Sonic Highways is out November 10th, and the Foo Fighters news has been pretty nonstop. In order to save you from too many posts about different chunks of information, we decided to consolidate all of your Foo Fighters news into one piece. So here goes…
The band has put out four new songs from Sonic Highways following their first release, Something from Nothing. The tune that came next is called Feast and the Famine – a chorus, heavy rocker, recorded in Washington, DC. The one to follow is dubbed Congregation – a less intense, but almost nostalgic song, recorded in Nashville. Next came a surprising live BBC performance of Outside – the song recorded at Rancho de la Luna last spring. And finally, came What Did I Do?/God As My Witness – the two-part song born from Austin, featuring a solo from Gary Clark, Jr. which really steals the show. We think they’re all pretty good, but you can make that decision for yourself by listening to each song at the bottom of this roundup.
Following with the DC thread, we’ll move on to the most recent piece of news. The band announced a huge 20th anniversary blowout celebration on Monday that will take place on July 4th at the home of the DC United, RFK Stadium. The decorated flier details all of the excitement for the day, including a motorcycle rally, performances from Buddy Guy, Heart, Gary Clark Jr, Joan Jett, and Dave Grohl’s BBQ skills. According to a press release, all tickets will be general admission, stadium seating included. You can check out the full lineup for that below and order tickets here beginning Saturday, 11/8 at 10am EST.
The band also recently announced a massive show at Wrigley Field over Labor Day weekend. Doors will open at 3pm for a Chicago-sized celebration, opened up by Naked Raygun, Cheap Trick, and Urge Overkill. If you want to sport a Cubs-themed Foo Fighters t-jersey, you can pick one up before the show. That might be a good consolation prize considering how quickly the show sold out, though you can always get tickets on StubHub…unfortunately. The Foos have been having bad luck with scalpers at their recent club shows and Wrigley was no different. Regardless, we wish you the best of luck obtaining tickets.
If you’re both a fan and a SiriusXM subscriber, the band will be taking over the Lithium channel (channel 34) for their own Foo Fighters Radio until November 16th. According to a press release, the channel will include “rock from the Foo Fighters two-decade career, their new album Sonic Highways and from the artists that inspired it. Plus get the stories behind the songs from Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett & Pat Smear.”
Speaking of press promotion, the band also made two different 60 Minutes appearances in the last couple of weeks. Their first guest spot was on the US 60 Minutes program, featured in a news package from Anderson Cooper. The journalist visited the Foos on their trip to New Orleans this past summer, chronicling not only their stop in Louisiana, but also their Sonic Highways journey to come. What CBS couldn’t fit into 12 minutes, they put into their bonus clips which you can find here. Just one week later, 60 Minutes Australia paid Grohl a visit at the band’s Studio 606. Their package was much more personal and less serious than Cooper’s work. No bonus clips came from down under, but the dedicated Foo Fighters Columbia fan group provided a full YouTube upload of their segment; if you can sit through subtitles, you can enjoy both the US and Australian features.
Finally, here’s the list of the remaining cities to appear on the HBO series Sonic Highways. It appears that the band has been performing intimate shows in each respective city, following a screening of that week’s episode of Sonic Highways. Nashville in particular got a Halloween treat as the band donned King Diamond-esque corpse paint at the Ryman Theater.
Some cities such as Nashville and Austin have also been lucky enough to receive special, secret episode screenings the night before their gigs, which precede an intimate Q&A session with the band’s frontman. This week’s Austin show has already been announced in the form of an Austin City Limits taping The Moody Theater, tickets only available through raffle. Though, it is now worth noting that due to an unplanned emergency – widely rumored to be Taylor Hawkins’ wife ready to deliver the newest addition to their family – the Texas date has been rescheduled. They posted the following message on their various social media platforms:
Due to a family matter, Foo Fighters regrettably must postpone Friday’s appearance in Austin for their Sonic Highways screening and Austin City Limits taping.
The band sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and promises to make it up when they return to Austin on Thursday, November 20th, 2014. All passes for the original engagement will be honored.
Tonight’s Sonic Highways preview screening will go on as scheduled.
But the show will go on: If you are a Foo Fighters fan and live in any of the cities listed below, prepare to pick up tickets. Until this week, the trend was Tuesday show announcements, Wednesday morning ticket buying, new song on Thursday, and a show on Friday. The ticket buying process has varied per city, but this has been a system we’re assuming the band is likely to stick to if this recent family matter doesn’t switch anything up. Keep your eyes peeled.
11.14 – Los Angeles
11.20 – Austin (rescheduled)
11.21 – New Orleans
11.28 – Seattle
12.5 – New York
And to save one small side note for last, because we know a lot of you might care for Grohl only when he sits behind a kit while facing Josh Homme and John Paul Jones, there was some recent Them Crooked Vultures teasing. In an interview with NME yesterday, Dave was quoted as saying that of all the side projects to revisit, he would most “love to make another Vultures record.” Before you get too hot and bothered, though, it’s notable that the drummer also mentioned an issue with multiple busy schedules that make it difficult to actually pull off for a second time. Still, the desire is there and that is enough for some people. We’ll leave you with that.
Aren’t you happy we put all of this information into one post? You’re welcome.