Back in June, Foo Fighters
frontman Dave Grohl revealed the band's newest project, Concrete and Gold
, during an interview on BBC Radio 1
. The record was six months in the making and totally underwraps. According to the longtime rock veteran, Concrete and Gold
will be the Foo Fighters' biggest album yet - a strong statement for a band on their ninth studio record.
Grohl made it clear this album will be full of surprises, including a production credit from a former Boyz II Men member. Apparently, "the biggest pop star in the world" lends a hand on one of the record's heaviest new songs. Even though he won't be giving away specifics any time soon, Grohl did leave us with a few (unhelpful) hints: the person's been around for a long time, and is more talented than Grohl ever suspected.
Adele and Taylor Swift have already been officially ruled out
, but the possibilities are still endless. Here are 10 artists we'd like to see collaborate with the rock legends.
The former One Direction member turned war reenactor wouldn't be totally out of the question here. Styles took the world by surprise with his self-titled solo venture, which leaned more toward 60s and 70s rock than boyband pop. There's definitely a chance Styles ended up being more talented than Grohl originally thought.
An unlikely candidate in the grand scheme of things, but the mysterious pop songstress does have a strong connection with Concrete and Gold
producer, Greg Kurstin. This would be a gutsy move from both Grohl and Sia, who often receives praise for her unabashed authenticity. Sia's been around for a long time, too, even though it sort of seems like she just appeared out of thin air.
This would be a no-brainer, really. Sir Paul McCartney is one of, if not the
biggest star on the planet. Grohl mentioned that the top secret guest had discussed being part of season two of the HBO series, Sonic Highways
, which debuted in 2014. If the second season was going to focus on the music of cities outside the U.S., then Sir Paul would be a perfect fit.
Especially after the massive success of his third record, Ed Sheeran is certainly in the running for biggest pop star in the world. The British singer isn't one to shy away from adapting a new sound, as he's moved away from his traditional singer-songwriter debut, to a worldly, pop-inspired style. He's a talented songwriter and brilliant guitarist, and his gentle vocals would definitely be a big surprise on a heavy rock song.
Given that U2 just featured on the new Kendrick Lamar record, I wouldn't be surprised if the illustrious frontman decided to continue the collaborative trend. Bono has been around forever, but wouldn't technically qualify the pop-star requirement. The Irishman is a longtime collaborator both on and off the music scene, teaming up with politicians, philanthropists, and activists worldwide.
There aren't a lot of scenarios in which Jack Antonoff would cross paths with Dave Grohl, but this would be a very interesting possibility. The Bleachers singer is no stranger to collaborations, though - he's worked with everyone from Charli XCX to St. Lucia, and even produced an entire record that featured other artists covering his own songs.
This would be very unlikely, but it's still so entertaining to think about. I'm really enjoying the mental image of Sir Elton John in the studio with Dave Grohl, recording vocals on one of the Foo Fighters' heaviest songs to date.
Pop-star? Check. Long-term career? Check. More talented than expected? Check. The former NSYNC member hasn't made a major record of his own since The 20/20 Experience
in 2013, but Grohl did say the two crossed paths during recording sessions at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles.
Even though she's not as popular as she was in the early 2010s, Lady Gaga is still a huge name. It wouldn't be totally unbelievable for Gaga to collaborate on a rock record, since she's already performed with Metallica at the Super Bowl.
There's absolutely no world in which Dave Grohl is shocked by how talented Stevie Nicks is, but this collaboration would be one for the history books.