Joe Walsh, Ben Gibbard and Rick Nielsen confirmed to appear on 'Sonic Highways'
The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen are among the guests who feature on Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album ‘Sonic Highways’.
The LP will be released on November 10 and is formed of eight tracks written during visits to eight different cities. During their various studio visits, the band teamed up with notable musicians from the local area. For example, when in New Orleans, the band worked with New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Speaking to NME about the collaborations in a new interview that you can read in this week’s issue, available on newsstands from today and also digitally, bass player Nate Mendel says:
“We wrote the bulk of the songs back in Los Angeles, so it was more of a matter of experiencing each place learning about the studio and then bringing in guest musicians. In Seattle we had Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie (pictured above); in the desert outside Los Angeles it was Joe Walsh from The Eagles for a classic southern California feel – and, sure enough, suddenly our song has layers of ‘Hotel California’ in it.”
Moving on to how the songs sound, Mendel tells fans to expect something a little “looser” than normal. “They’re fairly straight forward Foo Fighters songs and almost every one of them takes a left turn and goes off on some psychic odyssey with guest musicians in the middle. There are a few elements that are looser than traditional Foo Fighters moments.”
Earlier this week, Foo Fighters announced that they would play UK club shows this week ahead of their performance at London’s Invictus Games’ closing ceremony. The first of these dates will happen at Brighton’s Concorde 2 tonight (September 10) with the band appearing under the name The Holy Shits.