s 2nd page I’m going to assume that dates preceding July 7th will be added to the 1st page, then dates after July 7th will added to the 2nd page.  But what could those dates be?  Well, as European Festival season is in full swing at that time, here are some of the most likely possibilities:

Where:
Glastonbury (UK)
When:
Fri 23rd June to Sun 25th June
Confirmed Headliners:
Radiohead (Fri)
Notes:
Dave’s broken leg meant Foo Fighters headline slot in 2015 had to be cancelled. At the time organiser Emily Eavis said: “I would love for them to come back. I really hope they can. Hopefully soon, I think it’ll probably be in a couple of years, but it would be brilliant to have them back.”
Could she be true to her word? Glastonbury takes a year off in 2018.

Where:
Open’er (Poland)
When:
Wed 28th June to Sat 1st July
Confirmed Headliners:
Radiohead (Wed)
Notes:
This festival shortly follows Glastonbury so will inevitably share a number of acts (as evidenced by Radiohead playing).

Where:
Rock Werchter (Belgium)
When:
Thu 29th June to Sun 2nd July
Confirmed Headliners:
Radiohead (Fri)
System of a Down (Sat)
Notes:
Dave’s leg injury also meant the band’s Thursday night headline slot at Werchter 2015 had to be cancelled. Could they now make up for that?

Where:
Mad Cool (Spain)When:
Thu 6th July to Sat 8th July
Confirmed Headliners:
[none]
Notes:
The festival’s website & twitter account are displaying a logo that looks suspiciously like the center of Foo Fighter’s double F logo (check it out).

There are a few more possibilities (including France) but I’ll add those tomorrow.

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It was 20 years ago today…

August 8th, 2015 128 comments

On August 8th 1995 while on holiday in Toronto I saw my first ever Foo Fighters gig at The Phoenix.  The show was sold-out well in advance of me arriving in Toronto in July, so I turned to an ad in the free listings magazine EYE and paid $60 for a $12 ticket. Not only was it my first Foo gig, but it was my first gig ever, so the whole thing was a weird blur hightened by the fact I was doing it alone in a strange country.

While reminiscing online about the gig in 2005 it turned out Adam the guy responsible for the gig poster lived a few streets away from my Aunt & not only that but he still had a copy of the poster which he kindly sent to her.

Anyway, here are some items from the concert:

My ticket

My ticket

Adam Swinbourne's poster for the show

Adam Swinbourne’s poster for the show

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Front Print of 1995 glow-in-the-dark alien shirt

1995 glow-in-the-dark alien shirt

Back Print of 1995 glow-in-the-dark alien shirt

Toronto Sun review

Toronto Sun review

Toronto Star review

Toronto Star review

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FooArchive Returns

May 1st, 2015 2 comments

For the past year or so I’ve neglected the website. I still posted the ocassional news item & tweet but I let the magazine transcripts stack up, but as today is the first day of a new month (and a month in which I’ll be seeing the band no less) so it seemed like as good a time as any to get back into it.

Over the coming months I’ll redesign the site entirely but until then I’ll get all of these articles sitting on my computer up online. Starting with…

Sonic Highways interviews
It Started With A Spark – American Way, Dec 2015
Land Of The Free, Home Of The Dave – Kerrang!, Dec 2014

Sound City interviews
Saint Dave Reveals All – NME, Mar 2013
Dave Grohl vs Rick Rubin – Dazed & Confused, Mar 2013

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Gig posters for upcoming Euro dates

May 1st, 2015 Comments off

Traditionally, Foo Fighters gigs in the UK don’t get screenprinted posters, but the upcoming UK/Euro dates will be getting prints by the folk at Jacknife Design.  The first of which (Sunderland) has been revealed:

jacknife1

The next few posters will also be inspired by 1970s comics and will individually showcase each member of the “Foo Fighters” shown on that team-up poster.

