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New Foo Fighters album ‘Concrete and Gold’ arrives


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Foo Fighters release their ninth studio album, Concrete And Gold, on Friday (September 15th). The follow-up to 2014’s Sonic Highways was a direct response to the way that record was made — instead of traveling the country and recording in different studios, documenting the whole thing along the way, the Foos hunkered down quietly in one place and made the new LP close to home.

Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel told us a while back how the band’s songwriting process works: “It’s really been pretty consistent over the years. Dave writes the songs, and about half the time he’ll do a demo on his own, and the other half of the time he’ll come in and just play it on guitar. Then (he) shows it to the band and then we sit around and play it and figure out, you know, what kind of song is it gonna be. Is it a country song? Metal song? You know, what the dynamic is, arrangement, tempo, that kind of stuff. We help him finish it out.”

  • Concrete And Gold was produced by the band and Greg Kurstin, who has worked in the past with pop artists like Adele and Pink.
  • The disc features guest appearances from Justin TimberlakePaul McCartneyThe Bird And The Bee‘s Inara George, the Kills’ Alison Mosshart and Boyz II Men singer Shawn Stockman.
  • Foo Fighters have lined up a fall North American tour that kicks off on October 7th in San Bernardino, California with Cal Jam 17, featuring the Foos, Queens Of The Stone AgeCage The ElephantLiam GallagherRoyal BloodThe Struts and more. The rest of the tour begins on October 12th in Washington D.C.


SIDE NOTES: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recently spent time with Johan, the EMT who acted quickly to take care of his broken leg after he fell offstage during a show in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2015. Grohl posted a selfie of himself with Johan and the caption “Reunited!” in one shot, while also flashing back to a photo of the EMT taking care of Grohl onstage in Sweden. In recounting the incident back in 2015, Grohl recalled asking Johan to come onstage with him and hold his leg in place while he finished the show — which Johan agreed to do. Grohl recalled, “I don’t know who was having more fun, me or Johan.”


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CHECK IT OUT: Here’s Dave and Johan