Last night, Foo Fighters kicked off their weeklong stint on Letterman where they will be performing a song each night that has had a hand in inspiring the band. Joined by Zac Brown last night, the group performed a cover of Black Sabbath’s War Pigs. Surprisingly, Brown almost stole the show.
In celebration of their first of five nights on the show, Dave Grohl also sat down with David Letterman to give fans a little more information about Sonic Highways. He revealed that Letterman’s people had a financial hand in getting this project off the ground, thus giving us all an explanation why the band chose his show out of all of their options – though it is also well known David Letterman has an undying love for all things Foo too. You can check both the performance and interview at the bottom of this article.
That appearance came just after news leaked that the newest Foo Fighters single is set to drop on Thursday. The track, Something from Nothing, will come directly from the album and show Sonic Highways. The song has been featured in one of many trailers leading up to this point. While it is not yet clear which episode the track will come from, it is likely to follow the order of the episodes, with the first being Chicago.
And speaking of Chicago…
The band will be playing a premiere show this Friday, in conjunction with the first HBO episode of Sonic Highways. A press release from the group’s PR folks, had this to say:
Dave, Taylor, Nate, Chris, and Pat will take the stage at Chicago’s The Cubby Bear at midnight on Friday, October 17 immediately following a screening of the premiere episode. The show will feature the first ever in-concert performance of the new single “Something from Nothing” from the band’s forthcoming album..
The premiere episode takes place in Chicago and prominently features The Cubby Bear, a small club with huge personal significance to Grohl, who saw his first punk rock show at the venue – an event that set him on his life’s path.
Grohl gave a great story at his SXSW keynote address about his introduction to punk rock while visiting family in Chicago, where he spun his first bootlegs and attended a Naked Raygun show at The Cubby Bear. It only seems fitting to go full circle. This event leaves some fans with questions, though. Will each episode have a not-so-secret show in its corresponding town, or is the premiere just a special occasion? Also, will the band play any new songs, or just stick to Something from Nothing?
It’s hard to say with these guys, but it’s worth sticking around to find out.
If you’re in Chicago, you can rush to grab tickets this Wednesday at 10am here. Keep in mind, the show is 21+, there is a non-transferable two ticket limit, and all tickets are held at will call with strict ID enforcement…so no scalping! If, like most fans, you don’t have the fortune of living in Chicago, you can watch a live stream of the event through the HBO Facebook. The show will also be archived.
As always, you can pre-order Sonic Highways in any shape, form, or fashion straight from the Foos themselves. Doing so, and not going through Amazon, will also warrant you a free gift!
The band was recently featured in the 40th anniversary show of Austin City Limits live with a cover of Roky Erickson’s Two Headed Dog (also attached at the end of this article) and they’re now releasing the song as a free treat to those who have pre-ordered the new album from their store. You’ll get the song via a flexi disc copy that will serve its purpose on any 45rpm turntable. Pre-order now.
Whew, that was a lot.
War Pigs cover:
Dave on Dave interview part one:
Two Headed Dog cover: