Thursday, December 20, 2018

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 8: FOO FIGHTERS

As part of the 2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the daily news site is counting down the Top 10 Rock News Artists of the past year.

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The 2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be announced on Thursday, December 27.

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Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 8 – FOO FIGHTERS

The Foo Fighters continued a world tour in support of their ninth album, “Concrete And Gold”, in January with live dates in New Zealand and Australia, where they were joined by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo for a classic KISS cover in Melbourne.

During the shows down under, the Foos’ 2017 single, “Run”, was named the winner in the Best Rock Song category at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York on January 28, and the following month they added “International Group Of The Year” honors to their collection during an appearance at the 2018 Brit Awards in London, UK.

More live shows followed across South and North America in the spring before the Foo Fighters hit Europe during summer festival season for some high-profile gigs; the group were joined by Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan for a performance of the 1987 Guns N’ Roses classic, "It’s So Easy", during the Foos headlining set at the Firenze Rocks Festival in Florence, Italy on June 14.

The band returned to North America in July for the final leg of the Concrete And Gold tour, where they mixed arena and amphitheater dates with stadium gigs, including multiple nights at Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

The shows delivered some more surprise guest appearances for fans, including Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith in Wantagh, NY, Joe Walsh at Fenway Park, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen at Wrigley Field, and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic at Seattle’s Safeco Field.

In August, Dave Grohl released a film project and recording called “Play” that saw the rocker perform seven instruments during the live recording of a solo 23-minute composition.

Grohl teamed up with music gear site Reverb to launch a charity auction in October inspired by “Play”, where fans could bid on brand-new instruments that mirror the ones used in the recording, with funds going to benefit several organizations that make it possible for young musicians to learn and grow.

After the Foos wrapped up the world tour in October, Grohl would go on to deliver the debut live performance of “Play” at Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam 30 benefit concert in Asheville, NC on December 8.

The band will return to action next month as part of an all-star lineup of rockers set to honor late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell at the concert event “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell”, set to take place at The Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 16.

See also:

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2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards announced
The Eagles sweep the 2017 hennemusic Rock News Awards
AC/DC sweep the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen and KISS top the 2015 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen sweep 2014 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen and Pearl Jam top the 2013 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen dominate the 2012 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen win two hennemusic Rock News Awards
Guns N’ Roses named hennemusic’s Rock News Artist of The Year
Jimmy Page’s 2011 plans named hennemusic’s Rock News Story Of The Year