After standing her up the previous week when he’d promised to call the show, Dave spoke to Jo Whiley to coincide with ‘Wasting Light’ topping the UK album charts & here are the points of interest:
- Dave was out for dinner last week with Paul McCartney but didn’t mention Foo Fighters Beatles tribute at the David Letterman taping.
- Helen Mirren had men “falling at her feet” while taping SNL.
- After playing the barn of a tobacco farm as part of the Blackberry Garage Tour, Foo Fighters found out they were going to be #1 while sitting in a Chick-Fil-A.
- He doesn’t have a current favourite scary movie but said Amityville & Exorcist scarred him for life.
- Jo made him promise the band will play on the show next time they’re in the country.
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In this week’s NME…
The best Foo Fighters story you’ll ever read heads up the mag this week. Yes, the best. It’s not always been sweetness and light for the boys, as they confess all about the rows, the insecurities, and the spectre of Nirvana. And how Dave Grohl got Krist Novoselic to play on their amazing new album ‘Wasting Light’…
Esquire UK’s May issue has a short Q&A with Butch about his recent work on Wasting Light;
The man who produced Nevermind and the latest Foo Fighters album, Butch Vig, on driving cabs and making millions.
You are back with Dave Grohl and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic for the first time in two decades for this record. What was that like?
It was intense. Krist was guesting on the album and he’s standing there saying “Hey how’s it going?” My brain is going “Holy shit! We haven’t been in a room together for almost 20 years.” Dave opens up a bottle of wine, a friend had sent me a bottle of bootleg whiskey, we start sipping on that, and just sat down and told stories. We were there until about 2 in the morning. It was powerful, all those memories come flooding back
You recorded in Dave’s garage. Are times hard?
Dave set up a tent in the backyard so it was very much like being in the UK at a festival. His daughters would wander in whenever they felt like it. The environment is one of those things that you can’t always put your finger on, but it directly affects the performances and sound. Something about the loose vibe there really translated to the tracks: they weren’t uptight, they just played great.
Which was the hardest track to lay down?
The second to last song ‘I Should’ve Known’ which is one of my favourite songs on the record. Definitely the darkest – I don’t know exactly what the lyrics are about, but I think that Dave is channelling the ghost of Kurt Cobain in there.
Do you ever regret swap and your piano for that $60 drum kit?
No, but I do regret stopping piano lessons. I can still play the piano poorly, cords and melodies. But I wish I’d kept my chops up. As a producer its helpful to be able to quickly figure things out on piano or guitar when you’re working on an arrangement.
As a former cabbie to you ever give taxi drivers shit?
No, never. They are the unsung heroes of the urban environment.
Ian Winwood is less than enthusiastic about the latest offering:
Zoo magazine took a break from printing pictures of C-list celebrities in their underwear & reviewed Wasting Light:
Another of the UK’s music magazines has weighed in on ‘Wasting Light’:
Mojo magazine reviews ‘Wasting Light’ and gives it 4 out of 5: