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Foo Fighters & NME

June 24th, 2015 Comments off

The ‘NEXT WEEK’ page of NME’s last issue teased a Foo Fighters cover feature;

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But while the extensive Foo Fighters interview NME did a few weeks ago was Glastonbury-centric, they did cover a few other topics and so today’s issue does carry this piece:



NME took along a camera to the interview so while the planned cover feature & photoshoot won’t run, you can check out videos of the band talking Sonic Highways 2 , Dave’s teenage letter to FugaziWhat  to expect at the (later cancelled) Wembley shows and  Kanye’s headline slot at Glastonbury

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NME cover feature – Points of Interest

November 5th, 2014 Comments off

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As a way to mark the band’s 20th anniversary Dave considered re-recording the debut album:

At one point I thought ‘You know what would be funny? To re-record the first Foo Fighters record as the band we are now’ – cos the first record isnt the Foo Fighters it’s just me. So what if, for the 20th anniversary, we went in and re-recorded – same songs, same arrangements, in sequence – but as Foo Fighters 2014? Taylor was like, ‘Are you out of your fucking mind?! That’s the worst idea ever! People would fucking hate it!’ And Pat said, ‘That’s exactly why we should do it!’

Dont expect the band to perform the first album live though:

“I think that’s a shitty idea! I dont get why people do that. We’ve already written that one off.”

More Them Crooked Vultures is always a possibility (not so much Probot):

“I would love to make another Vultures record. I think our biggest hurdle is just a logistic one, that the three of us are all pretty busy. Yeah, I mean, I’m trying to think of things that I would revisit.  I get asked to do another Probot record all the time, but I can’t do it.  Those were my favourite singers.”

Headlining Glastonbury 2015?

“I mean, it’s an iconic festival,” smiles Grohl. “Yeah, I just tell everyone if they need a band, we’re pretty good. they should give us a call. See what happens.”


You can preview/order/download the issue from later today here:

December ’14 Q feature – points of interest

October 24th, 2014 Comments off

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The newest issue of Q hits newstands on Tuesday & carries a 9 page feature on the band by Keith Cameron (who’s been interviewing Dave since the Nirvana days) with pics by Ross Halfin.

The bulk of interviews took place during the run of  Holy Shits gigs in London, so thanks to HBO embargoes the band found themselves unable to talk as freely about the series as they’d like, despite that it’s still a great read.  Here are the points I found of most interest:


  • Dave is planning on a 20th anniversary re-enactment of Foo Fighters first tour supporting Mike Watt.  Visiting the same venues and insisting the band will even use the same tiny van.
  • The Seattle Sonic Highways track ‘Subterranean’ is in Taylor’s words “Dark and sad, it’s about the end of something.” and contains the lines “I’ve been diggin’ in down inside/Nothing left within, I’ve been mined” and “You might think you know me but I know damn well you don’t.”
  • Chicago, Seattle, and Washington DC were chosen as venues for Sonic Highways due to the band’s personal history with the cities, while Nashville, Austin and New Orleans were chosen because the band have no connection to them.  LA was a no-brainer as the band all live there but Dave’s original plan changed and the pivotal figure in the episode is Pat Smear; “We walked around his old neighbourhood and he told me about going to see The Runaways… how he and Darby Crash met through a mutual speed dealer… chasing Freddie Mercury around the Sunset Marquis… his life is so extraordinary.”


You can download the issue or order a physical copy from Q’s website: and over the next few weeks Q will be uploading video interviews with the band at QThe


Foo Fighters ‘In The Studio’ feature – Q, November 2014

September 29th, 2014 Comments off

Q magazine’s November issue arrives on shelves tomorrow and inside is a small ‘In The Studio’ feature focusing on Sonic Highways:


Chris Shiflett talks to Kerrang!

September 18th, 2014 Comments off


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…

“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.”

“Yeah, we explored the cities, made friends and figured out where the good restaurants and coffee places were. It was great!”

“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.”

“Only Dave met Obama; we didn’t go this time. It was in a secure location – you’re not high-fiving the president (laughs)!”

“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!”

“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.”

