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NEW FOO FIGHTERS ALBUM WILL BE BOTH 'HEAVY' AND 'SILLY'

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl gives up a few more details about the band's upcoming album in a new interview with England's NME. The singer/guitarist says that bassist Nate Mendel asked him to bring "some of the fun" back to the the band's songwriting, explaining, "At one point Nate sent me an email, and said, 'I really like it when you write songs that are silly and mean nothing, too. You don't have to try and write "Imagine" every time you sit down with a pen and paper.'"

At the same time, however, producer Butch Vig is making sure that the record stays true to Grohl's recent promise that it will be the Foos' heaviest. Grohl said, "Butch saw (the quote) and then when I'd approach him with a new song idea, he'd say, 'This doesn't rock enough, no . . . Next.' I'd have to show him another one."

Grohl told us that, generally speaking, writing new songs is not a difficult process for Foo Fighters: "It's pretty simple with this band. If there's a melody and there's a good lyric, then we've got ourselves a song in a couple of minutes. If we could throw it together, and get an arrangement together, and put it down on tape, that's kind of what we do best, you know: that simple, melodic rock that gets stuck in your head."

The band's new album is due out next year and will follow up 2007's Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.

The project reunites Grohl with Vig for the first time in 20 years, since Vig produced Nirvana's Nevermind album. Grohl's bandmate in Nirvana, bassist Krist Novoselic, will make a guest appearance on the new Foos disc.

Meanwhile, the Foos' first two announced gigs of 2011, at Milton Keynes Bowl in the U.K. on July 2nd and 3rd, sold all 130,000 tickets within hours of going on sale Friday morning (November 5th). Jimmy Eat World and Death Cab For Cutie will be among the support acts that weekend.

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