The band will be playing the unplugged side of ‘In Your Honor’
Foo Fighters have confirmed they are to tour the acoustic side of their recent double album ‘In Your Honor’.
Following the release of three singles and an extensive world tour from the heavier part of the LP, the band are gearing up to show their softer side.
“We told everybody we’re gonna do some acoustic touring, so I guess we’d better,” drummer Taylor Hawkins said. “Instead of going out there and sweating my butt off every night, I’ll be playing with my brushes quietly and stuff. I think it’ll be good for us, though, as musicians, to go out and explore that dynamic.”
According to MTV News, dates are yet to confirmed for the tour, though the band will be heading out on the road with violinist Petra Haden (Beck), pianist Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers) and percussionist Drew Hester.
Haden and Jaffee guest on ‘In Your Honor’, while Hester has been busy producing Hawkins’ new side project Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders.
Speaking about the extended Foo Fighters line-up, Hawkins said: “We’re gonna make a little rock orchestra.”
The band are set to release their next single ‘No Way Back’ on March 13 and are currently contemplating the treatment for the video.
“We might do one of those Bon Jovi-on-the-road videos (where) you’re sitting in the private jet,” the drummer revealed. “You know, before we go onstage, all slow motion. I just remember those videos back in the ’80s. Bon Jovi‘s sitting on his private jet, (thinking) ‘I miss my mansion.’ Sorry, Bon. Got no beef with you. Like your videos. We’re gonna rip them off.”
Hawkins also spoke about how his track from ‘In Your Honor’ – ‘Cold Day In The Sun’ – nearly didn’t make it to the final cut.
He explained: “I actually argued with our manager about (even including it on the album), because he didn’t think it fit and it’s one more song Dave (Grohl) could be singing. It could be an acoustic version of ‘Everlong’. You know, they’re bean counters. But in the end, it really adds something, and Dave was behind me. He’s not a selfish guy. Billy Corgan would (not allow it), but Dave‘s not a dick.”
According to Hawkins, he wrote the music for the track five years ago, but left it to the last minute to add the lyrics.
“To be honest, the lyrics suck. It’s more about the melody. I wrote the lyrics the morning before I went into the studio, like all my songs,” he said. “And Dave always said he liked it, and I was like, ‘Yeah, bull.’ And being the manipulative bastard that I am, we were in the studio and I happened to pick up an acoustic guitar and happened to play that little riff that Dave happens to like, and I happened to say, ‘Maybe we should record this,’ and we happened to be looking for songs for the acoustic record, so it worked.”