Nate talks to NME about Sonic Highways

September 10th, 2014 Comments off

As a band fronted by one of rock’s biggest polymaths, it’s no surprise that Foo Fighters are doing things a bit differently on their eighth album, ‘Sonic Highways’, which will be released on November 10.
Instead of just hitting a single studio and getting stuck in, Dave Grohl and co travelled to eight cities in the US, including Nashville, New Orleans, LA, New York, Chicago and Seattle, honing in on the story of a local studio and then recording a song there alongside local legends such as the Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The stunt will be made into a documentary series, to be released before the album, in which each episode ends with a finished song. The result is a rare, intimate and entertaining insight into the making of the record.

Nate Mendel

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“It was Dave’s idea,” Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel tells NME. “I think there’s a pretty clear line of inspiration from the Sound City documentary he made last year. It’s time to start to think about ways to make an album more interesting than just a grouping of songs. That’s really important to our band and probably for anybody who is serious about producing music now. You’ve got to be creative.”

You visited eight studios to make new album
‘Sonic Highways’. Which were your favourites?
Nate: “The most perspective-altering experience for everyone was New Orleans. It’s not really a rock’n’roll city at all. People just do not give a shit about rock music there. So instead of trying to create that out of thin air, we went and recorded at this Preservation Hall Jazz Band venue right in the heart of the French Quarter. It was a total education playing with this huge collective of jazz musicians who are part of a larger culture that’s unique to that town. Being there even just for a week really brought the city to life [for me] in a way that I’d never seen before.”

You recorded a track in each city. Did the
songs take on the character of each location?
“That was the idea. We wrote the bulk of the songs back in Los Angeles, so it was more a matter of experiencing each place,
learning about the studio and then bringing in guest musicians. In Seattle we had Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie; in the desert outside Los Angeles it was Joe Walsh from the Eagles for a classic southern California feel – and, sure enough, suddenly our song has layers of ‘Hotel California’ in it. That’s where the local character came from.”

What was the weirdest studio you went to?
“Chicago was cool because Steve Albini runs his Electrical Audio studio like an autobody workshop. They dress in overalls. He very much looks at it as a craft. He’s detailed about how it was constructed, and really gets into the science of sound. It’s like, to him, the music that’s put out in the end is secondary to the scientifc experiment of how sound operates within a physical structure.”

Did any musicians take you out on the town?
“Ben Jafe, who runs the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, took us all over New Orleans. The coolest thing was on a Sunday morning, we
were drinking beer and watching a parade.”

How does ‘Sonic Highways’ difer from your previous albums?
“They’re fairly straightforward Foo Fighters songs and almost every one of them takes a left turn and goes of on some psychic
odyssey with the guest musician in the middle. Sometimes there’s an awkward transition back into the song. You catch on with a few of them, where we go ‘oh fuck!’ and we’re back into the final chorus. There are a few elements that are looser than traditional Foo Fighters moments.”

How did the diferent studios and cities inspire Dave Grohl’s lyrics?
“Dave took a creative leap on this one and decided to incorporate into his lyrics things that actually happened in the cities, and
conversations he had with the various musicians. So ‘I Am A River’ was inspired by the fact that under one of the studios we
found there was an actual physical river. ‘Something From Nothing’ was inspired by Buddy Guy’s story of moving up from the South, not a button to his name, moving to Chicago as a young blues guy, meeting Muddy Waters right of the bat, being the young buck in town and making his way in the blues scene there and becoming a legend after walking into town without shit. The song ‘Congregation’ was a play on how a lot of the folks in the Nashville country music scene came together in church, in a sort of gospel environment, to learn their craft.”

Any plans to tour the album?
“We’re planning on doing a pretty unique and cool idea for our 20th anniversary. It’s something that’ll be fucking cool – plus all of the usual things like festivals.”

NME review Sound City

February 13th, 2013 Comments off

From today’s issue of NME.  Click below to read:

Rolling Stone – ‘What’s Next For The Foo Fighters?’

December 8th, 2012 Comments off

The lead news piece in the latest issue of Rolling Stone (1172) asks ‘What’s Next For The Foo Fighters?’ and Dave gets on the phone to answer:

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Dave Grohl #12 in NME’s Cool List

November 23rd, 2011 Comments off

NME’s annual Cool List is published today and Dave Grohl is #12.  Which according to the tastemakers at NME makes him half as cool as Lana Del Ray (#6), way cooler than Liam Gallagher (#50), not quite as cool as Arctic Monkey’s drummer Matt Helder (#9) but slightly cooler than Artic Monkey’s Alec Turner (#14).  WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?  Well, nothing – but here’s the piece:

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