Foo Fighters play Ohio record store for Record Store Day, Dave Grohl arrives on motorcycle

The show took place just miles away from Grohl's hometown of Warren, Ohio

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Foo Fighters played a special gig at a record store in Ohio today (April 18) for this year's Record Store Day.

Frontman Dave Grohl is the official ambassador for the 2015 event, which celebrates the culture and plight of independent record shops.

The group played a nine-song set at Record Connection in Niles, Ohio - just miles away from Grohl's hometown of Warren, Ohio. Grohl arrived at the venue by motorcycle (see picture below).

"I know we’re in a strip mall [but] let’s pretend this is a stadium!," Grohl told the 150 capacity crowd, according to Consequence Of Sound.

Last one from today's @foofighters #RSD15 show. #FooFighters

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Foo Fighters played:

'White Limo'
'The Pretender'
'Learn to Fly'
'My Hero'
'Big Me'
'Alone + Easy Target'
'Kids in America'

Foo Fighters released a four-track seven-inch called 'Songs From The Laundry Room' for Record Store Day. It features early versions of 'Alone + Easy Target' and 'Big Me' as well as an unreleased track, 'Empty Handed', from the Glastonbury 2015 headliners. It was recorded at Barrett Jones' Laundry Room Studios in Seattle in the 1990s.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Grohl discussed the previously unheard 'Empty Handed' and other early versions on the release. "I'd never been the singer of a band and I'd never been the principal songwriter of a band," he said. "So to me it was just this private experiment, not something that I wanted lots of people to hear, because I didn't necessarily like my voice."

He continued: "When you're in a band with the greatest songwriter of your generation, you don't want to be the guy saying, 'Look at my songs, too,'" referencing his years in Nirvana with Kurt Cobain. "So I would record them and put them away. But it was fun to do. I've recorded stuff and just erased it."

Of his early recordings as the Foo Fighters, he explained: "It was just something to do in between tours when I was playing with Nirvana. By the time Nirvana was over, I had, I don't know, 20, 30, 40 of these recordings that no one had ever heard. There's a lot more than just those [Laundry Room 10-inch] songs. I think the songs that we picked for the Record Store Day album were maybe picked out of 15 or 20 others that no one's ever heard." The release will also include a cover of Kim Wilde's 1981 single 'Kids In America'.
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