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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.”

Kerrang’s ‘Wasting Light’ review

April 6th, 2011 10 comments

Ian Winwood is less than enthusiastic about the latest offering:

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Kerrang! review of the Velvet Jones gig

February 9th, 2011 Comments off

Zakk Wylde hearts Dave Grohl

January 12th, 2011 Comments off

…well, not really.  Back in 2001 when Dave was mentioned in a Guitar World interview with Zakk, he had this to say;

“If I ever run into Dave Grohl, I’m gonna kick his fuckin’ ass, because I think he sucks, and he wrote this cheese-dick song for Ozzy that I have to fuckin’ play on, and I’ll never forgive him for that. Foo Fighters is a fuckin’ candy-ass girl band, but you’ve got that motherfucker submitting songs, too. I mean, none of these guys could play a Randy Rhoads solo if they tried. Dave Grohl? Fuck Dave Grohl! Let him get up there and play Mr. Crowley; he can’t fuckin’ do it! and it’s like, you’re getting this guy to write songs for Ozzy? Just because he played drums for fucking Shitvana?”

A few years later in 2004 when Dave was plugging Probot, he was asked about Zakk’s quote and (ever the diplomat) he replied:

“I can understand.  If I were Zakk Wylde…  He’s an amazing guitar player, there’s no question about it, the guy’s an incredible guitar player. If my singer wanted other people to write the songs, I’d be fucking pissed too.  I’d be really pissed off, I’d be like, ‘Wait a second, I can write music.  Why are you asking someone else?’  So I understand why he’s pissed off.”

Now, fast forward to 2011 and Zakk is the contestant in this week’s Kerrang! Quiz.

Now, isn’t that nice?

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Dave to appear in the new Muppets movie

December 15th, 2010 Comments off

From today’s Kerrang!:

Upcoming magazine covers.

November 6th, 2009 Comments off

This Wednesday (November 11th) will see Dave grace the cover of both NME and Kerrang!

NME

NME

NME is running an exclusive interview with Them Crooked Vultures to promote their debut released the following week.

Kerrang!

Kerrang!

Kerrang! meanwhile is promoting Foo Fighters Greatest Hits by asking Dave to take a look back over his career, as well as finding out his future plans.

Greatest Hits – Reviews Round-Up

October 29th, 2009 Comments off

Kerrang! - “Far too vital to be nostalgia.”
“Wheels might only be a mid-paced radiorock  staple, but Word Forward snaps into life with spittle and swearing that reduces fears that they’re settling into a comfort zone with age.”
5/5

Q – “Testemony to Grohl’s intuitive ear for naive melody and an artisan’s dedication to crafting the perfect aural snack.”
“Word Forward is regulation written to order.  But Wheels is something else: a glossy slice of bittersweet country rock choogle that is so similar to Tom Petty’s  Learning to Fly it must be the result of a gentleman’s agreement.”
4/5