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Chris Shiflett talks to Kerrang!

September 18th, 2014 Comments off

THE WEEK THE FOOS TOOK OVER
INTIMATE SHOWS, A RUN OF WEMBLEY DATES AND… OBAMA?! FOO FIGHTERS STRIKE BACK! 

Last week saw the Foo Fighters return to the UK… and what a return – holy shit! Or should that be The Holy Shits?
Under their alter ego, the Foos crammed themselves into Brighton’s Concorde 2 for the sweatiest gig of all time, blasted the fresh paintwork off London’s House Of Vans and totalled the Islington Assembly Hall. Not content with all that and playing the Olympic Park, Dave Grohl also called the smaller shows a “chance to see [fans’] faces before we play that week at Wembley Stadium”. That’s a potential week of Foos Wembley shows in 2015!
And, just as exciting as that, new album Sonic Highways’ November 10 release is looming ever closer. Yet still all we know about the record is what we’ve seen in a star-studded, three and-a-half-minute trailer for the accompanying HBO documentary series (hello, Obama, Dolly Parton, Pharrell and loads of others).
So, in the midst of their week that rocked the UK, we hung out with Foos guitarist Chris Shiflett to talk about the new album, billed by Dave Grohl himself as “a love letter to the history of American music” and the coast-to-coast journey they took to make it…

HI, CHRIS! HOW DID THE CONCEPT OF RECORDING IN EIGHT DIFFERENT CITIES START?
“Dave [Grohl] had that idea; what evolved was how many cities. We were even planning Europe, South America – we wound up sticking to the States.”

DID YOU GET TO KNOW ANY OF THE PLACES YOU VISITED?
“Yeah, we explored the cities, made friends and figured out where the good restaurants and coffee places were. It was great!”

WAS RECORDING THE TRACKS ON LOCATION A LOT OF PRESSURE, THEN?
“It never felt like that. Dave would write the lyrics the day before, based on his time in the city and the interviews that he did.”

THE TRAILER FOR THE ALBUM’S HBO DOC IS AMAZING – DID YOU ALL MEET OBAMA?
“Only Dave met Obama; we didn’t go this time. It was in a secure location – you’re not high-fiving the president (laughs)!”

SO, HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THE HBO EPISODES YET?
“Yeah. the HBO show is turning out really fascinating. Being on the show will make it so even people like my mum’s friends will know the Foos!”

YOU’RE STILL BREAKING NEWGROUND ON ALBUM EIGHT…
“Yep. Every time we put out an album I think to myself, ‘How are we going to top that?’ Maybe next time we’ll record in a city all over the world.”

Foo Fighters tell NME about their 3 secret club gigs

September 17th, 2014 Comments off

dgnmesecretgigs“Please let me be your plus one!” cries a desperate fan by the guestlist queue as hundreds of ticketless neck-craners gather outside
Brighton’s Concorde 2 venue, struggling to get a glimpse of The Holy Shits. Their singer, one David Grohl, spotting them from the stage, thinks there’s “like, 2,000 people trying to listen to the show” and suggests, “I’d rather be out there than in here, motherfuckers, it is hot as shit.”
The Holy Shits, of course, are none other than Foo Fighters, who kicked of the first of a handful of UK club shows in advance of their headline set at the Invictus Games Olympic Park show on Sunday (September 14) with a hot and sweaty gig at the Brighton venue. After this show, they travelled to London’s House Of Vans and Islington Assembly Hall on a mission to “play gigs like this pretty much every night we’re here until we have to go home,” yells Grohl from the stage.
We caught up with the band to find out how this mini tour came about…
You haven’t played in this country for over two years. What made you decide to start of with some smaller shows?
Dave Grohl (vocals): “Well, when we decided to come over and do the Invictus Games closing ceremony, I thought, ‘God, we haven’t even been [in the UK] in for so long, we’re only just going to do one show?’ So I thought we really needed to fill up the week with some club gigs. So we picked three little venues and started rehearsing.”
How did you choose the setlist?
Dave: “We just blasted out as many songs as we could in rehearsal – things that we don’t normally play came up. And so the setlist was a lot of stuf from the first and second records that we don’t normally do. It was great. More than anything we just miss playing. It’s been a while. We’ve been making this record for the past year, but we’ve only done maybe, like, three or four shows in, like, the past two or three years and we will enjoy doing this so it’s hard not to [choose old songs].”
Why did you pick Brighton for your return?
Nate Mendel (bass): “We’re doing a bunch of warm-up shows and we didn’t want to do them all in London. We played at the Concorde 2 before, when we put out ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace’ [in 2007].”
Why call yourselves The Holy Shits?
Taylor Hawkins (drums): “We did a show at Firefy Festival in Delaware in June. After the set we came out and did an encore as a cover band called The Holy Shits. It’s from that.”
What was it like to be back playing live again?
Pat Smear (guitar): “I like that point in the touring cycle where you haven’t played your songs in a long time so even a song like ‘Monkey Wrench’ you’re like, ‘Hang on, what’s that next chord?’ You really have to be on your toes. In a few months or whatever it’ll be a whole different thing. It was a mini glimpse into being on tour. I mean, we got on a bus – it’s been literally years since we were all on a bus, you know! It’s great.”

These Days video

January 31st, 2012 Comments off

The video, directed by Wayne Isham, is a ‘life on the road” clip. The song is the third single from Foo Fighters seventh album ‘Wasting Light’.

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Foo Fighters to play iTunes festival in London

April 13th, 2011 Comments off

Foo Fighters will again be visiting the UK as they join the bill for the iTunes Festival 2011 and play on 11th July at the Roundhouse, Camden, London.

Tickets are free for competition winners – further details at http://www.itunesfestival.com Each live performance will be recorded and sold exclusively on iTunes

Dave Grohl said,
“We are really excited to do the iTunes Festival in July and to perform at the
legendary Roundhouse. And the fact that it’s going to be broadcast to so many
people is really exciting, because making music is more about the audience than
the band sometimes. I feel like the opportunities we have to reach out to more
people through technology is a wonderful thing; to see the world get together
and experience music, live”.

Download the official iTunes Festival App for the definitive guide to the iTunes
Festival, a chance to win tickets and to watch a selection of streamed gigs
live. Lucky winners will have their tickets delivered directly to their iPhone,
iPod touch and iPad. The iTunes Festival app is now available for free
from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad at
http://www.itunes.co.uk/appstore/

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Foo Fighters to headline Radio One’s Big weekend

March 30th, 2011 Comments off

They last played in Sunderland back in 2005, but they’re headlining the UK’s biggest free music event again on Saturday May 14th in Carlisle.

Get the full line-up and more details over on Radio One’s website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend/2011/lineup/

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Foo Fighters hit 80 U.S. theaters on April 5 with live concert and documentary

March 10th, 2011 Comments off

LATimes reports:

The Foo Fighters and “Wasting Light” are coming to a theater near you.

On April 5, the band will perform a live concert that will reach more than 80 U.S. theaters — a presentation that will follow screenings of the new documentary “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth,” directed by Oscar-winner James Moll (“The Last Days”).

The Foo Fighters will play their seventh studio album, “Wasting Light,” front-to-back during the tie-in performance, which comes a week before that new collection hits stores on April 12.

The participating theaters will be announced by Cinedigm, a player in the alternative programming sector (sporting events and concerts, shorts, cartoons, live Q&A’s, etc.) now reaching movie theaters more frequently.

The Foo Fighters documentary, produced by Nigel Sinclair (“No Direction Home: Bob Dylan,” “Amazing Journey the Story of the Who”), will also air April 8th as a “VH1 Rock Doc” on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia.

The documentary culminates with the making of “Wasting Light,” which finds the band going back to basics by recording entirely on analog tape and (literally) in the garage of Dave Grohl, the former Nirvana drummer who launched the Foo Fighters as a one-man project in 1994.

“Wasting Light” is the band’s first full-length effort with Butch Vig, the producer known for Nirvana’s landmark “Nevermind.” That signature Seattle chapter of Grohl’s life is also represented by the appearance of Krist Novoselic as one of the special guests in “Back and Forth.”