To see reveals of the upcoming posters follow them on twitter: @jacknifeprints
and instagram: @jacknifeprints

Once the prints are for sale they’ll be on sale in their store: http://jacknifeposters.bigcartel.com/

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Foo Fighter’s 8th LP rumour round-up

January 22nd, 2014 Comments off

On Monday Morning I tweeted the following piece from the latest issue of Billboard:

Unsubstansiated at the time but it’s certainly a grand enough idea to match up with what Dave was hinting at last year:

“I’ve a crazy idea of what I want to do with the next record and how we record it. It’s not conventional. It won’t be a conventional record.” – March, 2013

“Well, I’ll tell you, we have been in our studio writing and in the past few weeks we’ve written an album and we are going to make this album in a way that no-one’s ever done before and we’re pretty excited about it,” he admitted.
“It’s a little ways off – it’s not ready to happen right now but I think next year is going to be a really big year for the Foo Fighters without question.
“It’s going to be great, I can’t wait.” – August 2013

Since then weight has been given to the ’12 studios in 12 cities’ rumours after a flurry of FF activity in Chicago  – Nate caught a Diarrhea Planet/Yuck show, Taylor did some sightseeing, Dave rode the subway & the whole band got Pizza with Rick Nielsen.

But what about actual recording? Well, Butch Vig (Wasting Light’s producer) also happened to be in Chicago as was James Brown (Wasting Light’s engineer) who took this pic of Rami Jaffee photoboming him:

In what looks very much like Studio A of Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, (Bob Mould’s bassist also posted a pic to twitter in what looks like the studio) while Sound City’s producer Jim Rota has also on-hand with a camera crew (a post on Reddit said Dave was being filmed while on the CTA train).

So from Billboard’s “definites” list that’s Chicago covered, any hometown sessions in LA could have passed without word getting out, Robert Lang Studios in Seattle saw a visit from Dave last year – could that mean a session there?  Will the New York recording coincide with the band’s Superbowl gig on Feb 1st?  And could the suggestion that Nashville is another destination also be true?

Regardless.  It’s an exciting time for those of us desperate to hear new music – roll on LP#8.

Taylor talks Butch, Butch talks Sound City

May 9th, 2012 Comments off

The latest issue of Rhythm carries a Butch Vig cover feature and Taylor Hawkins is one of the artists who talk about their experience recording with Butch:

Butch also told the magazine about the Sound City project:

He was however a little less forthcoming on Jo Whiley’s show last night (May 8th), Jo tried to push him for the names of  the latest participents involved but he kept quiet saying he’d revealed too much in the past.  He did however say that Dave has already spoken to 150 of the artists who used the studio and the film looks scheduled for release in January/February 2013.

Ross Halfin pics from Golden God Awards

April 26th, 2011 Comments off

Ross Halfin was over in LA shooting the Golden God Awards & got the band to pose with the original Alice Cooper band.

For more pics visit: RossHalfin.com

Grohl looks back on Foo Fighters first tour

April 23rd, 2011 Comments off

‘Encore’ is Spin magazine’s regular feature where a photographer & their subject talk about a certain photo.  This month it’s Lisa Johnson & Dave Grohl talking about a shot from Foo Fighters first tour with Mike Watt.

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Dave Grohl; “I’m not on Michael Jackson’s album”

April 21st, 2011 Comments off

Q magazine asked Dave about his involvement with the posthumous Michael Jackson album;

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SXSW ‘Back and Forth’ interview round-up

March 18th, 2011 Comments off

Following the premier of ‘Foo Fighter: Back And Forth’ at SXSW the band met the press at Zilker Clubhouse to discuss the film & the upcoming album ‘Wasting Light’.

 

“I don’t tell Sony how to make fucking flat screens, so they shouldn’t tell us how to make rock records.” – Dave

The band talks about the discomfort of watching the documentary, desire for an “Avatar”-size release and Grohl’s (possible?) appearance in “The Muppets.”
Hollywood Reporter

 

I’ll tell you, the first record I made with the band, I couldn’t tell you how many of my guitar tracks actually made it on. I listen to that fuckin’ record, I don’t hear any. – Chris

Recording with Butch Vig, the open-ness of the documentary and the band’s upcoming ‘garage tour’ – Toronto Star