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Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich has revealed that Dave Grohl convinced him to feature a Lemmy tribute on the Grammys.

“I will confess I didn’t have a lot of Motörhead on my iPad,” Ehrlich told Billboard. “The metalheads have Dave Grohl to thank for that, because when I asked Dave if he would introduce that segment, he said, ‘I’ll do it — if you do something for Lemmy.’”
The Evening Express also recently posted a video of Dave Grohl taking an elevator to a suite at the Grammys, and performing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Click here for an update on Jerry Cantrell.

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell was set to perform at ‘Dimebash’ last night, a tribute to Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell.  Cantrell went to the emergency room though last night and was replaced by Dave Grohl. Proceeds from the event were slated to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Robb Flynn of Machine Head told the Lucky Strike Live Crowd the following, according to Blabbermouth: “Jerry Cantrell and I have been rehearsing this song all week. Jerry Cantrell was supposed to be with us. He went to the emergency room, unfortunately, tonight, couldn’t be here. This song’s gonna go out to him. Dave Grohl was nice enough to fill in for him.”

“I think the thing that embodies this event and entity is unity; bringing everyone together to celebrate the music played and loved by Darrell and to benefit the foundation of a very beloved man, Mr. Ronnie James Dio,” said Rita Haney, longtime girlfriend of Abbott and the person who knew him best. “Dimebag Darrell was notorious for giving us all so much, in some way, even to this day. So to be able to give back in his name is such an honor. With all of this amazing talent in one place, it makes for a damn good celebration! C’mon out and getcha pull!”

You can now donate any amount that you can afford to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund by going to www.ronniejamesdio.com. Your generous donations will go to cancer research, cancer screenings and various cancer programs. Your donations will also help families that have loved ones suffering from this horrible disease that took Ronnie from us too soon.

The passing of David Bowie, in the succession of the deaths of Scott Weiland and Lemmy, continue to devastate the hearts of millions if not billions of fans. These three figures, who in total have contributed thousands of songs to the human discography, are sorely missed not only on their creative output but they were massive figures bursting with integrity.

David Bowie, who stepped into the world of alternative rock to prop up and support acts who became some of alternative rock’s most popular acts, like Placebo, had an unprecedented influence on the genre’s development. His work in general, with albums like Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs inspired figures like Cobain, Corgan and Farrell, but this all goes without saying. Bowie’s influence bleeds through culture in a blatant and now tragic way.

One thing not always brought up, however, is one of the greatest gatherings of popular musicians, I dare say, of all time. On January 9th, 1997 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, David Bowie hosted a concert for his fiftieth birthday with a surreal lineup. What’s very admirable about Bowie is that he often reached out to people directly influenced by him first, instead of the other way around.

As seen in our featured photo, you can make Bowie surrounded by figures such as Robert Smith of the Cure, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters (as well as Pat Smear), Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal of Placebo and more. To celebrate his birthday, Bowie invited many of his friends and admirers.

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The European alternative rock band Placebo opened for the show. They were touring for their self titled album and were discovered by Bowie and in the late ’90s and became his opening act for several months. He would sing on their sophomore album Without You I’m Nothing on the eponymous track. After opening with some songs from his then recently released album, Earthlings, like “Little Wonder,” he brought out his first guest: Frank Black of the Pixies. Together they performed “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) from the selfsame titled album. They also performed “Fashion” together, from the same album.

In 1997, the Foo Fighters were flying high on the scene after Nirvana’s demise. No doubt, Bowie was aware of Nirvana’s cover of his song “The Man Who Sold the World.” He even performed at this show with his backing band. One would wonder though, if Cobain had lived if he would have been invited to perform with him. However, the Foo Fighters were invited to play “Hallo Spaceboy,” a song from the 1995 Outside album, with Bowie. They offered a thunderous rendition of the song. Bowie (vocals as well as guitar) and Grohl afterwards would perform the electronic tinged “Seven Years in Tibet” together. “Under Pressure” in later years, would become a staple of the Foo Fighters’ live set.

Sonic Youth, the noise rock band which also had a tremendous air within alternative rock circles, were present to perform and celebrate with Bowie, playing his newest single “I’m Afraid of Americans,” which featured production stylings from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Bowie, never afraid to move forward. Below is also included Nine Inch Nails with David Bowie re-orchestrating “Hurt” in 1995, later covered famously by Johnny Cash.

After these performances, David Bowie delivered his hits “Heroes” and “The Man Who Sold the World” with his backing band. Robert Smith from the Cure, emerged from the darkness of backstage to share two songs with Bowie: “The Last Thing You Should Do” and “Quicksand,” though he wanted to do “Young Americans.”

One of the most prominent figures from Bowie’s past, another one of rock’s figures who favored collaboration with admirers, his friend and creative partner Lou Reed joined him on stage for four songs. The two worked on Reed’s album “Transformer” together, which swept the world in storm. The songs they did together that night were “Queen Bitch”, a Lou Reed song “Dirty Blvd” and two songs from Lou Reed’s first major band, the Velvet Underground: “White Light/White Heat” and “Waiting for the Man.” Those latter two songs were frequently covered by Bowie in his past. “Waiting for the Man” was particularly marvelous, with alternating lead vocals from the two. This performance has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It’s nice to revisit and sad to see these figures leave this world.

In 1997, the following song would already have a sentimental and memorial connotation associated with it, Freddie Mercury having passed away a few years before. The duet is shared with his bassist at the time, American bassist Gail Ann Dorsey.

He closed his set with the Ziggy Stardust track, “Moonage Daydream” and seemingly ended the concert with band introductions. The backing band consisted of Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Mike Garson on keyboards (who also worked with the Pumpkins in later years), Zach Alford on drums and Gail Ann Dorsey on bass.

However, as with most great things there is an encore. After an aptly deserved “Happy Birthday!” from Dorsey, some more music emerged. For the encore, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, a huge Bowie fan, joined Bowie on stage for “The Jean Genie” and Mott the Hopple’s “All the Young Dudes,” written by Bowie in the early ’70s. In introducing Corgan, Bowie uttered his famous quote, “I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” The encore was ended with “Space Oddity” which would be covered by the Smashing Pumpkins during their Oceania tour.

Bowie’s death is as sudden as it is grave. I found out coming out of the Primus and Tool concert in San Diego on their latest tour. It hit me the next day and it hit me very hard and at once. While listening to “Teenage Wildlife,” I became incredibly upset and my eyes followed suit. I felt an embrace and goodbye. What I wrote on my band’s page is the only thing that I can really manage to say about his passing:

David Bowie has died and reborn for the last time, as he did hundreds of times during his lifetime. From the Thin White Duke to Ziggy Stardust to Blackstar – Bowie has always been reborn and died, we tend to forget. This time, it just hits us a bit harder because his consistently ever-changing body and essence has gone to its biggest rebirth, a union with the universe. As he ever was, Bowie exists in all of us. He exists in our courage and our engendered ability to face ourselves, to be ourselves no matter what people tell us. And people do change. His music encompasses a lot, but one thing that has always stood out to me is the spirit of bravery – encouraging people to experience the most of life to better themselves and to grow. To dance, to wander in space, to live as teenage wildlife, to be heroes and in the indefinite final acts and climaxes: to be reborn as Lazarus when Jesus gave life back to him in Lazarus’ miraculous resurrection, the utmost compassionate act we can accept to give ourselves as life continues to shape and challenge us. In embracing his deep lessons, Bowie will be continue to be reborn thousands and thousands of times more.