Ross Halfin pics from Dingwalls

March 4th, 2011 Comments off

Longtime photographer of the band Ross Halfin was on hand to shoot the recent club show at Camden Dingwalls.

See more at Ross’s website HERE

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Kerrang! review of the Velvet Jones gig

February 9th, 2011 Comments off

Foo Fighters headline NME Big Gig 2011

January 17th, 2011 1 comment

Foo Fighters will headline the NME Awards Big Gig at London’s Wembley Arena on February 25.

Cee Lo Green, Band Of Horses and No Age are also on the bill for the event.

The gig is set to take place two days after the Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony, where Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will pick up the NME Godlike Genius award for 2011 (as covered HERE). Everyone who buys a ticket to the Wembley gig will get a free Dave Grohl ‘Godlike Genius’ magazine worth £4.99, available to pick up at the show.

Dave said:

“There’s nothing better than seeing that person with that instrument doing it right there in front of you, It’s the fuckin’ Foo Fighters! It’s the only way you’re really gonna get it.”

Cee Lo said:

“I’m so excited, man, any Cee Lo show is good, but Cee Lo and Foo Fighters… it’s going to be off the hook.”

When asked about covering ‘Darling Nikki’ with Foo Fighters in the past he teased;

“Dave is a friend and we spoke over the holidays, we’ll definitely cook up something for you guys.”

Ben Bridewell (Band of Horses) said:

“I’m a huge fan of everything Dave’s done from Nirvana to Them Crooked Vultures.  It’s an honour to play.”

Release date confirmed

January 2nd, 2011 Comments off

A newly issued press release has confirmed the release of the (still untitled) 7th  Foo Fighters album.  It’ll be in stores on April 11th (UK) & April 12th (US).

Here’s the press release in full:

FOO FIGHTERS TEASE SECOND SNIPPET OF NEW ALBUM AT http://www.foofighters.fm

APRIL 12 RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED

MORE LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED

http://foofighters.com/
http://www.facebook.com/foofighters
http://twitter.com/foofighters

With the recently leaked snippet of opener “Bridge Burning” having surpassed 500,000 plays in one week, Foo Fighters have now unleashed a second morsel of hard rock goodness from their upcoming seventh studio album, out April 12 on Roswell/RCA.

FF fans jonesing for another several seconds of new material should head posthaste to http://www.foofighters.fm and move the virtual tuner to 101.5 for this new taste.

The album received its first public airing at a surprise gig Friday, January 28 at the minuscule Velvet Jones club in Santa Barbara, where the band ripped through the entire record from start to finish–and followed up with a crushing live collection of greatest hits and rarely played deep cuts including “Wattershed” from the band’s self-titled 1995 debut.

In other live FF news, the band has announced its first U.S. show (so far) of 2011: a May 21 headlining appearance at the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. CST Wednesday, February 2, and will be available via http://Hangoutmusicfest.com or 888-512-SHOW. The show is the second of many domestic dates to be announced in an upcoming world tour, the first being a May 27 appearance at the Sasquatch! Festival in George, WA. Other recently announced FF dates abroad include headlining appearances at the UK’s Isle of Wight, the Netherlands’ PinkPop, Wulheide Stadium in Berlin, and numerous others across the UK and Europe including an already sold out 130,000 capacity July 2 & 3 headline “weekender” at the Milton Keynes Bowl in the UK.

Foo Fighters’ still untitled seventh album, produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder, was recorded entirely on analog tape in the garage of Dave Grohl’s home in California’s San Fernando Valley. The new record also marks the Foo Fighters’ first full length effort with legendary producer Butch Vig, who produced new tracks “Wheels” and “Word Forward” on 2009’s Greatest Hits and with whom Dave Grohl (of course) first worked on Nirvana’s classic Nevermind. Nirvana co-founder Krist Novoselic also makes a cameo, contributing bass and accordion to “I Should Have Known,” while former Nirvana touring guitarist and longtime extended FF family member Pat Smear now joins the permanent FF core of Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett

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