App lets fans record with Foo Fighters and Roxy Music members

Free app WholeWorldBand allows users to play along with stems uploaded by musicians

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera have contributed stems to an app that lets fans build around their music.

WholeWorldBand, which is available on iPhone, iPad and most computers, invites musicians to contribute tracks that fans can record over to make their own songs.

Hawkins, who provided a video session, said, “I was kinda imagining some sort of song in there, but I want you guys to be creative and think of your own thing,” Rolling Stone reports. Manzanera contributed a cover of Kanye West & Jay-Z’s ‘Watch the Throne’ single ‘No Church in the Wild’, which featured a sample of his song ‘K Scope’. Manzanera said: “The whole process is about musical recycling, and I really hope that you join in that recycling process.”

Previous contributors to WholeWorldBand include The Police‘s Stewart Copeland, The Rolling Stones‘ Ronnie Wood and Eurythmics‘ Dave Stewart, with the resulting fan-made tracks being shared on social media. Download the app here.

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters closed BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich on Sunday (May 24), dedicating a song from their set to singer Taylor Swift.

Performing ‘Congregation’ from latest album ‘Sonic Highways’, Dave Grohl announced that the rendition was in honour of Swift. The band had written and recorded the song in Swift’s hometown of Nashville.

Grohl told the crowd: “I’m officially obsessed, she might want to get a restraining order because I’m all about Swift. I’m going to dedicate this song to Taylor Swift, how about that? This one goes out to my opening band, Taylor Swift.” Watch footage below.

Foo Fighters kicked off their UK tour on Monday (May 25). They will be supported by Royal Blood, Teenage Fanclub, Iggy Pop, Kaiser Chiefs, Honeyblood and God Damn along the way. See the band’s full dates below.

Foo Fighters play:

Sunderland Stadium Of Light (May 25)
Manchester Emirates Old Trafford (27)
Ireland Slane Castle (May 30)
London Wembley Stadium (June 19, 20)
Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium (23)

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