Rest in peace, Blackstar

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Thanks to Kirsten Kuwatani and Matt Westerberg.

Nevermind Bieber, Ethiopia Smells Like Teen Spirit

ETHIOPIA — It’s a typical day in the Ethiopian desert. A hundred degree sun is baking already scorched, dry land around the walls of Yechila high school. Hundreds of kids are trekking along dusty roads from their homes, some hours away, to study English in open-air concrete classrooms. In Ethiopia, learning the English language is a prerequisite for attaining a college education, the key to a better life for many. On this particular day, droves of 9th and 10 graders are learning English and building self-confidence in a peculiar way.

In his classroom, Matt Westerberg takes a few minutes each day to teach the lyrics to arguably the most influential song of the 1990’s. Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit is sung daily by over 150 screaming Ethiopian students. Westerberg is an education volunteer with Peace Corps, and has been working in Ethiopia for over a year. “One of our greatest challenges here is getting shy students to have the courage to speak English,” says Westerberg. In the Ethiopian education system, teachers often lecture the entire class while students sit in silence taking notes. This doesn’t bode well for students attempting to learn new languages, like English. “Without an active and secure environment to practice, most students feel too timid to even attempt the language at all. Learning a loud, energetic song by Nirvana gets them out of their shells.”

This is not the first time Westerberg’s students have learned a ’90s anthem. In 2015, they debuted their cover of Pearl Jam’s Even Flow. “The Even Flow cover began as a joke that turned into a motivational project,” says Westerberg. I taught the kids the song and watched their participation and confidence with the language dramatically increase.” Westerberg collaborated with a fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Kirsten Kuwatani, to create a video of the kids performing the song, which reached over 58,000 views on YouTube last summer. “The best part was showing the kids their video, watching their reaction as they saw themselves on screen, and reading them the comments from people around the world cheering them on.”

Yechila Secondary School presents Ethiopia Smells Like Teen Spirit, paying homage to Nirvana and also containing a very special birthday message to the band’s legendary drummer, Dave Grohl, who celebrates his birthday on Wednesday.

Dave Grohl delivered an emotional eulogy for Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister at his funeral last night. Mikkey Dee, Matt Sorum, Slash, Mike Inez, Scott Ian, Rob Halford, Robert Trujillo, and Lars Ulrich also spoke. Alternative Nation transcribed Grohl discussing meeting Lemmy for the first time.

“He’s my hero. He’s the one true rock and roller that bridged my love of AC/DC, and Sabbath, and Zeppelin, with my love of GBH, the Ramones, and Black Flag. So I walked up, and said, ‘Excuse me Lemmy, I don’t want to bother you, but you’ve influenced me so much. You’re my musical hero. I’m a musician, I play in the Foo Fighters, and I was in Nirvana.’

He looked up to me from the video game, and the first think he ever said to me, he said, ‘I’m sorry about your friend Kurt.’ In that moment, [he went from being] the whiskey drinking, badass motherfuckin’ rock star, to being this gunslinging, whiskey drinking, badbass motherfuckin’ rock star with a heart. And I walked away thinking I may never see him again, but that’s enough for the rest of my life, but then we became friends. It’s one thing when you have a hero, but it’s another thing when your hero becomes your friend.”

Do you think all the best rock music was made before the year 2000? Have you jumped ship with rock and hopped on the EDM bandwagon? Do you not have a New Year’s resolution? Well, before you pick up that latest Dead Mou-Five (Did I spell that right?) record, how about I give you a new years resolution.. and that is find a new up and coming band that you can’t get enough of!

It’s actually a little easier than you think, and I’ll make it even easier for you by giving you a list of ten of the best up and coming bands to check out if you haven’t already (and if you have, good job doing your homework!):

Black Map
Mark Engles: Guitar
Chris Robyn: Drums
Ben Flanagan: Vocals/Bass

Black Map is a three-piece alternative hard rock band hailing from San Fransisco, CA. Loud and boisterous, Black Map are a hard rock force with a heavy, clean sound. In 2014 Alternative Nation reviewed their album And We Explode… giving it a 9/10.

“This album practically holds every characteristic necessary for an alternative rock musical masterpiece, which should come as to no surprise.”
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Black Map have supported Chevelle on tour and have also played various shows with the likes of ††† (Crosses), Tombs, Pelican, and Kill Devil Hill.
Essential Tracks: “Code”, “Chinaski”, “I’m Just the Driver”

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Dinosaur Eyelids
Evan Staats – Vocals
Scott Staats – Bass
Patrick McKnight – Guitar
Mark Leone – Drums

Dinosaur Eyelids are a four piece band based out of New Brunswick, NJ. With a bit of a grungy and progressive sound, Dinosaur Eyelids are excellent songwriters with many tracks that can take you on a journey. “The LIDS” have opened for Parlor Mob and shared the stage with Dean Ween of Ween and have earned a reputation for their aggressive live performances.

Essential Tracks: “Further Down the River”, “21 Graham Salute”, “Answer In The Sky”

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Everyday Losers
Dylan Seidel- Vocals/Guitar
Tyler Seidel- Guitar/Vocals
Danny Norton- Bass
Damian Baker- Drums

The Everyday Losers are a four piece band out of Washington, Indiana. They describe themselves as a band full of heavy riffs, powerful choruses, and frenetic live performances. They recently wrapped up a touring stint with Saliva in November and have also shared the stage with Jackyl, Smile Empty Soul, and Black Stone Cherry.   The Everyday Losers boast tracks that are both heavy and melodic, such as the standout “Here We Are Now”.

Essential Tracks: “Outta My Head”, “Hate You”, “Here We Are Now”

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High/Low
Steve Weston – Guitar/Pedals/Vocals
Lee ‘meatarm’ Yates – Bass
Dave Pankhurst – Drums

High/Low are a four piece band out of Essex, UK. The band’s entire catalog is bursting with catchy, heavy, alternative rock tracks. All the elements seem to perfectly blend together to form a unique brand of rock music that works more on a high level, not a low one (ba dum tiss). High/Low have a much anticipated new album being released on January 29th, 2016.  Get an exclusive free download from the new album entitled “MONO” here and you can hear their new single entitled “Mould” below.

Essential Tracks: ‘Mould”, “Beef Back”, “Spy Eye”

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Minus Cube
Joe Weinstock – Guitars
Glyn Rolmanis – Drums
Michael Martin – Vocals

Minus Cube is a three piece band with a unique setup in that Michael is based in the USA, and Joe and Glyn are based in the UK, but that distance hasn’t stopped the band from creating one of the most unique sounds in rock today.  A listener can hear the influences from bands like Tool, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, particularly in tracks like “Everything” and Trance Decay”.  Minus Cube have a new album planned for 2016 entitled The Butterfly Effect, watch the teaser here.

