Monday, May 26, 2014

Dave Grohl previews new Foo Fighters album

Dave Grohl is sharing a preview of the forthcoming Foo Fighters album, due this fall.

Billboard reports the band visited eight American cities rooted in music -- Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C. -- where Grohl interviewed some of the musicians who helped shape those sounds and used each conversation as inspiration to write and record an original song for the album.

The sessions were filmed for a Grohl-hosted HBO series that will air in sync with the album’s release.

The record will include collaborations with Gary Clark Jr., Zac Brown, Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick and Eagles member Joe Walsh.

"As we were coming down from the success of the last record, I thought, 'Now we have license to get weird,' " says Grohl. "If we wanted, we could make some crazy, bleak Radiohead record and freak everyone out. Then I thought, 'F- that.' "

The goal, he adds, is to make stadium anthems that startle. Instead of just "banging out these big choruses, because that's what we do, we're banging them out in the middle of instrumental sections that will take you by surprise," he says. "The music is a progression or an evolution, for sure, but it's a Foo Fighters record."

While on the road making the album, Grohl and the Foo Fighters have recently played surprise shows in Washington and New Orleans, including a solo acoustic set by the guitarist in Nashville.

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