Royal Blood ‘wanted to support Foo Fighters before even starting the band’

Duo will get 'insane' opportunity in May and June

Royal Blood have said that supporting Foo Fighters on tour is something they could only have wished for when starting the band, describing the opportunity as “insane.”

The two-piece will play with Dave Grohl and his band when they tour stadiums in the UK next year. Speaking in the Christmas issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, drummer Ben Thatcher describes just what the support slot means to him and bandmate Mike Kerr.

“If you asked us individually before Royal Blood even started with band we’d most like to tour with the Foo Fighters would be the ones,” Thatcher said. “So to get the opportunity on this album run is insane.”


Frontman Kerr also reveals that, alongside touring, the band will work on new material in 2015. Though it is early days just yet. “We just want it to flourish musically and make sure we’re always getting the best out of ourselves,” he said. “As long as we’re doing that, everything else doesn’t really matter. This is still an exciting project for us. I can’t really hope for anything. I don’t really need anything.”

Foo Fighters and Royal Blood will tour in May and June of next year. Starting at Sunderland’s Stadium Of Light on May 25, the jaunt also visits Manchester Emirates Old Trafford on May 27, London’s Wembley Stadium on June 19 and 20 and Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium on June 23.

Dave Grohl recently said to NME of the Brighton rock duo: “I saw some live footage of them, and I was so excited to see a band that was heavy, had riffs, had songs, and could really perform, and an audience that was genuinely excited to watch them play.”

Royal Blood are also nominated for the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas. Visit our awards page to cast your vote on who you want to win You can also buy tickets for the awards ceremony which takes place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 18 February.

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