Essential Tracks: “Everything”, “Trance Decay”, “Catalyst”

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New Oceans
David Downs –Vocals/Guitar
Rob Miller – Bass
John Kehoe –Drums

New Oceans is a three piece band out of Chicago, IL. Starting out as an industrial, electro-rock band, New Oceans have changed their style, releasing a unique high energy punk/grunge album entitled Fuzzbuzz. Having the feel of early Seattle grunge while throwing in some of the most unique song progressions in modern rock, New Oceans have grown to be an innovative and exciting newcomer to the american rock scene.

Essential Tracks: “ADHD”, “She Lives in a Shack”, “Sun Drunk”

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Noiseheads
Nick Gray – Vocals/Guitar
Greg Nicholas – Drums/Vocals
Joe Gray – Bass/Vocals

Noiseheads are a three piece band from Pensacola, FL, but are soon transitioning to Greensboro, NC. Alternative Nation hailed Noiseheads as “One of America’s most promising young rock bands,” and with catchy radio friendly hard rock tunes, Noiseheads may be one of those bands that will ensure the world that rock is still alive and well. The band is influenced by many of the greats such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana, but sound like no other. Dave Grohl once said the intensity that Kurt Cobain had in his voice sounded like he was grinding nails in his throat when he performed, and this comparison is also the only way to describe Nick Gray’s vocals, throw in a stellar rhythm section from Greg and Joe and yes it is true, Noiseheads is one of America’s most promising young rock bands, and they may just be a band that brings rock music back from the underground.  Noiseheads may be taking a bit of a break with the move, but have been busy recently, including releasing a video for their track “Fellow Man” in November.

Essential Tracks: “Fellow Man”, “Expectations”, “Pretty Hate Song Pt. 2”, “Annie”

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Soul Inclination
Shashank Bhatnagar – Vocals/Rhythm Guitars
Puneet Vohra – Lead Guitars/Vocals
Ashish Sharma – Bass
Nishant Hagjer – Drums/Vocals

Soul Inclination is a four piece band from New Delhi, India. Though they have recently gone through some lineup changes, the two tracks they released in 2015 were fantastic. So great in fact that their second single “Not a Loser” was the most requested song on Alternative Nation Radio in 2015. Influenced by bands like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, Soul Inclination has the makings of a modern rock force.

Essential Tracks: “Not a Loser”, “I Am Alone”

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The Burning of Rome
Adam Traub – Vocals/Keys/Guitar
Joe Aguilar – Guitar/Vocals
Aimee Jacobs – Keys/Glockenspiel/Vocals
Keveen Baudouin – Bass/Vocals
Danny King – Drums

The Burning of Rome are a five piece band from the Los Angeles and San Diego, CA area. Describing themselves as death-pop, they have the elements of a band who will eventually garner a very large cult following. Their use of both male and female vocal leads gives them a diversity that not many modern rock bands possess.  They released their second album Year of the Ox in 2014 which included three tracks that were among the most requested on Alternative Nation Radio in 2015.

Essential Tracks: “Better Than He”, “Cowboy’s and Cut Cigars”, “Year of the Ox”

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Tidalwave
Dean – Guitar/Vocals
Marc – Bass
Nils – Drums

Tidalwave is a three piece band from Berlin, Germany. Their first release, a four song self-titled EP released in Feburary 2015, was pure melodic alternative rock bliss. Influenced by bands like Foo Fighters, Deftones, and Muse, Tidalwave have the ability to create a smart and cohesive sound unlike no other. With a new EP entitled “1992” being released in early 2016 (watch the teaser), Tidalwave is sure to turn even more heads in the coming months.

Essential Tracks: “Find Myself”, “Rx”, “Solace”

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Hear all the best from all these great up and coming bands plus many more at www.rockshowradio.net and www.alternativenation.net/radio.  What are some up and coming bands that you can’t get enough of?  Feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl got an ‘Ace of Spades’ tattoo in honor of late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Check out the photo below! Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready also wrote a tribute to Lemmy and discussed his influence on the Grunge scene, which you can read below the photo.

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Mike McCready’s tribute:

In the early 80’s a fellow named Chris P had a lot of parties and my band Shadow (Rob Webber, Danny Newcomb, Chris Friel and myself) went to many of them. Also often there were Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mark Arm and a lot of other Seattle musicians. We (Shadow) were friends with and played shows with Overlord (Glen Logan, Steve Van Liew , Kurt Lofstrom, Kenny Kubsen). There wasn’t a huge scene back then, but we all put on shows with both metal and punk bands around Seattle. The one band the metals heads and punks could agree on was Motörhead. “Ace of Spades” and “No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith” were played constantly at these parties.

Motörhead had great songs that were fast with tons of attitude. It felt dangerous to listen to Lemmy’s bass and tales from the road that we all wanted to be on. Fast Eddie and Philthy Phil Taylor rocked hard with Lemmys Marshall bass amps with the volume pinned to 10. Rick Friel, Chris Friel , Danny Newcomb and I were a few of the lucky fans that got to see Motörhead actually smash a Dodge Dart in the parking lot of Tower Records. This was a promotion for the show later that night at the Paramount on the Iron Fist Tour. Was such a cool experience! I will never forget seeing Lemmy beating the shit out of that old car with a sledgehammer. I wish I still had my autographed broken sledgehammer handle that I picked up from the mess. That night we all went to the Paramount with about 400 people total in the audience! Lemmy said, “Next time bring some of your friends!”

They then launched into the loudest show I’ve over seen! Thank you, Lemmy, for being a huge influence on this young guitar player all those years ago!!

Don’t forget the joker!

– Mike McCready

Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother is one of rock’s most powerful modern voices, yet has possessed something of a tumultuous and unpredictable career. After the smashing success of 2005’s self-titled Wolfmother debut featuring enduring rock radio singles like “Woman” and “Joker & The Thief”, the band’s lineup imploded for their second release, “Cosmic Egg”. The band’s planned third album was ultimately released under Andrew Stockdale’s own name; however, Stockdale reconsidered the Wolfmother brand and used the “surprise digital release” format for Wolfmother’s third record, “New Crown”, released in 2014.

After that experiment, Stockdale recruited legendary producer Brendan O’Brien for the band’s next studio output, Victorious. This record, releasing in February 2016, marks the first Wolfmother “event” release since 2009, being hyped with the release of two huge-sounding singles, “City Lights” and “Victorious”. I recently had a brief opportunity to chat with Stockdale, who reminisced on some of his earliest influences as a vocalist and looked ahead to a promising career relaunch with Victorious.

Can you tell us a bit about Wolfmother’s undocumented recent Scott Weiland tribute, and your earliest memories of STP?

