For a while last year, it looked like Foo Fighters could be done. They’d just come off a torrid 2015 during which Grohl broke his leg and they were forced to cancel a tour, and rumours persisted that the group were preparing to split. Luckily, they bit back with a hilarious video dismissing those rumours and revealed that a new album was happening, eventually. Earlier this year, word got out that recording had begun – and with some massive festivals, including Glastonbury in June, on the horizon, things are hotting up in Camp Foo. We dig deep on all the information available about the Foo Fighters ninth studio album.
When will Foo Fighters’ new album released?
The new album, called ‘Concrete & Gold’ will be release on September 15
What new Foo Fighters songs are out?
The band returned with newbie ‘Run’, which you can listen to below
What can we expect from the album?
Their last release was a return to form, for sure. Whereas previous album ‘Sonic Highways’ hopped from different styles of rock to another (as a result of their recording in various cities), ‘Saint Cecilia’ was far more focused on their sound – arena rock – so perhaps that will continue. But the last two albums have had some kind of theme to it, ‘Wasting Light’ was very much a garage rock album (and recorded in Grohl’s garage) and ‘Sonic Highways’ was an ambitious globe-trotting project, so don’t be surprised for them to find an interesting twist on it.
Previously it was rumoured that the group’s next record would be ‘Sonic Highways 2’, with the band taking their recording global, but Vig revealed that it “hasn’t come to fruition” just yet. If the new album was to follow a similar studio-hopping path, you’d imagine we would have heard some little rumours about locations by now.
Who’s going to be behind the desk to get the boys sounding in top shape? Surprisingly, it’s Greg Kurstin – who was the mastermind behind Adele’s ‘Hello’. When announcing the record, Grohl said “I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that.” Sounds bloody ace to us.
There could potentially be some special guest additions onto the album though – maybe in the shape of Josh Homme. A recent picture uploaded to Instagram by Eagles of Death Metal man Jesse Hughes’ showed Grohl, Homme and Hughes in what appears to be a studio. The post has since been deleted and its not confirmed that it is indeed a Foo Fighters record they might be working on – but we can dream, right?
What are Foo Fighters tour dates in 2017?
The group will play a handful of festival dates in North America and Europe this summer:
BottleRock, Napa Valley, CA (May 28)
Secret Solstice, Rejkavik, Iceland (June 16)
Rock The Beach, Helsinki, Finland (19)
Lucasvala Island, Latvia (21)
Glastonbury Festival, England (24)
Open’er Festival, Poland (29)
Roskilde Festival, Denmark (30)
Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain (Jul 6)
Nos Alive Festival (7)