We just did a free show at the Great Northern Byron in memory of Scott, playing a bunch of covers including “Interstate Love Song”. I remember seeing STP on David Letterman in the 90’s and falling in love with them!

Being a vocalist is much like being an athlete as far as building and maintaining your vocal range. As a young guy back then finding your own voice, were there any artists you’d sing along to?

When I was a teenager, I’d sing Pearl Jam, The Beatles… Blind Melon was one of them. I’d sing along to Perry Farrell, and realize I was able to hit the high notes! I’d be playing guitar with my brother or something, and I’d be coughing up a vein or something. [laughs] From there, I just sort of kept going.

Flash forward to now and you will be working with Brendan O’Brien, who worked with Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots, on “Victorious”. 

He’s done a good job of doing that “big” sound, viable for national radio… you know what I mean? He knows how to make that rock n’ roll sound in this day and age, when it seems like production has just been going through the motions.

You think you’ll be able to capture that stateside magic that Wolfmother’s 2005 album possessed? 

Victorious is going to sound fantastic on the radio anywhere in the world and it’s got the production people have come to expect. Ya know… some people need songs, some people need a haircut, some people need production!

A big moment in the years after that debut was your collaboration with Slash on his 2010 solo album, singing vocals on “By The Sword”. Can you tell us a bit about your experience in the studio with Slash? 

When you get to meet Slash, you also get to hang out with all the stars. When I went to LA to record I met Lemmy, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper and all these icons. Wow, that was exciting. Dave Grohl was in the back room with a bottle of scotch, and when I walked in, he’s like, “Hey, you gonna come and sit?” [laughs] And I was thinking: “there’s no way I’m gonna say no to drinking a bottle of scotch with Dave Grohl!”

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I don’t think anybody could.

There’s a crowd of like thirty people around and he’s just telling stories. I had to do the Slash video the next morning…

Wow, that must have been difficult! [laughs]

[laughs] Difficult because I got to drink scotch with Dave Grohl? Yeah, I had to do the video the next morning, but Grohl was high on the priority list so I tried to do both at once. Slash… he doesn’t drink, and he’s completely straight.

Do you have any other dream collaborations?

Neil Young, Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, Eddie Vedder, Lenny Kravitz. [laughs] It’s not on my “to do list”, so to speak, I’m not the best at planning things out, but if I got the invitation from any of those people, I’d be there in a heartbeat.

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s 2015 will go down as one of the most epic years in recent rock star memory. Relive Dave’s greatest moments of the year below!

10. Dave has epic drum off on The Muppets

Earlier this month, Dave Grohl had a hilarious drum off with Animal from Miss Piggy’s band on ABC’s The Muppets.

Happy birthday to Dave's cousin Trac(e)y and his mom! @foofighters

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9. Dave sings happy birthday to his Mom

At Foo Fighters’ epic show at Wrigley Field in Chicago this past summer, Dave Grohl brought his mother Virginia Grohl and cousin Tracy on stage so that fans could sing happy birthday to them! Grohl also discussed his mother drinking with Green Day.

8. Foo Fighters jam with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones & Queen’s Roger Taylor

Foo Fighters were joined by Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones for an epic performance of “Under Pressure” at the Milton Keynes National Bowl, with the musicians forming a ‘super-duper-group.’ Jones played keys, and Taylor drummed, while Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins sang vocals.

Grohl said, “Now look, I don’t know if ya’ll ever seen a supergroup, this is a super-duper-group. I don’t even know what to say, because this kind of shit does not happen every day. Let me just tell you that the Foo Fighters right now are living out our rock and roll fantasy with you tonight, wouldn’t you say?

Taylor Hawkins agreed, “Fuckin’ aye.” Hawkins then told Roger Taylor to “go for it, you’re in charge.”

Dave Grohl said that Queen were the first band to perform at Milton Keynes, so it was fitting that Taylor was joining them. The performance also was a semi-Them Crooked Vultures reunion for Grohl and John Paul Jones.

7. Foo Fighters ‘Rick Roll’ Westboro Baptist Church

After hearing that Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) was going to protest the Foo Fighters Friday, August 21st concert at the Kansas City Sprint Center, Dave Grohl and company ‘Rick Rolled’ WBC who were protesting in front of the venue. The flamboyant counter protest included the band in the back of a truck which was also blasting the Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” while drummer Taylor Hawkins waved a sign that read ‘You Got Rick Roll’d, Again’ and his drum tech sporting nothing but thong underwear below the waist.

6. Foo Fighters Invite Crying Fan On Stage To Sing “My Hero”

Foo Fighters were performing “My Hero” acoustic in Greenwood Village, Colorado last night, and Dave Grohl spotted a fan crying in the crowd. See Alternative Nation’s transcription below!

“Don’t cry motherfucker, I know you’re drunk, don’t cry. Are you crying right now? You’re fucking crying aren’t you? (Laughs) I love you man, look at you, holy shit. You know what, fuck that speech I was just going to make, I’m singing this shit to you right now. I’m gonna sing this fucking song right in your face, man to man, prison style, I’m going man to man. Me and you, I want some real tears, you better sing it with me. (Laughs) Don’t make me cry, because I promised I wouldn’t do this.”

“Get closer, get front row! Where are you going motherfucker? Get back here! No you get here, front row. I’m going to sing this to your crying grown man ass right now. Front row, against the rail, right here, get in here motherfucker, you drunk emotional mess!”

At first Grohl hesitated to bring him on stage, but then he invited him. The fan identified himself as Anthony. Grohl then serenaded Anthony, singing “My Hero” to him and making him continue to cry. Anthony also sang part of the song with Grohl. Grohl joked that nobody should let Anthony drive home, and he also hugged him multiple times.

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5. Dave jams with Slash, David Lee Roth, and more on his birthday

Foo Fighters played their first show of 2015 in January on a rainy night in Los Angeles at the Forum. The show was hyped as being a celebration of Dave Grohl’s birthday, but not much was known going in regarding what setlist might be going in, or if any special guests might show up. Foo Fighters kicked off the show and Dave Grohl immediately said that it would be a long night with tons of guests. The band were also using a new round stage setup in the middle of the arena that rotated throughout the show. Grohl would use the stage to rile up fans to cheer for the stage to rotate in their direction, and joked that he was getting nauseous at one point.

When it came to the set, KISS’ Paul Stanley was the first guest. Stanley performed “Detroit Rock City” and “Do You Love Me.” After Stanley left, the band performed “All My Life,” “Rope,” and “The Pretender.” The show mostly continued with this type of rotation, with a couple of songs with a guest performer followed by a few hits. Tenacious D and Slash were the next guests, performing Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” Jack Black led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Dave Grohl, with balloons dropping from the ceiling.

Alice Cooper performed his two biggest hits: “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen.” Former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri came out to perform Roky Erickson’s “Two Headed Dog.” Grohl introduced Oliveri by mentioning ‘the band I used to drum for,’ which led to many fans immediately thinking that Krist Novoselic would come out.

Zakk Wylde was arguably the best guest performer. When he came out, Dave Grohl took over on bass and he, Wylde, and Taylor Hawkins performed as a ‘power trio,’ according to Grohl. Wylde absolutely ripped and immediately won over the crowd, despite being less famous than some of the other guests. Wylde, Grohl, and Hawkins covered Black Sabbath, and it was definitely the heaviest portion of the set. Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell was the next guest for “Mountain Song” and “Miss You.” Farrell was another highlight, with great stage energy despite being in his mid 50’s. Farrell missed some lyrics of “Miss You” and had some light hearted banter with Taylor Hawkins regarding it.

Trombone Shorty came out during “This Is A Call” like he did at a recent festival performance, throwing some variety into the show instrumentally. Grohl then discussed the guest from the night largely being friends that he called, but he said he wanted to play with someone that he never had, and that ended up being the next guest: Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. Roth was a huge surprise, as he is not a part of Grohl’s usual cast of characters in his all star projects. Roth was on top form, telling a joke in a middle of a song about mixing up the word ketchup with ‘you’re a fucking bitch.’ “Panama” was one of the highlights of the night.

The show ended up Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Slash, and Zakk Wylde coming out for “Let It Rock,” which was definitely the loudest performance of the night with 6 guitarists on stage. The show ended at 32 songs clocking in at well over 3 hours, it was definitely a special night that you can only really get in Los Angeles.

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4. Foo Fighters Release Surprise EP

Foo Fighters launched a mysterious website in October with a countdown clock ending in late November. They dropped clues to fans during the month long wait, with many fans eventually figuring out that the band would likely release the new songs they had recorded in Austin, Texas. This came to be last month, with the surprise Saint Cecilia EP release, which was dedicated to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

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3. Dave Grohl Unveils His Throne

Dave Grohl made his return to the stage with Foo Fighters in July after breaking his leg in Washington DC for the band’s epic 20th anniversary concert at RFK Stadium. Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett, LL Cool J, and Trombone Shorty also performed. Grohl performed on a throne surrounded by guitars and even showed off footage of himself after his surgery for his broken leg. You can watch video of Foo Fighters performing “Everlong” below, followed by a photo of Grohl post surgery and a close up look at his throne.

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2. Dave Breaks His Leg, Keeps Playing

Dave Grohl broke his leg at Foo Fighters’ show in Gothenburg, Sweden in June when he fell into the pit during the second song of the set, “Monkey Wrench.” Grohl immediately knew something was wrong, and told the crowd he thought he had broken his leg. “I think I just broke my leg again. I think I really broke my leg. So you have my promise, right now, that the Foo Fighters, we’re gonna come back and finish the show. But right now…I’m gonna go to the hospital, I’mma fix my leg, but then I’mma come back, and we’re gonna play for you again. I’m so sorry.”

Grohl then told his bandmates they had to do ‘Chevy Metal,’ their side project covers act. Taylor Hawkins then took over vocals for part of the show, and said, “”Dave just broke his leg, in a big fucking way.” Grohl later returned and performed in a chair. “I may not be able to walk or run but I can still play guitar and scream,” Grohl told the crowd upon his return.

1. Foo Fighters Play Show For Rockin’ 1000 In Cesena

This is perhaps the greatest thing to happen in rock music so far this year. Foo Fighters made a dream a reality last month as they fulfilled their promise to play Cesena, Italy.

Back in July, an epic video of 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans playing “Learn to Fly” together went viral. The incredible initiative was spearheaded by visionary Fabio Zaffagnini, who spoke with Alternative Nation in an exclusive interview shortly after the video launched.

Dave Grohl immediately responded via a homemade video where he promised the Foo’s will be coming. Zaffagnini was also flown to Walla Walla, WA to meet the band before their Washington Park Community Center show in August. On October 22, the band announced the show would be happening, with tickets going on sale the next day.

“You want to sing a song? Ready T?” screamed Grohl before Foo Fighters opened the Cesena show with “Learn to Fly.”

“We’re here for a very very special reason. This has never happened before. This is like a revolution,” Grohl said as he expressed sincere gratitude to the joyous crowd.

“And then I fuckin’ cried because it was great,” Grohl continued before “Big Me.” “To see you people, singing our song for the whole fucking world, to me, it’s the greatest moment of my life. You should do the same thing, do it for U2, do it for Pearl Jam, do it for Soundgarden, do it for Rage Against the Machine.”

Dave Grohl’s drum battle from The Muppets has surfaced early. You can watch video of Grohl having a drum off with Animal from Miss Piggy’s band below (via Consequence of Sound). The Muppets episode airs on ABC tonight, but it debuted in Canada last night.

An assistant/runner who worked on Foo Fighters’ Saint Cecilia discussed the making of the new EP on Reddit.

“First off, the whole thing was recorded in about 5 or 6 days spread out between the 2 weekends they did ACL. I think Dave mentioned in his letter, first weekend was just cutting tracks, and the second weekend was vocals and overdubs.

I was basically just an assistant/runner, setting up mics and getting levels, and occasionally pushing record and playing back previous takes for the band to listen back. I wasn’t super pivotal haha.

the Preservation Hall jazz guys came over the first night, and Gary Clarke Jr. was there too hanging out. It kinda just turned into a big fun party, but the jazz guys did a part for the title track of the EP, that, upon listening, I’m not sure if it’s buried deep in the mix, or on the cutting room floor.

The recording equipment was super minimal. it was such a spur of the moment thing. we used a mac, some outboard gear like neve EQ’s and distressers, and the rough mixing was just done in Pro Tools.

it seemed like the band produced it themselves and all the mixing and mastering was done in LA after tracks had been cut.

the band was super nice and it was such a great experience.”

He added that there was an unreleased track recorded during the session.

“Fuck Around was recorded (that’s Taylor singing harmonies in Dave’s bathroom) but I guess they decided it didn’t fit with the EP. Other than that, all the songs are there (although upon hearing Iron Rooster, I have no memory of ever hearing that song. maybe it’s from somewhere else? haha.”

“everyone brings something different and cool to the table. Chris did about 5 solos at the end of the The Neverending Sigh and there was one point where we played all of them at the end and it was just this beautiful hurricane of guitars and Chris was able to take the best and make something amazing. Taylor’s fills were amazing and everyone would bounce ideas off of each other. those dudes really know how to play together. it’s incredible.”

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Some detectives on Foo Fighters’ Reddit page have uncovered the possible cover art for Foo Fighters’ upcoming EP, which is rumored to be titled 2nd Century A.D. If it isn’t real, it is definitely a beautiful piece of fan art. SweetInk explains the significance of the rumored titled, “Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians. Her feast day is on November 22nd. She was born on the “2nd Century AD.” It could be the EP Cover for a release on November 23rd. Or If it’s a fan made, this guy is very talented. I’ve read this, a lot of answers is in it. Like every room of Hotel Saint Cecilia is equipped with Geneva sound system and Whetstone Audio turntables..”

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Foo Fighters briefly released a studio clip of a new song off of their upcoming EP yesterday. The rumored title (according to Foo Fighters’ Reddit) for the EP is 2nd Century A.D. Listen to the clip below!

Below is the tracklisting for Foo Fighters’ upcoming EP the band is set to release later this month, as they are currently hyping on their mysterious lobby website.

Iron Rooster
Neverending Sigh
Saint Cecilia
Savior Breath
Sean

The five tracks were recently recorded in Austin, Texas. See photos below of the band working on the EP. Thanks to FooArchive.com for the scoop.

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made the announcement that the band had recorded new material during the band’s Austin City Limits Festival set.

“You know what I did last night … we recorded five fucking new songs in your beautiful city.”

Grohl also told the ACL festival goers that rocker Ben Kweller will be featured on one of those tracks.

Foo Fighters have recently been playing a teaser of a new song live at concerts on their European tour. Listen to teasers below.

Foo Fighters briefly released a studio clip of a new song off of their upcoming EP yesterday. The rumored title (according to Foo Fighters’ Reddit) for the EP is 2nd Century A.D. Listen to the clip below!

Below is the tracklisting for Foo Fighters’ upcoming EP the band is set to release later this month, as they are currently hyping on their mysterious lobby website.

Iron Rooster
Neverending Sigh
Saint Cecilia
Savior Breath
Sean

The five tracks were recently recorded in Austin, Texas. See photos below of the band working on the EP. Thanks to FooArchive.com for the scoop.

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made the announcement that the band had recorded new material during the band’s Austin City Limits Festival set.

“You know what I did last night … we recorded five fucking new songs in your beautiful city.”

Grohl also told the ACL festival goers that rocker Ben Kweller will be featured on one of those tracks.

Foo Fighters have recently been playing a teaser of a new song live at concerts on their European tour. Listen to teasers below.

Foo Fighters, U2, and Deftones have been forced to cancel dates in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform Monday, November 16th in Paris and have additionally cancelled the remainder of their European tour, Deftones were scheduled to perform November 14th, 15th, and 16th, and U2 were scheduled to perform November 14th and 15th.

Foo Fighters released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

The story of Italy’s Rockin’ 1000 is one we find to be both fascinating and incredibly inspiring. The organizations founder, Fabio Zaffagnini, spoke to Alternative Nation shortly after their “Learn to Fly” video was launched and the campaign to bring the Foo Fighters to Cesena went viral. He explained how simple drive by the park (where the video would eventually be filmed) inspired this seemingly crazy idea.

Fast forward a little over a year. The idea, the dream, … became a reality as Foo Fighters were so moved by this effort they agreed to play a show in Cesena on November 3rd. Though a November European tour was already in place, Cesena was added in late October as a direct result of the video that Dave Grohl called “one of the greatest moments of my life.”

As a part two, Alternative Nation had the chance to speak with Zaffagnini after the concert about the overall experience, how the accomplishment is sinking in and what’s next for the Rockin’ 1000. He also discussed how Dave Grohl revealed to him that the Rockin’ 1000 changed his view on how he looks at Foo Fighters songs.

 

After your Rockin’ 1000 “Learn to Fly” video launched and went viral, Foo Fighters had you as their guests at their show in Washington back in August correct? How was that experience?

It was Mumford and Sons who invited us to the Gentlemen of The Road Stop Over in Walla Walla, WA. Foo Fighters were performing that weekend so we had the opportunity to meet them. It was a weird experience: we were treated like Rock Stars, the policeman at immigration asked me a selfie!!! Can you imagine?


What was it like meeting the band for the first time after all you had done with Rockin’ 1000?

It was a confirmation of our expectations. The Foo Fighters are the way any fan would imagine and hope: funny, ironic, friendly and extremely laid back. After a few seconds it was like talking among friends.

Was that the first time you had spoken to anyone in the band?

Yes, it was the first time.


Where were you when you learned the Foo Fighters had agreed to come to Cesena and play a show on November 3rd?

Well, we were pretty sure that they would have come after talking in Walla Walla. Anyway, we discovered it as we were back home. We heard rumors of people secretly making inspections in town in search of a location.

That must have been a very emotional moment?

Ever since the day after the Rockin’1000 performance, everything has been so emotional, unexpected and big that I feel like I’ve been detached from reality. It’s hard to explain. It’s like being a kid at Disneyland, with thoughts that rush so fast into my mind that I find myself staring at the wall for minutes…maybe I’m going nuts.

Can you tell me about the Foo Fighters Cesena show? How was it, what was the overall experience like?

Well once again, we had a lot of things to do and a lot of work – our documentary, all the press relationships and our communication work. I didn’t have time to think about what was going on until the concert started. It has been just magic: I almost knew all the people inside there, 3k people in a small location…it was like a party among friends. Foo Fighters have been so generous, it was a fantastic concert and everybody was so loud and happy all the time.

Did you get to help write the setlist?
Yes, a little bit! Right before the concert we talked about it.

Dave Grohl brought you on stage, let you sit on his throne and speak to the crowd? What was that like for you?

I will probably never get back to earth after that. It has been such a strong emotion. Every time I think of this my eyes get wet, but not because I was so close to the band or somehow “popular” for three minutes. It’s been the best ending I could imagine, after more than one year of hard work, joy and pains. Thinking about all my team, all the people who worked at Rockin’1000, the musicians, volunteers, donors, even the ones who watched our video, millions and millions of people that got goose bumps.
It is just overwhelming, crazy.

I got chills from head to toe when I first saw the Rockin’ 1000 “Learn to Fly” video, I know Dave Grohl said it was one of best moments of his life and brought him to tears, but I still can’t imagine what it would’ve been like for the band.

Dave said that they don’t really think about the rest of the world when they write their songs and seeing that video helped him to realize the impact they have on their fans.

What they (and other bands as well) do is entering people’s guts, and this means that for the past and future decades, millions of people were and will be inspired by their songs; while driving, jogging, working, studying, dancing, doing whatever they’re up to. All of them will be mumbling their words, shaking their head, tapping their feet.

I have no idea about how they feel about this now, but if they have time to think about it, I am sure that they would feel satisfied about their contribution to mankind.

As special as this was for Cesena, it also appears as if it was incredibly special and moving for Foo Fighters. Did you ever think of it like that when putting this together? How special this could be for the band?

Yes, I hope that it has been special for them as well. Rockin’1000 has been a declaration of love for them and for Rock’n’roll. Everyone likes to be loved!

Can you tell me about the after party? I heard/saw that the band showed up and Dave Grohl jumped on stage with some of your local musicians. Did you know that was going to happen, Grohl would show up?

I told Dave about the after party and told him that a few musicians brought their instruments for a jam session. Before the concert Dave told he would love to come…and so he did. I could not believe he was serious, but this is what makes him a very special person. Very special.

Looking at the entire experience now, thinking “we did it,” how are you feeling right about it all? What does it mean to you?

Well, I haven’t realized in full what happened. It will take time. I am very focused on what’s next, it is part of my being restless.

Of course I had the confidence in the potential that me and my team had, and I often think about what we can still obtain through perseverance, passion and study. I feel a lot more optimistic and self-confident.

How has life changed for you personally with this entire experience?

I try to keep a low profile and not to take myself too seriously. We did all this for fun and everything went by far beyond all our expectations.

I had to quit my previous job and my life has become a mess, I struggle to keep up with everything.
It is weird to be continuously stopped by people asking for selfies and receiving compliments, I feel amused and embarrassed at the same time, but I am sure that in a few weeks all this will stop. What comes out of the internet is so fast.

Is Rockin’ 1000 now your only and full-time job?

No it is not. I would love to and I am working on this, but you know, it is not so easy to make money in Italy for this kind of thing! Rockin’1000 was not meant to be business-oriented. We’re actually figuring out a way to transform it into a company that organizes non-conventional events, keeping the same values: integrity, passion, craziness, joy.

Anyway, if anybody is hiring send me an email! You never know!

Dave Grohl suggested you guys should keep going and do the same thing for bands like U2, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc. Do you think you will?

We’re thinking about it, it is very hard. Everything has been so perfect and great and successful that it is hard to measure up. We think that we may go on in another direction, but you never know!

What do you plan to do now? What’s next for you and Rockin’ 1000?

We’re planning to organize further events involving common musicians, giving them the opportunity to go big. What people don’t know is how cool it is to hear and see them live.

Will you be keeping in touch with Dave Grohl?

Well, I am going to write him if I have something to say, I could have a blink of how his life is like and I don’t want to bust his balls. Spending some time with him has been great and I could hear his stories forever, it is such an unusual and interesting perspective…but you know, I am a common guy and I don’t care about telling others that I and Dave are friends.

 

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Below is the tracklisting for Foo Fighters’ upcoming EP the band is set to release later this month, as they are currently hyping on their mysterious lobby website.

Iron Rooster
Neverending Sigh
Saint Cecilia
Savior Breath
Sean

The five tracks were recently recorded in Austin, Texas. See photos below of the band working on the EP. Thanks to FooArchive.com for the scoop.

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made the announcement that the band had recorded new material during the band’s Austin City Limits Festival set.

“You know what I did last night … we recorded five fucking new songs in your beautiful city.”

Grohl also told the ACL festival goers that rocker Ben Kweller will be featured on one of those tracks.

Foo Fighters have recently been playing a teaser of a new song live at concerts on their European tour. Listen to teasers below.

Foo Fighters, U2, and Deftones have been forced to cancel dates in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform Monday, November 16th in Paris and have additionally cancelled the remainder of their European tour, Deftones were scheduled to perform November 14th, 15th, and 16th, and U2 were scheduled to perform November 14th and 15th.

Foo Fighters released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

“Nineteen years,” Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said as he took the stage in Poland.The Foo Fighters played their first Polish show in quite some time last night to an enthusiastic crowd. “I just forgot to come to Poland,” “I know. Stupid fucking asshole… next time, we won’t wait another fucking 19 years to come back, because you guys are fucking cool!”

“I think you want me to drink this right now, don’t you?” Grohl said after making a quip about Pearl Jam and before sharing a beer with guitarist Pat Smear and launching into “This Is A Call”. “I’m sorry for any mistakes after this, but this song’s easy because it’s the first song we did off the first record.”


 

Foo Fighters have recently been playing a teaser of a new song live at concerts on their European tour. The band are set to release an EP featuring songs they recently recorded in Austin, Texas, and this song has also been teased on there. Listen to the teaser being played in Cologne.

Foo Fighters recently kicked off their concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, and things didn’t quite go according to plan. As Foo Fighters started “Everlong,” the curtain dropped down as it always does, but this time it fell down right in front of Dave Grohl’s throne. Grohl had Foo Fighters stop the song for a minute to recover.

“Sometimes it’s the fucked up things that make you remember the show for the rest of your life,” Grohl said.

The band then resumed the song without missing a beat.

Dave Grohl didn’t just play a Foo Fighters show for the Rockin’ 1000 fans in Cesena, Italty, but he JAMMED with members of the Rockin’ 1000 at an after party after the show! Grohl played live without the aid of his throne for the first time in months, covering The Beatles classic “Come Together” with his fans. Watch video below!

Read Jeff Gorra’s recap of Foo Fighters’ Cesena show below:

This is perhaps the greatest thing to happen in rock music so far this year. Foo Fighters made a dream a reality on Tuesday as they fulfilled their promise to play Cesena, Italy.

Back in July, an epic video of 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans playing “Learn to Fly” together went viral. The incredible initiative was spearheaded by visionary Fabio Zaffagnini, who spoke with Alternative Nation in an exclusive interview shortly after the video launched.

Dave Grohl immediately responded via a homemade video where he promised the Foo’s will be coming. Zaffagnini was also flown to Walla Walla, WA to meet the band before their Washington Park Community Center show in August. On October 22, the band announced the show would be happening, with tickets going on sale the next day.

“You want to sing a song? Ready T?” screamed Grohl before Foo Fighters opened the Cesena show with “Learn to Fly.”

“We’re here for a very very special reason. This has never happened before. This is like a revolution,” Grohl said as he expressed sincere gratitude to the joyous crowd.

“And then I fuckin’ cried because it was great,” Grohl continued before “Big Me.” “To see you people, singing our song for the whole fucking world, to me, it’s the greatest moment of my life. You should do the same thing, do it for U2, do it for Pearl Jam, do it for Soundgarden, do it for Rage Against the Machine.”

Foo Fighters recently kicked off their concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, and things didn’t quite go according to plan. As Foo Fighters started “Everlong,” the curtain dropped down as it always does, but this time it fell down right in front of Dave Grohl’s throne. Grohl had Foo Fighters stop the song for a minute to recover.

“Sometimes it’s the fucked up things that make you remember the show for the rest of your life,” Grohl said.

The band then resumed the song without missing a beat.

Dave Grohl didn’t just play a Foo Fighters show for the Rockin’ 1000 fans in Cesena, Italty, but he JAMMED with members of the Rockin’ 1000 at an after party after the show! Grohl played live without the aid of his throne for the first time in months, covering The Beatles classic “Come Together” with his fans. Watch video below!

Read Jeff Gorra’s recap of Foo Fighters’ Cesena show below:

This is perhaps the greatest thing to happen in rock music so far this year. Foo Fighters made a dream a reality on Tuesday as they fulfilled their promise to play Cesena, Italy.

Back in July, an epic video of 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans playing “Learn to Fly” together went viral. The incredible initiative was spearheaded by visionary Fabio Zaffagnini, who spoke with Alternative Nation in an exclusive interview shortly after the video launched.

Dave Grohl immediately responded via a homemade video where he promised the Foo’s will be coming. Zaffagnini was also flown to Walla Walla, WA to meet the band before their Washington Park Community Center show in August. On October 22, the band announced the show would be happening, with tickets going on sale the next day.

“You want to sing a song? Ready T?” screamed Grohl before Foo Fighters opened the Cesena show with “Learn to Fly.”

“We’re here for a very very special reason. This has never happened before. This is like a revolution,” Grohl said as he expressed sincere gratitude to the joyous crowd.

“And then I fuckin’ cried because it was great,” Grohl continued before “Big Me.” “To see you people, singing our song for the whole fucking world, to me, it’s the greatest moment of my life. You should do the same thing, do it for U2, do it for Pearl Jam, do it for Soundgarden, do it for Rage Against the Machine.”

Dave Grohl didn’t just play a Foo Fighters show for the Rockin’ 1000 fans in Cesena, Italty, but he JAMMED with members of the Rockin’ 1000 at an after party after the show! Grohl played live without the aid of his throne for the first time in months, covering The Beatles classic “Come Together” with his fans. Watch video below!

Read Jeff Gorra’s recap of Foo Fighters’ Cesena show below:

This is perhaps the greatest thing to happen in rock music so far this year. Foo Fighters made a dream a reality on Tuesday as they fulfilled their promise to play Cesena, Italy.

Back in July, an epic video of 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans playing “Learn to Fly” together went viral. The incredible initiative was spearheaded by visionary Fabio Zaffagnini, who spoke with Alternative Nation in an exclusive interview shortly after the video launched.

Dave Grohl immediately responded via a homemade video where he promised the Foo’s will be coming. Zaffagnini was also flown to Walla Walla, WA to meet the band before their Washington Park Community Center show in August. On October 22, the band announced the show would be happening, with tickets going on sale the next day.

“You want to sing a song? Ready T?” screamed Grohl before Foo Fighters opened the Cesena show with “Learn to Fly.”

“We’re here for a very very special reason. This has never happened before. This is like a revolution,” Grohl said as he expressed sincere gratitude to the joyous crowd.

“And then I fuckin’ cried because it was great,” Grohl continued before “Big Me.” “To see you people, singing our song for the whole fucking world, to me, it’s the greatest moment of my life. You should do the same thing, do it for U2, do it for Pearl Jam, do it for Soundgarden, do it for Rage Against the Machine.”

SETLIST:
Learn to Fly
All My Life
Times Like These
Breakout
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Big Me
Congregation
Walk
Tom Sawyer -> Another One Bites The Dust -> God Save The Queen -> MTV Theme Song -> Radio GaGa -> Miss You
Cold Day in the Sun
My Hero
Under Pressure (Queen cover) (with “Mohawk guy” from the Rockin’1000 video on drums)
Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover)
Best of You
I’ll Stick Around
These Days
This Is a Call
In the Flesh? (Pink Floyd cover)
Skin and Bones
Monkey Wrench
Everlong

The official Rockin’ 1000 video has over 26 million views.

This is perhaps the greatest thing to happen in rock music so far this year. Foo Fighters made a dream a reality on Tuesday as they fulfilled their promise to play Cesena, Italy.

Back in July, an epic video of 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans playing “Learn to Fly” together went viral. The incredible initiative was spearheaded by visionary Fabio Zaffagnini, who spoke with Alternative Nation in an exclusive interview shortly after the video launched.

Dave Grohl immediately responded via a homemade video where he promised the Foo’s will be coming. Zaffagnini was also flown to Walla Walla, WA to meet the band before their Washington Park Community Center show in August. On October 22, the band announced the show would be happening, with tickets going on sale the next day.

“You want to sing a song? Ready T?” screamed Grohl before Foo Fighters opened the Cesena show with “Learn to Fly.”

“We’re here for a very very special reason. This has never happened before. This is like a revolution,” Grohl said as he expressed sincere gratitude to the joyous crowd.

“And then I fuckin’ cried because it was great,” Grohl continued before “Big Me.” “To see you people, singing our song for the whole fucking world, to me, it’s the greatest moment of my life. You should do the same thing, do it for U2, do it for Pearl Jam, do it for Soundgarden, do it for Rage Against the Machine.”

SETLIST:
Learn to Fly
All My Life
Times Like These
Breakout
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Big Me
Congregation
Walk
Tom Sawyer -> Another One Bites The Dust -> God Save The Queen -> MTV Theme Song -> Radio GaGa -> Miss You
Cold Day in the Sun
My Hero
Under Pressure (Queen cover) (with “Mohawk guy” from the Rockin’1000 video on drums)
Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover)
Best of You
I’ll Stick Around
These Days
This Is a Call
In the Flesh? (Pink Floyd cover)
Skin and Bones
Monkey Wrench
Everlong

The official Rockin’ 1000 video has over 26 million views.

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In a new hidden audio file on Foo Fighters’ mysterious Lobby website, Dave Grohl can be heard humming the riff to a new Foo Fighters song. He also says, “”I don’t know about that weird three guitar thing, I feel like it should be something else. Let’s just do two.” Listen to the clip below.

Stubru is reporting that the first audio uploaded on the site of people inaudibly talking in what appears to be a studio was actually combined with the shorter clip of Grohl heard above.

The first one seems to be random audio. But when downloading the sound file, there’s some intriguing information.

The ID3 tags of the mp3 file show that the audio was recorded in a hotel in India: ‘IndiaHotel_DIGII09-11’. The countdown page is also, coincidentally, called ‘Lobby’.

There’s also a Diggi Hotel in Jaipur, Rajasthan, in case you want to book a room. This Asian clue, paired with the foo dog, might indicate a tour in Asia?

Foo Fighters producer Butch Vig has told Billboard that he believes there will be a Sonic Highways sequel, and it will likely happen in summer 2016 if discussions are successful. The first Sonic Highways was released as an album and HBO TV series last year.

“I think there is going to be a Sonic Highways II,” Butch Vig told Billboard. “But it’s still in discussions right now. I know Dave [Grohl] and HBO are both really want to do it, but it’s going to be different. It’s not going to be the same exact format as the last album… if it happens, it’ll probably happen next summer.”

Foo Fighters recently changed the background audio on their mysterious website with a countdown clock to a new instrumental that sounds very Pink Floyd inspired. It it also accompanied by a new image. Click here to download the song clip from Foo Fighters’ lobby website, and view the new image below.

Foo Fighters have changed the background audio on their mysterious website with a countdown clock to a new instrumental that sounds very Pink Floyd inspired. It it also accompanied by a new image. Click here to download the song clip from Foo Fighters’ lobby website, and view the new image below.

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Foo Fighters have launched a new website featuring a countdown clock with audio in the background of people talking for a few minutes with Dave Grohl’s voice briefly being heard, set to expire 23 days from now. On the website, Foo Fighters’ logo is in the middle of a U.S. highway sign that resembles U.S. Route 66 (and many others). Alternative Nation has put the countdown clock and the Route 66 sign side by side in the above photo.

U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). The announcement may involve a tour in the area or perhaps a continuation of Sonic Highways, the band having recently recorded 5 new songs in Austin shows that the band have no plans to go on hiatus in the immediate future. What do you think is next for Foo Fighters and Sonic Highways? Let us know in the comment section!

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